Warner Bros. Television has released the first promo image for the new Green Arrow TV show “Arrow.” So, what do we think…
Comic Book Resources released the full reveal from Warner Bros. Television today. The image shows us actor Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen in full Arrow gear. Accompanying the photo taken by Joseph Lederer, director David Nutter commented,
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.
As a long time Arrow fan, I’ve got alot of opinions to be shared about this wonderful piece of costuming, but first lets point out the less obvious… he has a beard. Yes, our bearded archer who went without in Smallville, and thus lost it in the rebooted comics, actually has a beard! This is a wonderful thing if you ask any long time Arrow fan, because lets face it, Green Arrow was never a truly iconic character until Neal Adams gave him that goatee. Another great addition that was ignored in Smallville, and thus the rebooted comics, is the bow. It always irked me in Smallville that Ollie used a compound bow. It may sound overly fanboyish, but when you actually have an issue where the character condemns a certain type of bow for being an impure bastardization of the art, you sort of expect him to remain of that mindset in varying adaptations, and while Ollie’s animated adventures never directly referenced this (nor do I expect that this new series will, either), at least they have the respect for the character to not give him a weapon to use that the character, in point of fact, has always stood against. Yeah, it may be something most people would overlook, but as a fan its the little things that become most important, so this is very much appreciated.
On to the suit itself. Firstly, its dark, so we don’t really get to see all of the details, but what we do see is effective, and stays mostly true to form. The jacket is the traditional modern hero leather with a varied green tint that helps channel a somewhat classic Robin Hood look upon the upper chest. The hood is standard, and helps focus a tone similar to that of Mike Grell’s Longbow Hunters redesign from the 80′s. Really, the gloves are my only gripe, but such is minimal. The classic archer gloves that Ollie is most recognized for aren’t exactly true to life, and likely wouldn’t look very good anyway (Ollie’s “Robin Hood” costume in Smallville season 6, which was basically an exact replica of Neal Adam’s classic suit, is a perfect example), but these gloves just don’t look right to me. I think more traditional leather gloves would have worked better, but I digress. I think the quivers are actually my favorite part. Yeah, sure, the back quiver isn’t very impressive in and of itself, but with the addition of the leg quiver I find the combination quite impressive. It just feels right to me, and really, it helps the whole suit come together as a bad ass representation of the Emerald Archer.
All in all, I really love this suit, and it really conveys to me that this series will be a serious take on one of my all time favortie characters, and that is always wonderful news for a fan.
Arrow is currently filming its pilot episode, and if picked up will begin airing on The CW this fall. It is executively produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter, who is also directing the pilot which was written by Guggenheim and Kreisberg from a story by Guggenheim and Berlanti. Melissa Kellner Berman is serving as co-executive producer. The pilot is a collaborative effort from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, all rights reserved.
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