…And to this comics fan that makes them sound like idiots, pure and simple. Why are we not surprised?
Arrow Bosses: We’re Taking the Super Out of Superhero – by Natalie Abrams
Look up in the sky! It’s an actual bird. And there’s an actual plane! And there’s a hooded figure jumping from one rooftop to another! Seems plausible? That’s because in the world of The CW’s Arrow, everything — even Oliver Queen’s trick arrows — is grounded in a reality unlike anything viewers have seen on a superhero series before…
Bringing a different superhero to life so soon after Smallville bid farewell to the same network hasn’t been a challenge for executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg. In fact, they don’t even see Arrow as a superhero. Through their eyes, this is a very different Oliver Queen…
Why Green Arrow? Why choose him to follow in the footsteps of Superman on The CW?
Marc Guggenheim: Well, I think [executive producer] Greg [Berlanti] was the one who said, “Hey, how about Green Arrow?” I think his rationale, if we understand it correctly, was he’s one of the untapped DC characters who’s very iconic. He’s a member of the Justice League. He obviously was on Smallville. But the nature of that character being a street-level hero really lends itself to television. It’s a lot easier to do than Metamorpho or Superman, where it’s visual effects and everything. It can be a very grounded story. We’re always saying it’s not a superhero show. It’s a crime thriller, which is something you can’t do with a more fantastical character.
The show will obviously draw comparisons to Smallville, but how do you keep Arrow grounded in reality?
Andrew Kreisberg: We don’t think about the show as a superhero show. We think about it as a crime thriller and a crime drama and a family drama. The character of Oliver Queen that Justin Hartley played on Smallville was a reaction to Clark Kent and Superman, living in a fantastical world with fantastical characters. In our world, none of that exists. It’s only Oliver Queen and his quest and his crusade. Just from that element of it, it’s a very different take on the character. I mean it’s the same sort of headlines, but the fine print is very, very different.
This strikes us as a pitiful argument designed to bolster a pitifully ignorant decision. If we want a crime thriller, we’ll tune in a crime thriller. And if we want the Green Arrow, hey, high-paid idiot, we’ll be looking to tune in a superhero-superarcher. Let’s face it, by his very nature – a contemporary guy with a bow and arrow instead of a gun – this character is totally not grounded.
We’d predict that this series won’t make it past mid-season…except that it’s on the CW, and if CW viewers were purists about anything, well, they wouldn’t be CW viewers. Sigh…