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Arrow: Pilot – Review

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Comic Art News | 1 comment

Arrow

Arrow

Arrow: Pilot – Review by Jerry Whitworth

 

Created as some amalgamation of Batman and Robin Hood, Green Arrow is wealthy thrill-seeker Oliver Queen who inherited his fortune from his family to fund his playboy lifestyle. Everything changed when his yacht crashed on a deserted island where he took up the bow and arrow as a means of survival. Upon his rescue some time later, Queen decided to devote his life to justice as Green Arrow. He would later come into his own as a champion of the downtrodden combating racism, classism, corporate greed, and corrupt politicians. Despite infrequent appearances in various media and brushes with fame having the likes of legendary artists Jack Kirby and Neal Adams, prolific writer Dennis O’Neil, filmmaker Kevin Smith, and novelist Brad Meltzer approach the character in comics, Green Arrow became a known entity to the general public through his many guest appearances on the popular television program Smallville. The series followed the earliest adventures of Clark Kent before he took up the identity of Superman, Green Arrow filled a World’s Finest role with the character of Batman and his properties tied up in other projects. The success of Smallville paved the way for Birds of Prey (based in the Batman mythos) and Aquaman (the character another notable guest on Smallville) but both had their own unique degrees of failure. Arrow is an attempt to spawn another Smallville while being more in line with the successful Christopher Nolan Batman film series.

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Arrow: We Want You!

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Comic Art News | 3 comments

Arrow: We Want You! by Jerry Whitworth

 

Green Arrow

Green Arrow

With the announcement of Arrow, the new television series from the CW adapting DC Comics’ Green Arrow (with CW previously airing Smallville which featured Green Arrow as a major character), and the release of a trailer and preview with villains like Merlyn and Drakon released as characters for the program, we can only speculate what other characters are in store for viewers. As what’s been released to the public thus far is any indication, we can assume the series will likely take a realistic approach to the material (akin to the Nolan series of Batman films), meaning someone like Brick is likely out. So, what villains are prominent enough while being realistic enough to make the cut (not to mention, who likely won’t be attached to Green Arrow because their rights could be tied up elsewhere, like Deathstroke or Riddler). Batman knock-offs like Bull’s Eye (Joker), Greenface (Two-Face), Cat (Catwoman), Master (Riddler), and Waxface (Clayface) will undoubtedly be out.

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Arrow: From Page to Screen

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Comic Art News | 2 comments

Arrow: From Page to Screen by Jerry Whitworth

Arrow

Arrow

This Fall, DC Comics’ Green Arrow property is being adapted for the CW television series Arrow. In this adaptation, the series follows the basic premise of Green Arrow where the affluent Oliver Queen is marooned on an island over the course of several years where he learns to adapt by discovering a natural affinity with a bow and arrow. Eventually, Queen would gain rescue and return to Star City where he uses his fortune to begin a war on crime as the Green Arrow. Where the television series diverges is that Queen inherits his father’s sins, having grown his fortune through corruption and regretting these choices at his demise as part of the series of events that left Queen on the island. With a book outlining the names of his father’s associates in hand, Queen seeks to take down all those that fostered his father’s villainous ways. Green Arrow was previously featured in the CW television series Smallville. Several supporting cast members of the Green Arrow series will have roles adapted for the series.

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