July 21, 2013 | 12:04 a.m.
The CW’s “Arrow” did a skillful job in its first season of courting both superhero and non-superhero audiences alike with its adaptation of the “Green Arrow” comic books. It introduced enough characters from the mythology to keep comic fans happy, while minimizing the more outlandish aspects of the character. For instance, Oliver Queen’s costumed alter ego was never referred to as Green Arrow, or even Arrow. He was always “The Hood.” But it appears that may be changing in the new season. With “Arrow” the top-rated drama on the CW, the show’s executive producers Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti all apparently feel more comfortable about embracing Queen’s comic book roots. In a sizzle reel of footage from the upcoming second season of “Arrow,” Queen (played by Stephen Amell) tells his trusted bodyguard Diggle (David Ramsey) that he doesn’t […]
July 03, 2012 | 8:17 a.m.
Stephen Amell takes his shot this October — that’s when the 31-year-old Canadian actor takes on the title role in The CW’s “Arrow” on Wednesday nights. Amell plays Oliver Queen, a callous billionaire playboy who survives a harrowing shipwreck and then finds a new side to himself — and a dangerous new mission in life — on a remote Pacific island. The show is a reworking of the classic DC Comics character Green Arrow (it’s not connected in any way to the “Smallville” version of the preternatural archer) so it’s no surprise Amell and Warner Bros. Television will be headed to Comic-Con International next week for a Friday preview panel in Ballroom 20. “Arrow” is the 14th live-action television series based on DC Comics characters but it’s in a league of its own (the ”Just Us League”?) right now after the farewell flight of “Smallville,” the close-but-no-cigar […]