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CW’s Arrow Will Feature Familiar Names and Story Elements

Details have already begun to emerge about The CW’s newly greenlit pilot for a drama based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow, called simply Arrow.

The project had been described as a modern retelling that sets the superhero “in a new world with an original story that is not based on the comics, leading fans to wonder whether this Oliver Queen would bear any resemblance to the emerald archer of the DC Universe or even the version that was introduced on Smallville in 2006.

But in a just-released casting breakdown obtained by The TV Addict, we see some familiar names and elements from Green Arrow’s seven-decade comics history — including Dinah (Black Canary) Lance, and nods to the villain Merlyn the Archer and, just maybe, Green Arrow: Year One writer Andy Diggle:

Oliver Queen: A 27-year-old reformed bad boy, who after having spent five years shipwrecked on a tiny, brutally dangerous island in the South China Sea returns to town a different man. Or to be more specific, a tortured, thoughtful master of the bow with a ferocious determination to make a difference.

Dinah “Laurel” Lance: 28 years old, smart sexy, Laurel is a legal aid attorney determined to use her life as a one-woman war against the 1% following the death of her younger sister Sara. A sister, who as luck would have it, just so happened to have died aboard Oliver’s yacht.

Tommy Merlyn: 28 years old and devil-smooth, Tommy is a trustafarian like Oliver, a spectacularly rich young man whose life revolves around parties, clubs, liquor and lots of anonymous sex. Unlike Oliver, he can’t seem to understand his former best friend’s sudden change of lifestyle and direction.

Moira Queen: 48 years old, a beautiful woman, Oliver’s mother Moira is a very wealthy woman who is not used to being shaken. Having remarried during the five years that former husband Robert and Oliver were both presumed dead, Moira has had free rein over the Queen billions. Not surprisingly, she’s deeply interested in learning whether or not Robert will also return unexpectedly, to ruin her present marriage and go over the books with a fine-tooth comb.

John Diggle: 35 years old, African-American, Diggle is really, really big, a former military man who served with the Army Rangers in Afghanistan, and has been a bodyguard for hire for the last four years. Hired by Moira to be Oliver’s chauffeur and protector, Diggle soon finds he is trapped in a battle of wits, as Oliver repeatedly eludes his protection. But in fact, Diggle’s primary conflict is one of loyalty — he has to show that he’s working for Oliver, not Moira, before Oliver will give him a smidgen of trust.

Thea Queen: 17 years old (suggest 17-22 years), Oliver’s Lolita-esque sister, Thea was a 12 year old girl when he went on his infamous yachting voyage — but now she’s a celebutante who’s testing the boundaries of acceptable behavior. Thea loved her big brother with all her heart, and is delighted to have him back in her life — but she’s spreading her wings, and is unprepared for Oliver to become the Bad Cop in the family, restricting her access to boys and drugs.

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Created by Green Lantern screenwriters Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim and Fringe co-executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, the Arrow pilot is expected to be directed by David Nutter (The Pacific, Game of Thrones), who helmed the pilots of Smallville and Supernatural.


  • coldwarmyth

    I knew they would not completely pull away from Ollie’s character and core. Nice to see some of the classic elements shifted (drug addicted relative rather than ward, Merlyn and a sinister mom > would love it if she turns out to be something like China White from GA: Year One).

    And yeah, I bet that character’s name is a nod to Andy. Too cool.

    This’ll definitely wash the acrid taste of Smallville GA out of my mind.

  • Paul

    Sounds decent enough but Berlanti and Guggenheim have a looooong way to go to prove they can write their way out of a paper bag.

  • Jacob

    I had to look up two of these words, and both definitions were found at Urban Dictionary. >_> That’s so professional. Makes me really confident that TV Addict knows what they’re doing.

  • drhiphop85

    Oh how exciting…a big black guy as his protector and magical neg…*sigh*

    I love that they used the word “Lolita-esque”

  • Sageshinigami

    Co-signed.  It bugs me to see their name on everything DC-related outside of comics these days after what happened to Green Lantern.

  • Gaelbach

    Remarried mom with an (apparently) shifty spouse? They’re working in some of Connor Hawke’s backstory!

  • Patrick Keely

    I will at least be willing to give this a chance.  I hope that they do more action than what they did with Smallville.

  • RunnerX13

    So it’s the Smallville template.  Can’t wait to see a CW Batman show where Bruce and the Joker aree college roomates.

  • Jacob

    Gotham High. >_> Look it up.

  • xxxx

    They had me until the 17 year old sister…and then I remembered its the CW. Low expectations, really really low expectation

  • Anonymous

    I’m interested in seeing where they go.

  • kalorama

    This is pretty much what I expected, really. They use familiar names (or variants thereof) but, based on these descriptions, craft them into radically different characters from their comic counterparts (I seriously doubt Dinah turns out to be a fishnet sporting vigilante in this).

  • kalorama

    Where do you get the idea that Mom’s new hubby is “shifty”? There’s literally no mention of who the character is or what he’s like, just a passing mention of the fact that he exists.

  • Alton

    Even though the initial Gotham High premise may seem a little silly I really liked the artwork that was posted on Comic Alliance a while back.With the right tongue in cheek spin, because it is such an off kilter idea, but solid adventure behind it I wish DC animation would reintroduce this and give it a try.I know, I know you guys are going to flame me for this.

  • Jacob

    I really liked the idea, as well. I don’t get the rampant hate for it. X-Men Evolutions worked out great.

  • Binyamin Weinreich

    “The project had been described as a modern retelling that sets the
    superhero ‘in a new world with an original story that is not based on
    the comics'”…

    So it’s just like the new Green Arrow comic series, then?

  • RunnerX13

    Would have been a fine idea for a cartoon, but not for a live action series.

  • Ian

    Dinah Lance is a legal aid attorney (???) on a crusade against the 1% (Occupy Movement anyone?)  Why bother as in, at ALL, if the story is “all new” and admittedly not even “based on the comics”?