Arrow Preview: The CW Goes For Superheroes And The Archery Trend

By Katey Rich 2012-05-17 12:15:47 discussion comments
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With superheroes taking over the movies thanks to the likes of The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man, it only makes sense for them to take a turn on television as well. Though simplifying the title to just Arrow, the CW's new show is a retelling of the classic comic book story of Oliver Queen, a man who create a fictional persona to help save his city and right the wrongs of the past. The show, which is set to air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW this fall, stars Stephen Arnell, who's had roles on Heartland, Private Practice, Hung and the CW's own 90210.

The Arrow, true to his name, is an expert archer, and you can get a sense of those skills in this first clip from the series below.



And here is the photo the CW has released for the show, once again showing off Arnell's serious archer's stance.



After The Hunger Games and The Avengers, there's a clear archery trend going on in pop culture, and Arrow seems to fit right into that mold. It will be airing just before Supernatural on Wednesdays, making this a solid fantasy, male-centric night among the CW's other nights that are devoted to more women-targeted shows. Check out the full synopsis for Arrow below, and look for it on the CW this fall.

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After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine. The series stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance. Based on characters appearing in comic books and graphic novels published by DC Comics, ARROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Green Lantern,” “Brothers & Sisters”), Marc Guggenheim (“FlashForward,” “Eli Stone”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Warehouse 13,” “The Vampire Diaries”) and David Nutter (“Smallville,” “Supernatural,” “Game of Thrones”). Melissa Kellner Berman (“Eli Stone,” “Dirty Sexy Money”) is co-executive producer. The pilot was directed by David Nutter from a teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim, story by Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim.


See the rest of the CW fall lineup HERE.
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