Official Series Description For CW's ARROW

CW's Green Arrow television show has officially been picked up and here's the official description. Does this sound like the Oliver Queen show you want to see?

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By Mark Julian - 5/14/2012
Here's the official description below---

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he's become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel's father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver's own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.

The series stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance.


What do you guys think? Personally I think it sounds like Iron Man mixed with Batman. Which has the potential to be incredibly awesome or hilariously bad.




Running Time: 60 minutes [rumored]
Release Date: Unknown
TV Rating: Unknown
Starring: Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance.
Showrunner: David Nutter and Greg Berlanti
Written by: Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Andrew Kreisberg, Mort Weisinger (creator)




Green Arrow is a fictional character, a superhero that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, he first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 in November 1941. His secret identity is Oliver Queen, billionaire and former mayor of fictional Star City.

On 18 January, 2012, The CW greenlit the pilot for a proposed Green Arrow series with Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg producing. The series, Arrow, will offer a fresh take on the character. Smallville's Justin Hartley will not be involved in the new project. Actor Stephen Amell will portray Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in the pilot.In Arrow, Oliver Queen will be in his late twenties. Dinah Laurel Lance will also be a featured character, though not as the Black Canary and using her middle name "Laurel." Oliver Queen's mother Moira is still alive in the present day, with Oliver Queen returning to Starling City after people believed he was dead for five years. It has been recently reported that actress Katie Cassidy will portray Dinah Laurel Lance in the pilot episode.





Source: OCSK via io9
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mawilli4 - 5/14/2012, 6:34 AM
I don't think this is real. As far as I am aware "philanderer" is not a word, shouldn't it be "philanthropist"?
MarkJulian - 5/14/2012, 6:38 AM
philanderer: womanizer: a man who likes many women and has short sexual relationships with them.
MarkJulian - 5/14/2012, 6:39 AM
see Bruce Wayne and/or Tony Stark
MarkV - 5/14/2012, 7:26 AM
Derivative much?
mickbhoy - 5/14/2012, 7:30 AM
philanderer isnt a word? are you for real?
SamWinchester - 5/14/2012, 7:30 AM
WTF? Oliver's mother is dead and he has no sister.
RaleighAntrobus - 5/14/2012, 7:38 AM
Wait... It's on the CW? Yeah, I'll pass. Come on, DC, as if "Smallville" wasn't bad enough.
OnLeatherWings - 5/14/2012, 7:40 AM
its worth checking out. as long as it takes a bit more serious tone and doesn't get all soap opera like and comes up with actual good story arcs. i liked smallville but some of the arcs in there were pretty bad.
TheBurnSays - 5/14/2012, 7:41 AM
So we dropped the "green" part huh!
TheOther - 5/14/2012, 7:41 AM
at least, he's not a genius philanthropist
NorrinRaddical - 5/14/2012, 7:45 AM
that's where I am Raleigh. I'd like a totally different/new tone than an extension of Smallville. I also wouldn't be opposed to that Supermax movie where he escapes from super villain prison.....
Reo5150 - 5/14/2012, 8:09 AM
Probably philanderer since that's what he "used to be". Using it as a cover for his secret.
SigmaCenturion - 5/14/2012, 8:10 AM
This sounds bad when you drop half of a characters name and what is with "starling" city????
BmanHall - 5/14/2012, 8:25 AM
This reeks of Smallville.
KungFuGee - 5/14/2012, 8:29 AM
This sounds a lil corny. But, if they make it an action based series and not a damn "wordy", soap opera with cheesy special effects it might be OK. We shall see. I hope its cool.
batbro - 5/14/2012, 8:37 AM
arrow without "green"?
starling city?
his mother alive?
oh dear god...
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 5/14/2012, 8:40 AM
If the show takes a serious tone, them it has the potential to be really good. Eho knows if the series is successful instead of having movies for all potential JLrs, they can use the lead of Arrow for the movie. Might be able to fast track a JL CBM this way. DC/WB has MOS and will reboot Bats eventually, just need a Flash and WW flick ir series.
AC1 - 5/14/2012, 8:42 AM
sounds shit.
Dedpool - 5/14/2012, 8:51 AM
Pretty much what i thought it would be. Had an idea of Tommy turning assassin for fun like "Killer" in "Faster" and them both being former olympic level archers that competed against each other at one time.
thalidomide - 5/14/2012, 8:53 AM
@Gusto

Are they protecting their virginity? :p
sinchsw - 5/14/2012, 9:28 AM
What the hell is wrong with calling it STAR CITY. Jesus!
timotey - 5/14/2012, 9:31 AM
Again with the bashing before you see it? Yeah, they changed his background a bit, possibly to differentiate him from Smallville's Green Arrow. You don't know why the changes were made, they could've been dictated by DC or by the Smallville authors, maybe DC allowed them to "buy" just Green Arrow and no other character for the time being so they need to pad it out a bit so that there's enough material for a show... Why not be glad that there will actually be a comic book inspired show on TV once more?
SteveRogers - 5/14/2012, 9:32 AM
Meh. Who really expected a faithful adaptation? Part of the story is right, but Queen's mother is dead. I guess a TV show needs people to cling to Ollie for the purpose of exposition. Smallville devotees are probably pissed that they don't get an extension of THEIR Green Arrow......which SHOULD have been the name of this series.
thetrojan - 5/14/2012, 9:35 AM
all the tv shows are soap operas
if there are commercials its a soap opera
And there is always a pattern as the series runs out of steam
I wont be watching this
AlexDeLarge87 - 5/14/2012, 9:38 AM
Meh. If its anything like Smallville. I pass.
SuperSomething616 - 5/14/2012, 9:45 AM
Everything is there except "Starling City" and "Arrow"...why? Seriously WB just why?

