‘Green Arrow’ TV Show Casts ’90210′ Actor in Lead

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 31st, 2013 at 10:45 am,

There’s been a certain amount of buzz concerning the upcoming Green Arrow TV show. On the one hand, some Smallville fans are upset that The CW isn’t spinning-off the Green Arrow character portrayed by actor Justin Hartley on the now-finished Superman origin show. On the other hand, those who never really got into Smallville are happy that the character is getting a fresh start.

Of course, one big issue facing the series is the choice of the lead actor who will play Green Arrow and his alter-ego Olvier Queen, a playboy industrialist who becomes a radical politician /costumed vigilante armed with technologically-enhanced arrows.

Deadline reports that The CW is tapping Stephen Amell to take the leading role in Green Arrow. The actor has a long resume of TV guest spots, punctuated by recent extended gigs on The Vampire Diaries, 90210, and HBO’s now-canceled sex comedy, Hung. With his Abercrombie looks and muted demeanor, Amell isn’t the immediate name that comes to mind when thinking of a fitting Oliver Queen – and truth be told, this news has that familiar sense of unease that came with the news that Adrieanne Palicki (GI Joe 2) was playing Wonder Woman in NBC’s stalled pilot for that DC comic character.

In the comics, Queen is a kind of rougish Robin Hood type and outspoken leftist; if anything, this TV pilot sounds more in line with the recent DC Comics “New 52″ Reboot of the character, in which Queen is much more of a Robert Downey Jr. Tony Stark type. It wouldn’t be surprising if the showrunners went that route, since the New 52 Reboot was partly an attempt by the DC Comics and Warner Bros. to make their superheroes more fitting for multimedia implementation – meaning, better fits for TV shows and movies (see also: The upcoming Superman reboot movie).

We’ll find out if DC’s multimedia overhaul was effective when Green Arrow enters into this Fall’s TV pilot battle royal, fighting for a spot on the fall schedule.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Justin Hartley was great as GA, classy, arrogant, rich, blond, handsome, great body–perfect. But he should have had a speech coach; he should have recited his lines slower. And it’s often the money; they probably got this unknown kid for a song, and he jumped at the chance to play a super hero and star in his own show. Maybe Justin’s people asked for too much. And I don’t see Justin doing anything else. Good luck to him. He’s one of a kind special.

  2. Sucks because I wanted to see a spin off of Smallville with Justin Hartley in it. I don’t think Im going to give this a chance. I was never a big fan of Green arrow before Smallville and now since there is no link to the old show still there I see no need to watch. Good luck to Justin.

  3. This cat blows the roof off the character. The pain in the eyes, the physique, the voice, all of it is perfection. This is going to be a GREAT new show!!!

  4. This show is awesome! It is definitely one of the best shows on TV in a very long time. I absolutely love this show! Stephen Amell is absolutely awesome! I am already a fan and watch the show again from my computer on Saturdays. Please keep this show on for a long time. It has been a very long time (probably since Buffy the Vampire Slayer) since I was hooked on a show like this. Oh, did I say that I LOVE this show? Ok, I LOVE this show!!!

  5. umm guys i just wanna say Justin hartley was awesome but this guy i wasnt feeling it but watch it you’ll get into it stop being silly in someways this guy is better and enjoy it the show is amazing GIVE IT A CHANCE and its already got a sec season on the way and its cw’s most popular show right now along with tvd but seriously its awesome

  6. The show is good so far, but the CW, WB, or whatever you call them now are notorious for ruining stories. Sorry, they did ruin the Superman story. The only the thing that is wrong with Arrow so far is the guy they have playing Green Arrow, Stephen Amell. He can’t act worth crap, and his inability to express emotion in his face makes it a real disservice to the character. He sits up there with other expressionless actors such as Kristen Stewart, Ryan Gosselin, and George Clooney

  7. Stephen Amell is certainly a good actor and in my opinion,at least, he add’s depth to his character because he is sexy but also very masculine. Justin Hartley is also a good actor, however, his sex appeal and demeanor are more the “boyish good-looks” appeal that aren’t as aligned with the character, Oliver Queen, as are Stephen Amell’s.

    • So he adds depth because he fits your idea fo attractive? Because you didn’t list any other reason…