A while back, we showed you the first image of Stephen Amell donning the leathery green suit for his upcoming role as Oliver Queen aka the emerald archer, Green Arrow. Now, we have a few more details of the upcoming series, and, like Smallville before it, it seems Arrow takes a few liberties with the titular hero’s origin story — but hopefully, like Smallville‘s early seasons, they will find a stride that will be entertaining while doing the character justice.
Here’s the official description:
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.
With today’s CW Upfronts, the network has also announced their schedule for next fall, smartly pairing Arrow with Supernatural on Wednesday nights. I admit, I want to see this show; they have a lot of places they can go with Oliver Queen. Not the least of which – while woefully unlikely – includes a live-action recreation of the Green Arrow and Green Lantern partnership from the 70s.