New photo and video: ‘Arrow’ like Jason Bourne, new show on CW
With upfront season upon us, the major networks have spent the last two days announcing which shows will be returning and which pilots have been ordered to series. According to a Deadline report, the CW just announced which five drama pilots made the cut. Fortunately for comic book fans, “Arrow,” the “Green Arrow”-based series, was among those chosen.
The Stephen Amell-led pilot took a different angle on the DC Comics character. This latest take on the superhero archer broke all ties with Oliver Queen’s role on the last DC-CW collaboration, “Smallville.” “Arrow” will be a more realistic hero. CW development head Thom Sherman compared this Oliver Queen to Jason Bourne.
“He doesn’t have any superpowers, he’s a very grounded character like a Jason Bourne—we use the term ‘mambo,’” Sherman said. “His skill-set is that he’s an archer, but he also [has] physical strength and prowess. He’s clever and able to devise ways of taking down a bad guy that are unique and fun to watch.”
“Arrow,” the new TV series based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow character, has been scheduled for Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET, with the exact premiere date still to be determined.
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.
The series stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance.