October 11th, 2012
12:12 PM ET
[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers to the October 10 premiere of The CW's new series "Arrow."]
The CW's premiere of "Arrow" has already succeeded where NBC's 2011 pilot of "Wonder Woman" did not, in that it actually made it on the air.
The series is based loosely on the "Green Arrow" DC comics (in a similar manner to "Smallville"), and it was certainly highly anticipated for all the obvious reasons. And despite some recent TV flops in the superhero genre, there will continue to be interest in small screen caped crusaders, since they've been ruling the box office.
That said, I'm just not too sure about this one. Stephen Amell is a great find as Oliver Queen, and The CW has certainly made sure that he will appeal to their target demographic, but Wednesday night's premiere seemed to borrow too much from other established superhero origin stories.
Here is Oliver, the spoiled rich guy who saw how his city had gone to shambles and decides to wear a cowled, or rather a hooded, disguise to fight the criminals and the corrupt.
Oliver apparently had this epiphany - and learned to rival Katniss in the archery department - while stranded on an island after a shipwreck, which seemingly cost the lives of all on board. (And hey, he even grew the customary Green Arrow beard on the island.)
So far, it's all standard superhero origin fare. There's plenty of mystery behind that shipwreck and his time on the island, but the villains so far are disappointing.
[Warning, here's where a few more spoilers come in.]
At the same time, though, we also had nods to the comics, what with his sister Thea being called "Speedy" (the name of Green Arrow's sidekick) and his ex-girlfriend sharing a name with Green Arrow's beloved, Black Canary. We also know that other characters from DC Comics, Huntress and Deadshot, will be appearing before long.
I'll stick with "Arrow" a little longer to see how it goes. Despite the fact that it seems to be a bit overloaded with characters, Amell seems to have what it takes to carry the series, and ultimately that could go a long way.
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