According to the character breakdowns released last week, Amell will play “27 year old reformed bad boy, who after having spent five years shipwrecked on a tiny, brutally dangerous island in the South China Sea returns to town a different man. Or to be more specific, a tortured, thoughtful master of the bow with a ferocious determination to make a difference”.
Amell is best known recently for Hung and Private Practice, but has also turned up in several episodes of The Vampire Diaries and 90210. This is a potentially star-making turn for the actor, and frankly we can actually see him in the role. We will always push for an Oliver Queen with a beard, but if the current run of DC Comics is anything to go by, they are grooming Arrow for a younger, more cutting-edge technology savvy audience. Looks like bows and arrows just don’t cut it in a meta-world.
Arrow is a modern retelling of the legendary comics character and hails from Green Lantern duo Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, who will executive produce and pen the project alongside Fringe co-EP Andrew Kreisberg, with whom they worked on Eli Stone“. The pedigree of the team comes with the added benefit that Kreisberg wrote a number of issues of the comic book series.
Created in 1941 for a DC Comics’ More Fun Comics #73, the emerald archer essentially provided readers with an archery-themed alternative to the already popular Batman. Indeed, Green Arrow (aka Oliver Queen) was also a billionaire playboy, although his origin story saw him take on a Robin Hood mantle after being stranded on a desert island and forced to survive by learning mad archery skills.
Portrayed by Justin Hartley, Green Arrow became a popular character on Smallvilleafter being introduced in the show’s sixth season in 2006, and appeared in over 70 episodes.