First Footage From CW’s New DC Superhero Show ‘Arrow’

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After months of speculation, brought on by a few images and some vague descriptions that seemed to focus on the concept of “edgy” and “grounded,” The CW has finally given viewers their first glimpse at Stephen Amell in action as Oliver Queen, soon to be known as the green-hooded crime fighter, Arrow.

After Smallville ended last year, and superheroes continuing to be a hot commodity – as evidenced by The Avengers impressive box-office haul – now is the prime time for The CW to get another costumed vigilante onto television screens everywhere. And, as luck would have it, their choice of DC Comics hero Green Arrow was right on the money, considering his Marvel Comics equivalent, Hawkeye, is currently lighting up the big screen with his quiver of trick arrows.

As seen in the trailer above, though, Arrow is taking a gritty, ab-busting approach to ridding Starling City (instead of Star City) of crime, while investigating the disappearance of his father, Robert Queen (Jamey Sheridan). In the short sequence, it’s clear why the producers opted to begin the story of Arrow anew, rather than continue the adventures of Smallville’s Green Arrow Justin Hartley.

Unlike the superhero-filled world of Smallville, this series clearly derives most of its tone and story cues (young billionaire returns to his city in an effort to oust the criminal element) from Christopher Nolan’s Batman films – which, considering Nolan’s Dark Knight swansong hits theaters this summer, will likely leave many fans clamoring for something similar. Added to the fact that Arrow is being paired with Supernatural on Wednesday nights, and The CW may have its own block of must-see-TV.

Stephen Amell Arrow CW First Footage From CWs New DC Superhero Show Arrow

For more information on Arrow, check out the network’s official synopsis 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.”


Screen Rant will be sure to update you as more footage and previews arrive for Arrow.

Source: TV Line

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  1. Looks pretty cool. I wonder if it be more POI dramatic or more soap opera dramatic, something Smallville sometimes fell into.

    That chin up exercise looks pretty intense. I may have to break into an abandon industrial building and get it a shot.

    • WoW…….action !!

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  2. Hope Arrow can live up to SmallVille

  3. I’m on the fence about this one, but I’m curious enough about it to give it a chance. It’s not like the CW has any other shows that target the male demographic anyway, and I already watch Supernatural, so I figure I might as well give this one a shot…

  4. Still not sure. That clip looks great, no isssue with anything there. The inclusion of an extended family for Oliver… Not so much. I thought Justin Hartley was really good in the role, he got smart ass nature and the playboy side of Oliver Queen perfectly.
    I worry that this will be a gritty, dark version, that isn’t entirely true to the character. But it is impossible to tell from this very short clip. So far, I’ll be watching the pilot based on this, I hope there is a lot they can do with Arrow.

    It won’t be another Smallville, we won’t still be talking about Arrow in 2022, but it might be fun a while.

    • If nothing else, it felt a bit like a TV remake of the segment from Batman Begins when Bruce is creating his weaponry. Still, could be fun and the cast isn’t unimpressive by any means.

      • I have been waiting for someone to mention that because I thought exactly the same thing! The part where he is grinding the arrow head, is almost a perfect copy of Bruce doing the same thing!

        • I’ve not watched BB recently but I’d swear they have the same color shirt on too.

      • Yes, that is EXACTLY the vibe I got from it as well.

        • SAME!

  5. Doesn’t look bad. I can see where it has a darker feel to it than Smallville but I’d think the CW would want to replicate the success of a decade-long series. Nice seeing Jamey Sheridan in a series again, too.

  6. show looks pretty good but just once id like to see a comic book character a little more accurate on the big screen…dont these directors and such read comics? Green Arrow was Blonde!!! but did look good,i may check it out

    • He also doesn’t live in Starling City or have a sister.

  7. Good, the one thing I was really worried about seems laid to rest. His archery form actually looks pretty good. He’s actually shooting like you are supposed to. Always bugs me when TV/movie characters don’t have proper form.

