Earlier this month, The CW surprised industry observers with a pilot order for "Arrow," a Green Arrow inspired TV series that is being spearheaded by "Green Lantern" screenwriters Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim along with Andrew Kreisberg.
Although Justin Hartley (pictured above) was prominently featured as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in "Smallville" for several seasons, "Arrow" will not be a spinoff series nor is Hartley expected to reprise his role. The original report indicated that "Arrow" was based on a new take on Green Arrow that will deviate from the comic book origin.
The TV Addict has published a list of main characters from the "Arrow" pilot that offers a glimpse at just how far the new series will stray from its roots. For starters, Black Canary has a new name and Oliver Queen will now have a new sister that he never had before.
A 27 year old reformed bad boy, who after having spent five years shipwrecked on a tiny, brutally dangerous island in the South China Sea returns to town a different man. Or to be more specific, a tortured, thoughtful master of the bow with a ferocious determination to make a difference.
DINAH “LAUREL” LANCE
28 years old, smart sexy, Laurel is a legal aid attorney determined to use her life as a one-woman war against the 1% following the death of her younger sister Sara. A sister, who as luck would have it, just so happened to have died aboard Oliver’s yacht.
28 years old and devil-smooth, Tommy is a trustafarian like Oliver, a spectacularly rich young man whose life revolves around parties, clubs, liquor and lots of anonymous sex. Unlike Oliver, he can’t seem to understand his former best friend’s sudden change of lifestyle and direction.
48 years old, a beautiful woman, Oliver’s mother Moira is a very wealthy woman who is not used to being shaken. Having remarried during the five years that former husband Robert and Oliver were both presumed dead, Moira has had free rein over the Queen billions. Not surprisingly, she’s deeply interested in learning whether or not Robert will also return unexpectedly, to ruin her present marriage and go over the books with a fine-tooth comb.
35 years old, African-American, Diggle is really, really big, a former military man who served with the Army Rangers in Afghanistan, and has been a bodyguard for hire for the last four years. Hired by Moira to be Oliver’s chauffeur and protector, Diggle soon finds he is trapped in a battle of wits, as Oliver repeatedly eludes his protection. But in fact, Diggle’s primary conflict is one of loyalty — he has to show that he’s working for Oliver, not Moira, before Oliver will give him a smidgen of trust.
17 years old, Oliver’s Lolita-esque sister, Thea was a 12 year old girl when he went on his infamous yachting voyage — but now she’s a celebutante who’s testing the boundaries of acceptable behavior. Thea loved her big brother with all her heart, and is delighted to have him back in her life — but she’s spreading her wings, and is unprepared for Oliver to become the Bad Cop in the family, restricting her access to boys and drugs.
Although the casting breakdown indicates that Black Canary's alter ego, Dinah Lance will be in the potential series; it seems that the showrunners are looking to call her "Laurel" rather than Dinah. In the comics, Merlyn is Oliver Queen's main adversary and also a master of the bow and arrow Oliver's mother was named Moira Queen, but her survival is a new wrinkle to the story.
John Diggle is a completely new character, whose last name may have been inspired by comic book writer, Andy Diggle; who wrote Green Arrow: Year One. The most troubling addition is Thea Queen, who is completely invented for this series and she sounds like the stereotypical bad girl found on CW shows like "Gossip Girl" and "Ringer."
"Arrow" is expected to enter production soon, so casting announcements should be coming within the next few weeks or months. If it goes forward as a series, "Arrow" would likely debut in the fall on The CW.
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