Smallville fans rejoice! The CW is getting back into the DC Comics universe and edging close to a pilot order for a new series starring the Green Arrow.
For the uninitiated, Green Arrow is sort of Batman meets Robin Hood. He’s hooded archer who creates trick arrows with special functions (explosives, grappling, etc), in addition to rocking a tight green suit. Like the Dark Knight, his secret identity is a billionaire — Oliver Queen, the former mayor of the fictional Star City. The comic book debuted in 1941 and was loosely inspired by the film The Green Archer, which was based on a novel by Edgar Wallace.
The character was first introduced to CW viewers on Smallville in 2006, played by Justin Hartley, who appeared in more than 70 episodes of the long-running series as the arrow-shooting hero. The Green Arrow was reportedly first added to Smallville in a guest run as a substitute for Batman, a character whose adaptation rights are exclusive to the film franchise.
Hartley is not involved in the new project, however. Here’s who is on board developing the show: Executive producers/writers are Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters) and Marc Guggenheim (FlashForward), who also both worked on last year’s Green Lantern film, along with Andrew Kreisberg (Vampire Diaries, Fringe — plus he’s worked on the Green Arrow comic book). Berlanti Productions is producing in association with Warner Bros. Television.
If Green Arrow goes to series, who do you think should play the finest archer in all the land?