By: Adam Basciano
Today, The CW Network made what we’ve known for a few days official. “Arrow” has been picked up as a series for the upcoming fall television season. The show will air Wednesday nights at 8pm ahead of Supernatural. I think this is a smart decision to pair “Arrow” with one of your most popular series. This strategy has worked before for the network, when “Smallville” aired beside “Supernatural” in its final few seasons.
“After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow — a vigilante — to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be — flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle — while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on — and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.”
Now I could once again go into a rant about fans on certain message boards whining about the alterations gleaned from this description, but I’ll try to keep it to a minimum. Personally, Star City sounds better than Starling City, but ignore the “ling” and that’s exactly what you’ve got. Yeah, Dinah’s going by the name Laurel, but that’s her middle name in the comics, so what’s the big deal? At least they’re not calling her Patience Phillips, and trying to pass her off as “Catwoman.” And yeah, Oliver’s mother survives the shipwreck, and the show’s given him a sister. Seeing as how the comics never really mentioned Oliver’s parents until Kevin Smith’s run, I think that allows the show some creative freedom. My point is, change has happened in EVERY SINGLE comic book adaptation. Yes, even the great ones. Organic Web shooters anyone? Does Batman training with Ra’s Al Ghul ring a bell? Or how about Hawkeye and Black Widow being in “The Avengers”, when they weren’t on the team in the first issues of the comic book. Yet, those adaptations turned out just fine.
Sure, you’re welcome to bitch and moan that it will suck by virtue of being on the CW, via cesspools of negativity a.k.a. the message boards at websites like Superhero Hype & Comic Book Movie. Or, you can do comic book fandom a favor and judge the show on actual merit, by actually giving it a chance and watching it first. If you ask me, the description gives off a definite “Green Arrow: Year One” vibe Speaking of watching it, here’s a clip released by The CW
Here’s another more traiditional “trailer” looking preview highlighting more of that “Year One” vibe I mentioned.
(Source: The CW)