    • Amen. That’s the best looking traditional archery form I’ve seen on any screen. That guy was taught by a traditional archer for sure. You look at how horrible Katniss’ archery form is in “The Hunger Games” and you can tell that she learned from an Olympic archer. She’s shooting a “bare” bow (without sights) like you would a bow that has sights. That’s why she has a hard time keeping the arrow on its rest. Same with Hawkeye in the “Avengers.” He wouldn’t be able to use that slow Olympic form in combat, or to shoot quickly or with much in the way of accuracy at all. Shooting with sights on a recurve and shooting without are too completely different things. Looks like either Stephen Amell or the director did their homework.

  8. He does look good it would be nice to see a few more hero’s make some cameos but it looks dark action packed and a strong lead should be good looking forward to it

  9. It already looks WAY better than Smallville ever did. The first few seasons were great, then it turned into a soap opera where they just started recycling villains from former seasons. Hopefully, Arrow fares better than Smallville where Smallville failed.

  10. From this clip, I can see this being a “must/really-want-to watch” show. It looks like it will possess some appealing intensity and fair amount of “cool”. I’ll happily give it a try.

  11. Too bad he’s deathgripping the bow and leaning into it. It also looks like his bow may be too small for his drawlenght. Maybe he will learn some decent shooting form by the end of the first season.

    • He’s leaning into it because he’s shooting a recurve instinctively. That’s what you do. If he was shooting a compound (which wouldn’t make sense in any combat situation), then he wouldn’t need to lean. There’s just a few flaws in his form, but they’re minor. Overall, this is the best traditional form I’ve ever seen in any TV show or movie. And to show something close to Howard Hill’s old speed-shooting style is pretty darn cool.

  12. I’m interested to give this show a try but I’m a little worried from the preview that Amell will be too serious in the role. Justin Hartley did an excellent job of balancing the serious and comedic parts of his role.

  13. i rather watch a hawkeye show!!! but i guess the cw has a tie in with DC comics.

    • CW is owned 50% by Warner Bros, which owns DC

  14. Can’t wait hope its as good as they say. wanna feel like i did with Smallville

  15. Looks good to me

  16. i agree with brandon. Smallville became a soap opera in the end.

  17. Arrow should not be compared to Smallville,because there are no super powers (fantasy).I hope they can find a way to bring his trick arrows in the show.

    • I agree…GA’s best “powers” were his trick arrows….exploding tips, netting, I believe I even saw a boomerang arrow in a comic or on Justice League…

  18. hmm looks good hope this will last

  19. Yeah, I don’t know. After seeing Hawkeye in Avengers I don’t know if I can be content with a guy using just a bow and arrow. The high-tech arrowhead change idea in Avengers was next gen. cool.

    • I totally agree, that arrowhead selector was intriguing

  20. I agree with you mongoose. Hawkeye has my vote as the #1 archer, but I have to say this clip has me intrigued

  21. Looking good. Will definitely watch. But like someone said, guy looks to serious. Hope he has a bit of Justin’s humour.

  22. Looks cool. I’ll definately give it a watch. I need some thing to fill my Smallville void. Plus it’s paired with Supernatural, my favorite network show, so I’ll be tuned in anyway.

  23. looks good but i still don’t understand why they’re calling him arrow and not green arrow. it just doesn’t make sense to me.

    • It looks good but you may have to wory about Supernatural. Unless CBS changes their secdule it’s going up agnist Crimnal Minds. But I am looking forward to Arrow.

    • That is about the only minor quibble I have with this show right now, but I have to assume somewhere along the way somebody will notice that he dresses in green and makes green arrows, so I’m sure he’ll be called Green Arrow along the way anyway.

  24. Good action…

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  25. Thank you CW. Thank you for ruining the one DC hero I do like.

  26. I am so excited for this. I wonder how much they are going to develop his story. If the show is a hit I hope that Black Canary shows up in future seasons. I can’t wait!

  27. Does anyone know what kind of bow he is using or if it was made just for this show? thanks

  28. Sorry but the new green arrow guy look poor and the outfit humm boring, he’s arrow look old, seems that there’s no new technologies with that guy, now when come to the old green arrow humm Oliver Queen of Smallville + the best friend of Clark Kent aka Man of Steel come on people, he as the perfect look, outfit, arrow (gadgets) techonologies + he looks realy rich…..