The title to this post sounded better in my head than it looks above, but oh well. According to Wizard Magazine (via Superherohype), David Goyer has come up with a very different concept for a superhero movie revolving around Green Arrow.
His idea is to have Green Arrow in character for only the first ten minutes of the film, and then have him arrested and imprisoned under false charges in a super-max, super-villain prison. GA's costume, secret identity and weapons will be taken away and he'll have to fend for himself and figure out how to escape.
"It’s like ‘Alcatraz,’ and he has to team up with, in some cases, some of the very same villains he is responsible for incarcerating in order to get out and clear his name. Of course, tons of people try to kill him while he’s in there. We’ve populated the prison with all sorts of B and C villains from the DC Universe. For the fans, there will be all sorts of characters the hardcore comic book junkies will know, but they’re all going to be there under their human names and no one is wearing a costume, but there will be a lot of characters with powers and things like that."
My first thought is that although it's an interesting concept and a unique spin on the formulaic superhero movie genre, this thing would bomb faster than you can say Grindhouse." :-)
First off, Green Arrow is not a mainstream, iconic comic book character. Sure, the alternate universe version from Smallville is now well known, but the movie version is bound to have a non-Smaillville version of the character.
Second, how will they establish the core of the character if he's no longer Green Arrow after ten minutes? Flashbacks? Take the guy out of character and he's just another generic action hero.
Third, populating the prison with B and C-tier villains who will not even be using recognizable names and most likely only "comic book junkies" will know? Yikes.
This might make for a cool TV show, but I don't know about a theatrical release film.