By: Adam Basciano
Ever since the character of Oliver Queen aka the Green Arrow was introduced on Smallville, many fans have expressed an interest in seeing the character in his own television series. Many believed this would be the most logical spinoff/replacement for Smallville. The CW Network is putting together a pilot for a potential hour-long series. Great news, right? As a fan of the character, yes. With The CW though, there’s always a catch. In this case, it’s that Justin Hartley (Smallville’s Oliver Queen) does not appear to be involved. What we do know is that the creative team behind the Green Lantern film, are involved with this project. Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim will write and produce, in addition to Andrew Kreisberg, of The Vampire Diaries and Fringe fame.
The lack of participation of Justin Hartley, or a connection to Smallville, is a bit dumb founding to be honest. Both Hartley’s portrayal and Smallville have a built in audience, that would surely flock to this. Still, the lack of Smallville connection or Justin Hartley doesn’t mean this project can’t succeed. I mean Smallville and Hartley aren’t the be all and end all, when it comes to Green Arrow. Although, they did provide a strong interpretation. In fact, Green Arrow was some of Smallville’s best work in my opinion. The most alarming bit of info about this project is that, it ” takes the comic book character, created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, and sets him in a new world with an original story that is not based on the comics. What does that mean exactly. Two scenario’s spring to mind, Catwoman or Smallville. We could either get a show about Green Arrow, that doesn’t feature Oliver Queen. Instead, featuring a new protagonist taking on the heroe’s mantle (God help us all!). Or, we could get a story that takes characters and elements from the books, putting their own contemporary spin on the material, without being strictly beholden to comic book story-lines. I’d be open to option two, provided their wasn’t some stupid no arrows/no tights rule for the show.
(Source: EW, Deadline)