Where is the need?
SamWinchester - 5/14/2012, 9:51 AM
@timotey

Because it's not a matter of the quantity of comic book-adpated shows, it's a matter of quality. If they can't do the characters correct justice then there's absolutely no need to do them at all. It's generally alright to take liberties with retconned storylines but not with vital key points that essentially makes the character who the character traditionally is.

The death of Ollie's parents is one of the vocal driving forces behind what makes him a superhero; to alter that fact or to give him a sibling is to alter the character and his perception of the world.
thisheart - 5/14/2012, 9:53 AM
More like Batman Begins meets TASM than Batman meets Iron Man.

BB:
Away from civilization for years and comes back a new man.
Has a butler as his right hand man.
Reconnects with former girlfriend.

TASM: girlfriend's father seeks to apprehend the vigilante.
I guess that would kinda go along with Hulk's story too.

The shipwreck/mom angle are interesting though. Sounds a lot better than that ridiculous Wonder Woman show they were planning.
tazmaniak - 5/14/2012, 9:57 AM
"The death of Ollie's parents is one of the vocal driving forces behind what makes him a superhero; to alter that fact or to give him a sibling is to alter the character and his perception of the world. "

That's not true, at all. His parents' deaths had absolutely no bearing on his later life, nor his decision to become a hero.

They were so insignificant that they weren't even introduced until the mid-90s, over 50 years after Green Arrow's debut. His family wasn't even covered up until that period. For all we know, he could have had a sister, but she was never touched upon.

His parents being alive or dead doesn't alter his story in any way. I think it actually enhances it. The fact that the comics have barely touched upon Oliver's life before he became Green Arrow gives this show a lot of room for creativity, without actually trampling on any established storylines.
norrinradd85 - 5/14/2012, 10:06 AM
They should have just done a spin-off with Justin Hartley......
BIGBMH - 5/14/2012, 10:25 AM
I'll reserve judgement until I see footage. A lot depends on the tone, acting, and quality of action. I'm not a big Green Arrow fan so the changes don't bother me. Just because it deviates from the source material doesn't mean it will be bad at what it does.
MarkJulian - 5/14/2012, 11:44 AM
It's probably called Starling City b/c Star City is unrealistic. Just sayin....
CaptainDC - 5/14/2012, 12:32 PM
I like it!!! I don't get all of you haters. With Smallville gone and very little comic book heroes out on television, why can't we put faith in this? It sounds to be a great plot, and the Green Arrow is a really cool character who needs a wider audience. I'm psyched for this show, and if it turns out bad, so be it. At least we are able to see something
jazzman - 5/14/2012, 12:41 PM
this sounds sh!t

@MarkJulian

unrealisitic really, they should keep it as Star City not f**king Starling City
ChaosLord - 5/14/2012, 1:07 PM
Once again...too many dumb changes...GA will become even dumber
tazmaniak - 5/14/2012, 1:29 PM
The changes are minor and they were made to distinguish it from Smallville.

Green Arrow appeared on Smallville for 5 seasons, he lived in Star City and Dinah Lance was present for a few episodes.

Calling him Arrow, having him live in Starling City and calling her Laurel separates it from the most recent incarnation, while staying close to the source material.

It's not like they gave him an entirely new name. Arrow, which is the most important part of his name, is still there. And why would he call himself Green Arrow? There aren't any other heroes around named Arrow that he would need to use the word green to distinguish himself.

It's called Starling City, but it's not such a stretch that some people might call it Star City, for short. As in, people come there to be stars or a lot of stars live in Starling City. It's like the comic, Sin City. The comic is actually set in Basin City, but the residents call it Sin City, for obvious reasons.

As for Dinah, her middle name is Laurel, so it's not that big of a deal that's they're using that name. Like with Arrow, they're not creating a whole new name for her, just dropping her first name. And unless something has changed, they do acknowledge her first name is still Dinah in the pilot.
jazzman - 5/14/2012, 1:43 PM
@tazmaniak

dont try and make sense out this crappy show. whats next change Batman story and place where he come from. lets see Batman is now called Bat and he live in Gothling City lol
timotey - 5/14/2012, 2:04 PM
I don't get you people. You would rather have nothing than something that sounds different to what you are used to that might turn out good, if given a chance. Wow. Small minded much?
NorrinRaddical - 5/14/2012, 3:51 PM
@jazz, don't forget, Martha Wayne should also be alive. And by Martha I mean Marling
SamWinchester - 5/14/2012, 5:21 PM
@jazzman

lol Thank you.
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