New 'Arrow' Trailer Asks: What Has Oliver Queen Become?

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With two months to go before fans can gaze upon the series premiere, The CW has put out yet another trailer for Arrow to remind them that the new adventures of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) will be gracing the airwaves come this fall. At this point most would rather just see the show, but this spiffy promo is still a welcome sight.

The new trailer is heavy on action and metal guitar riffs – but it also plays up the series' emphasis on the nature of vigilantism, by asking what kind of person it takes to become a hero and clean up the crime-laden streets of Starling City.

The trailer also does a nice job of quickly and efficiently teasing the dichotomy between young, spoiled Oliver Queen and the hardened, discontented man who returned home after spending five years alone (?) on an island in the North China Sea. As DC comics likes to have their billionaire playboys experience the hardships of life through some form of suffering - and then, emerge on the other side as a highly-trained weapon to be used in the pursuit of justice - Arrow certainly appears to have checked all the appropriate boxes.

But at what cost will one man's quest for justice come?

One thing the trailers for the series have yet to really highlight is the relationships that have been indelibly altered not only by Oliver Queen's new perspective on life, but by the simple fact that he's still alive. The supporting cast of Arrow is filled with those who may or may not be in line with the idea of ridding Starling City of its criminal underworld – simply because they stand to make a fortune off the suffering of others. Further stiil, there are those who would see good be done, but are powerless against the corrupt nature of the city's governing class – official or otherwise.

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Hopefully, as the series premiere draws closer, some of the network's advertising will play up characters like Dinah "Laurel" Lance (Katie Cassidy), Queen's kid sister Thea Queen (Willa Holland) and his close friend Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell). All of these individuals stand to be affected by Queen's dual life, as one of the main aspects of the show will be the often-tricky balancing act between hero and civilian – and, of course, the question of which is the reality, and which is the disguise.

Since questions have emerged regarding the possibility of Batman (or Bruce Wayne) making an appearance on Arrow, Oliver and Bruce could spend some time talking about the all-consuming quest, trust funds, and joys of punching low-rent bad guys and super-villains really hard. Then again, maybe Bruce will just spend the time shaking his head at the arrow-filled bodies Queen has left behind.


Arrow will premiere Wednesday, October 10 @8pm on The CW.

Source: TV Guide

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