‘Arrow’ Star Stephen Amell on Comparisons to ‘Smallville’ & Geoff Johns’ Involvement

Published 3 years ago by , Updated May 31st, 2012 at 8:01 am,

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After the much-discussed release of the series trailer, it’s safe to say that The CW’s Arrow has grabbed the attention of many a television viewer and comic book fan. However, considering the character of Oliver Queen was already a major part of Smallville, some questions still linger as to how much of a resemblance this new Green Arrow will have to the character made popular by Justin Hartley.

Series lead Stephen Amell (90210, Hung) recently talked about his role as Oliver Queen/Arrow, the kind of superhero universe fans can expect to see in the upcoming show, and how this version of Queen is different from the one previously seen on the same network.

One of the key points brought up by Amell, courtesy of IGN, was that this version of the character won’t be tussling with any super-powered villains or teaming up with the likes of Clark Kent anytime soon.

In fact, it sounds – for the time being, anyway – like The CW is sticking by their guns and Arrow will be a more grounded take on the character and the superhero genre as a whole.

In the interview, Amell said:

“We tried to make [the character of Arrow] as real as possible. The character doesn’t have any superpowers. Nobody on the show has any superpowers. David Nutter – I think he said this when a picture of the costume was released – when he made ‘Smallville,’ he wanted to find the humanity in Clark Kent. We’re looking for the humanity in Oliver Queen too. He’s gone through a ton to get to where he is, and we’re going to explore how he got there. But we wanted to make sure that he was really properly weighted and real.”

Properly weighted” and “real” don’t necessarily rule out Arrow playing host to some of DC Comics’ many non-powered characters at some point. In addition to DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns possibly stepping in to write an episode, Amell suggests that the door is wide open for DC characters other than core Green Arrow cast members to appear in the series.

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“Stay tuned. I know that the people that are working on the show [...] love comics. I know that Geoff Johns from DC Comics…he was up there [on set]. I think that he’s going to write an episode eventually. It would be unfortunate if, being a comic book show, we didn’t draw from all the characters in the DC Universe. I hope we do.”

Rumor has it that the pilot is loaded with Easter eggs for comic fans. Whether or not those clues will hint at potential future villains, heroes, or storylines remains to be seen, but it sounds as though we’ll be seeing some Arrow versions of popular characters before too long — especially with Johns involved somewhere down the line.

With regard to how this Oliver Queen will differ from the one who appeared in Smallville, Amell told Zap2it that the dissimilarity will be obvious from the start:

“I think we find Oliver Queen more injured than we saw him before. Other than in name, there are virtually no similarities between [Hartley's version and the new version]. It’s not to say that one’s better than the other, it’s just that they’re so different, it’s almost weird to compare them.”

Should the series prove a success, perhaps Arrow could be the start of a new televised DCU. The idea certainly played a part in Smallville lasting for 10 seasons, and with this series having its own set of ground rules, there is plenty of opportunity for some fresh takes on well-established characters. Let’s see if Arrow brings any of them aboard after the series launches this fall.


Arrow will air Wednesday nights @8pm starting this fall on The CW.

Source: IGN, Zap2it

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  1. I must say, as much as I was against this, it looks pretty good and I will give it a shot.

  2. I just wish DC would focus more on their films. At this rate, Justice League isn’t going to come, like, ever.

  3. Must admit… never heard of 90201 :D

  4. Here’s hoping they bring a young Bruce Wayne into one of the storylines!

    • dude!!! That would be awesome!!!!! I honestly didn’t think of that oddly enough. But how amazing would that be! I’m already on board for this show but hopefully if it is a success Rey eventually dive into super powered characters

      • I would rather they leave the big characters out. There are plenty of second string characters that can be awesome, but I think they need to leave any and all the big seven out of the tv shows because it takes away from their movie titles. If they mentioned a urban legend in Gotham or a billionaire playboy that owns all of gotham, or an emerald knight in Coast City, I would be fine with that. Acknowledge their existence but let us have the movie versions over anything on tv.

        • Well, then I guess we can agree to disagree. Nolan’s Batman will be done anyway, and it’ll be at least a couple years before there’s a new Batman film (hopefully longer than that… I’d rather them not go all Spider-Man on us). So I’d love to see Wayne get involved in this.

        • I understand what you are saying. To me DC is dragging their ass on putting movies out, I would be happy to see anyone. The big 7, second string anything! Remember just a while back they were doing a Wonder Woman movie then it was a Wonder Woman tv show then that fell through. And what every happened to the Flash movie. Come on DC get off the pot and give fans something!!! Can’t wait for Arrow and more of DC’s characters.

  5. I hope he will be as good and as charismatic as Justin Hartley.

    • I was disappointed Justin wasn’t playing the Arrow in this show.

  6. I will be watching and hoping at least to see hal jordan pop up without the gl suit or a slight mention of him as a friend of his.

  7. I’m looking forward to this one. I’m curious to see what they do with Katie Cassidy’s Black Canary character too.

  8. I’ll be watching.

  9. Really looking forward to this!

  10. I loved Hartley’s Arrow story. And since I have already seen the Green Arrow story I would rather visit a DC character’s beginning we haven’t seen much of yet. Smallvile got people interested in Superman again and satisfied most of the die hard fans. I know the CW can accomplish that with someone less mainstream.

  11. As much as i enjoyed smallville from season1 to season 10 i think that game of thrones and boardwalk empire raise the bar a little bit too much and cannot immagine another series of smallville in the style of smallville. My point is if they are going to make this one in smallville style people are going to get bored with it pretty quickly. Tv shows are at their very best right now and if someone is going to do something better do it good. Other than that I will definatley see the pilot and see from there…

    • I agree!!!

      • I agree but you cant compare Smallville and Green Arrow to shows on premium channels. They really have no chance to match the storytelling or epicness of either show

        • I don’t live in the US so i don’t know which channels are premium and which are not. I can only compare a show with other.

    • I have to disagree with you about TV shows being at their very best. I think there is a dearth of quality shows because of the dumbing down of the general public who watches garbage like Jersey Shore and Dancing with the Stars. There is no incentive for studios to try and make well written, costly programming when the lemmings follow the reality garbage over the cliff and line studio pockets. I hope this show does well for future of shows based on comics AND the future of scripted dramas and sci-fi.

      • I repeat, I don’t live in the states and as such i don’t have access to all the shows. What I can say is to the shows I have access to, I noticed a big improvement. So I’m sorry about my comment, but when i see A-list actors in tv shows (at least the ones i have access to) that tells me that there is an improvement, at least in acting in this case.

  12. Smallville actually opens the imagination,as well as Star Gate,Star Trek and Legend of the Seeker.I don’t like Game of Thrones that much, but think it’s okay.I like Boardwalk alot,but not more than Smallville.

  13. I wonder what they’re going to do when either laurel, dinah, or the new dinah becomes black canery? It has to happen at some point right since there’s three of them! And by the way she actually has a super-power so i don’t know if that no super-power rule will still be there next season! I kind of really want a tom welling cameo too but I don’t know if that would work since that would imply there being two green arrows…