Of all the DC Comics’ pantheon of characters—who many times resemble mythical gods more than they do actual human beings—Green Arrow is one of the more realistic “superheroes,” due to his street-level status (that is, if you can get past the fact that he shoots trick arrows to save the day).
This is one of the many reasons the CW’s upcoming Green Arrow TV show has a better chance of being picked up for production than Wonder Woman ever did. Today, we have a first look at star Stephen Amell (Hung) in the Green Arrow TV costume.
Courtesy of Collider, check out the image below (click to enlarge):
From what we can see of the uniform (obviously, he’s shrouded in darkness and shadow because he’s oh so edgy), the newest Green Arrow costume looks like a grittier version of The New 52 costume, which itself was a riff on the costume that appeared in Smallville. Or maybe they’re both riffing on the one that appeared in Smallville?
The new costume was designed by Colleen Atwood of Alice in Wonderland fame. Pilot director and executive producer David Nutter said of the look:
“When I directed the pilot for ‘Smallville,’ I knew that making Clark Kent relatable would be the key to audiences believing in him as a hero. ‘Arrow’ is a different show — darker and harder-edged — but it’s the same core idea. We’re creating a real, believable world in which Oliver Queen can do incredible things. Colleen Atwood’s great work on the Arrow costume reflects that effort.”
It seems that the lesson DC has learned from failed efforts like the Wonder Woman pilot and the Green Lantern film is that everything must be dark and edgy like Batman to make $$$. Of course, dark and edgy fits well enough with Green Arrow, but what happens when they decide to make a Plastic Man movie? What happens when that Booster Gold TV show comes to fruition? Hopefully, this isn’t the beginning of a wave of exclusively edgy content coming out of DC Entertainment over the next few years. A little edgy goes a long, long way.
Are you guys looking forward to the new Green Arrow TV Show? Let us know in the comments.
If the pilot gets picked up, Green Arrow will likely premiere on the CW this fall.
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