New ‘Arrow’ Clip Reveals Darker Take on Green Arrow Character

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The premiere of CW’s new superhero thriller Arrow may still be a few weeks away, but already enthusiastic comic book fans are all a quiver (pun intended) with anticipation to watch the emerald archer take aim at crime. In preparation for its new superhero series, the CW has released an exhilarating new promo that shows the vigilante known as Arrow introducing some thugs to the pointy end of a longbow.

Earlier this year, Arrow writers and executive producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern) assured viewers a darker and edgier series by stepping away from some classic comic book elements in favor or more real-world components – and judging by this new promo, they kept that promise. While it’s not 100% clear, it sure looks like the new vigilante of Starling City will do anything to clean up his streets – including the use of lethal force.

Based on the DC Comics superhero Green Arrow, Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, whose perfect pampered life is forever altered when he is stranded on a mysterious island off the South Pacific, following a yacht crash. Returning after five years lost at sea, Oliver’s once carefree existence has been sharpened with the new purpose of eliminating crime in his home city.

Despite the Green Arrow roots, this version of the character appears to be taking on elements of another popular DC hero – Batman – by ditching the goofy trick-arrows and witty puns, and by pushing the character deeper into the shadows.

Arrow promo 2 New Arrow Clip Reveals Darker Take on Green Arrow CharacterThe DC comic book version of Green Arrow

While Batman won’t likely be swinging into Starling City during this season of Arrow, the series will however feature many well-known (and not so well-known) DC Comics characters – including Deadshot, The Huntress and Deathstroke the Terminator. Berlanti and Guggenheim also claim that Arrow will steer clear of the whole “super powers” component (at least for now), so most of the comic book characters who Arrow will be encountering this season will either be known for their acute martial arts skill, or will have any super power they possess in the comics written out.

Keep your eye on the main page for more Arrow info and catch the series premiere Wednesday October 10 @ 8/7c on the CW.

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  1. meh… ill pass

  2. I get keeping it within a manageable scale, and I am looking forward to seeing this. But really, what is the point of a ‘Superhero’ show if it doesn’t have any superheroes?

    • good point. I think they should give Batman A break on the big screen and give us a series instead on Stars, FX, HBO, ect. that way they can get a chance to use the whole deck of bad guys. just imagine 12 to 15 hours a year vs 2:30 to 3:00 hours every two to three years.

  3. They seem to be basing this on the GA series, The Longbow Hunters, which i am down for. As that was a creation of Mike Grell’s, I am happy he gets a nod here in the dialogue.

    • OMG a chunk of my brain broke free when you mentioned Mike Grell, holy cow…I haven’t even thought about that guy for ages 😛

  4. In the comics I used to wonder why they didn’t kill the villians. Came to realise if you kill them you run out of villans real fast. But I still want to see this show.

  5. looks fan made…

  6. Why don’t they just call it what it really is?

    Batm-, err, I mean, “Green Arrow Begins.”

  7. I wasn’t digging Stephen Amell…..i guess i will have to wait for the pilot to be sure. But i still think they should have picked a different hero….someone that isn’t as similar to Batman.

  8. I think what they’re trying to do is just get in before Marvel manage to make a series about Hawkeye. probably a good idea but it seems a bit lame… like they’re trying to turn green arrow into punisher or something.

  9. seriously they obviously want to make him Batman – why not just make a Batman tv series – people would watch – just do it carefully

  10. let’s just hope that the original trailer hasnt ruined anything for us by **SPOILERS FROM NOW ON** showing us the death of the european martial artist (played by darren shahlavi) and deathstroke (his mask has an arrow going through it).

    on the whole, it looks like a pretty cool james bond style tv series, might be my ‘go to’ show once burn notice and breaking bad finish (they’re the only 2 shows i watch atm).

  11. I cannot wait to watch the show. It seems a little forced at times and relying on similar tricks to get viewers but this showhas the poential to be a decent show to watch every week. This is the type of show that usually become good-great with a few episodes in and the gears working. Its really hard to judge on the pilot.

  12. David Nutter directing the pilot is a goodsign though…hopefully

  13. Uhm… is it just me or does anyone else think the acting was kinda… weak? o_O
    And I’m sure the reason why he had to kill the thugs was because he didn’t wear costume good enough to cover his FACE (hey, eye witness is not allowed, so bye bye)

  14. @Nightwing, you gave me the word I was searching for..forced. Something forced and ‘un-fluid’ about this trailer IMO. Is it the acting? The dialogue? Or just a desperate attempt to be tough and silent (batman-esque)? Not quite sure. But I’ll give it a shot. I hope it delivers something a bit more though.

  15. I want more grit and darkness, in fact so dark I cant even see it!! What is the fixation of making comic book characters dark and true to life?? The Avengers is no where near dark or gritty and that was my most enjoyable movie experience I have had in years, laughs, action, story and build up – Just because Batman took a more serious tangent and was a great success (in my opinion) does this mean its going to be the same for all others? The record needs changing……….

    • Agreed.

  16. I thought Smallville was going to be “Dawson Creek” with Superman, it took 2 seasons for to go from that, to Pretty Freaking Awesome.

  17. …looks cool to me. I’m not getting a “dark” vibe…just a serious tone that works very well for a character like GA.

    I’m very much looking forward to the premiere in a couple of weeks.

  18. Lol. Makes me laugh that WB/DC think they need to make every DC character darker & grittier to have something to sell. I don’t see how darker they could make Batman now. I mean imo he was darker in the comics before his “No Kill Policy” when he carried a gun & killed people at random. What will they do with Flash, have him have one of his hands vibrate through very random people?

    • lol Could you imagine a really dark flash? lol any version?

      • @ Pawn65

        Lol heck no. I can’t imagine alot of DC characters being dark unless they get made that way on purpose.

    • Green Arrow has always been a dark “cross the line” vigilante more than a superhero.

  19. Should of included superheroes with powers or at least references.

  20. Reminds me of that scene in Batman Begins…yeah that one….looks good tho…

  21. if they didnt want to do a superhero show about characters with super powers then they shouldnt do a show about a hero who encounters many villians and other heros with powers .. kind of like if they wanted to make a show about a teenager with super powers but didnt want him to wear a costume or fly or be called superman when he grows up then they should of just changed the name of the show and characters .

  22. Looks like a good show