It may not come as a shock for the many devoted fans of the CW’s epic vigilante drama Arrow – but the network is pleased to announce that the show has received an early season 2 picked up. Along with Arrow the CW has also confirmed the renewal of two of their other heavy TV hitters.

Arrow has been a rating dominator for The CW and currently sits as the network’s most watched series. Arrow also debuted as the CWs highest premiered show since The Vampire Diaries in fall 2009.

CW president Mark Pedowitz, released a statement about his excitement for the series’ early renewal by saying:

“We said last year that one of our goals was to establish building blocks to grow on, and now with our new hit Arrow and fan favorite Supernatural on Wednesday night, and the continued success of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, we’ve been able to do that. Not only do Arrow, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries perform well on-air, they’re also extremely successful for us both digitally and socially. I’m thrilled to have all three shows returning to our schedule next season.”

For those unfamiliar with Arrow – where have you been? The series stars Stephen Amell as billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, who after spending five years shipwrecked on an island of the South China Sea, returns home to his beloved Starling City to get rid of the ever-growing criminal element that has slowly infested its streets.  Based on DC Comics’ emerald archer, Green Arrow – Arrow features a host of well-known comic book characters brought to life, including the Huntress, Firefly and Deathstroke the Terminator.

Most recent comic addition to the series will be Roy Harper played by former Teen Wolf star Colton Haynes. The original DC version of Harper started off as Green Arrow’s young sidekick Speedy, but as teen sidekicks often do, Roy grew up and took on a solo act following a confrontation with Green Arrow over Harper’s problematic heroin addiction.

With all the comic book characters already featured in season 1, the burning question of just who else might pop by Startling City is front and center. While the CW is keeping quiet for now, many are speculating that it’s only a matter of time before Queen’s superhero buddy Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern makes an appearance. Series developer Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim (who also co-wrote the Green Lantern film) have a no superpower rule for the Arrow TV series (as of right now at least) – but that doesn’t rule out Jordan’s appearance minus the fancy ring.

Another DC big-shot spinning around the rumor mill is none other than Bruce Wayne. While Batman seems nearly out of the question, the Waynes and Queens run in the same social circles and have often interacted in-and-out of spandex in the comics, so the idea of playboy verse playboy may not be too farfetched.

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Arrow airs Wednesdays @ 8pm on the CW.

Source: The Futon Critic