CW Orders ‘Green Arrow’ Pilot; No ‘Smallville’ Connection

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After one year without  Smallville on the air, The CW is once again returning to its superhero roots with a pilot order for Arrow. Based on DC Comics legend Green Arrow, the series will be headed up by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, who wrote last year’s Green Lantern film starring Ryan Reynolds. Take that how you will.

Joining Berlanti and Guggenheim as an executive producer and writer on the tentatively titled Green Arrow series (perhaps to take the sting out of being associated with one of last year’s most disappointing films) will be Andrew Kreisberg, who has worked on Boston Legal, Fringe and Warehouse 13, and penned several Green Arrow and Batman comic books. Kreisberg, Berlanti and Guggenheim previously worked together on ABC’s short-lived Eli Stone in 2008.

Smallville fans will most likely be familiar with Green Arrow from Justin Hartley’s portrayal of the character from 2006-2011 on the series. Initially brought into the series to fill the void left by not being allowed to include Batman in the series, Green Arrow quickly became a Smallville fan-favorite character – and arguably had the best superhero costume network television has ever seen.

As the Smallville series finale grew closer, fans were wondering whether or not The CW would spin-off Green Arrow into a series of its own. Despite Justin Hartley being interested in pursuing a Green Arrow series, nothing ever came of it.

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And now here’s the bad news: The Green Arrow pilot that The CW ordered from Kreisberg, Berlanti and Guggenheim has no connection to Smallville. In fact, everyone’s favorite Green Arrow actor, Justin Hartley, is not even attached to this series. That doesn’t necessarily mean he couldn’t be – though it’s highly unlikely.

While almost everyone will agree that a Justin Hartley Green Arrow series would have a lot of potential on The CW, casting Hartley in the role could potentially limit their ability to present the type of series they envision. If Hartley was attached to the series, there would be enough backstory, relationships, and character traits previously defined by Smallville that the producers would constantly be battling against that show.

Plus, there’s a reason why a Smallville spin-off didn’t occur; maybe The CW simply didn’t want it, or maybe it was the lawsuit with Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar – or maybe the desire (or need) to separate from 10 years of television mythology… Whatever the reason may be, that Smallville spin-off didn’t happen.

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So maybe this isn’t the Green Arrow series fans have wanted – and maybe the writers of (gulp) Green Lantern probably aren’t who you would like to see behind it – but hey, at least the show already has some type of comic book credibility via Andrew Kreisberg. And if you really think about it, Berlanti and Guggenheim did the same thing with Green Lantern that many (many) Smallville writers had done previously: they got it all wrong – the only difference is, Berlanti and Guggenheim did it on a bigger scale.


Screen Rant will make sure to you updated on Arrow as more news becomes available.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. As many I’m disappointed Justin is not reprising his role as the Arrow. As a long time Comic book Super Hero fan I can say that the Smallville take on Green Arrow brought him from second string support status to someone who could carry a series, based on Justin’s strength in the role. The modern high tech take, fresh looking costume and Justin’s likeable troubled rogue partial would be the only reason I would even consider a Green Arrow pilot a possible success. Starting from scratch with a traditional Green Arrow is as risky as an Aquaman pilot would be. Fans loved the Smallville cast that began as talented new comers and 10 years later Stars in their own right. It was not the character “Green Arrow” but the talent behind the character that sold it to an audience that had never heard of him before Smallville.

    • It’s amazing that producers and networks want hit shows but then, they sabotage themselves over their own special interests. I was hoping for a smallville spinoff…oh well! I agree with Allan but I’m also a big fan of Green Lantern with Ryan Reynolds. It worked for me.

  2. Just read there will be no superpowered heros on arrow. Does this mean no geust shots from Flash,GL,Hawkman ect,ect. Aw Darn’t just have to wait and see if it makes it in the ratings

  3. justin is Green arrow , pretty sad they didn’t realize it b-4 starting a new tv series ……………………

  4. ive tried to watch smallville from the beginning several times. ive never been able to get into it. lets face it, it sucked. the tv series smallville sucks. some people may disagree, but theyre wrong. i just saw a teaser on tv for the new show arrow and immediately started surfing the web to find out whether or not it was a spin-off of smallville. i am thoroughly pleased to discover that this new show has no connection to smallville. arrow looks badass.

    • A show that ran 10 seasons does not suck…

    • Um sorry to burst your bubble but smallville was in fact epic..and the longest running show about superman…. so it did not in fact just have bad taste in television

      • Ditto

    • ‘…but they’re wrong’. lol, any opinions of any tv program or anything in the world is subjective, Shut up, fool.

  5. JUSTIN HARTLEY SHOULD’VE PLAYED GREEN ARROW! Idc that it would’ve interfered with Smallville. It could have worked!

  6. Arrow, TV show; I’m disappointed before seeing it. I cannot believe they didn’t use Justin Hartley for the Green Arrow. Who cares if the plot is completely different. He’s just an actor, and by any other name is still hot, hot, hot!!! No one in hollywood has his absolutely perfect body! Some come close. He is good looking and not a bad actor. He’s the reason this show was even considered at all. I hate the way hollywood type castes and creates rigid boundaries for what actors can do. Any actor can play any role at any time. You can make Justin the main character episode 2, and it would still work, possibly for the better.

  7. Big surprise there will be a no-superpower rule to this… with Smallville, there was no way any of the others could overshadow ‘Superman’ but with this, bring in any one of them and they could run circles around GA.

    I’m not sure a character like GA can hold its own, it would be like a series dedicated to Black Widow or (God forbid) The Punisher! But… I will still watch the pilot and reserve judgement until then :)

  8. Awesome loved it!

  9. I liked the 2 episodes aired so far. Stephen Amell is great as Arrow.


  10. I think mostly their problem with making him the green arrow was on smallville Success…reboots of successful shows usually never become very popular…but still

  11. The Green Lantern movie was nowhere near as bad as everyone made it out to be.

  12. Arrow series is just amazing. I think that series linked to smallville couldn’t work well as fans thinks.
    Stephen Amell is doing a better job than the previous Oliver Queen.

  13. I just wanted to come back to this thread and read the comments after watching the absolute best episode of any show in the history of television. Of course I’m talking about Arrow 2×18 ‘Deathstroke’.
    It’s funny reading all the negativity around here and realising that probably every single one of these writers are getting mind-blown week in and week out by the awesomeness that is Arrow.
    Oh and by the way: thank the DC Gods that Justin Hartley didn’t reprise his role as Green Arrow because he would have sucked big time.

    Sorry if this late, late comment creates problems!

  14. Arrow is incredible. That is all.