Words By Dr Hip-Hop | @DrHipHop85
The last time DC Comics had a major television series on The CW, it was the initially lauded but eventually lampooned Smallvile.This series, loosely (and I mean loosely) based on the early years of Superman, started with promise but devolved into a poorly written pastiche of teen dramas. So we had every right to be skeptical of their newest ongoing series, Arrow.
A re-imagining of the classic DC superhero the Green Arrow, Arrow follows the beginnings of Oliver Queen’s (aka the Green Arrow) career as the emerald-hooded vigilante protecting Starling City. Picking up the fundamentals of the character’s origins, the premiere of Arrow cast Oliver as a broken character who returns to the “real” world after spending five years stuck on a deserted island. Changed physically and psychologically, Oliver is no longer the carefree playboy he once was, and between dealing with changes in his family and friends he must deal with the mental scars of his stay on the island, as well as enact revenge on all those who wronged his father.
From this first episode we get a general idea of the type of mood and story this series proposes to tell. Much more mature than a majority of Smallville, this a show with a lead character who is far more dark and brooding. In fact, it seems that show creators Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, and Greg Berlanti are taking more inspirations from Nolan’s Batman than anything the Man of Tomorrow has ever done. Luckily, at least from these first few episodes, they also aren’t as averse to bringing in more elements of the comics to the show. In just the first two episodes the show is full of treats for longtime comic fans. A few DC comic villains, like Brick, were name dropped and Kelly Hu as a sexy China White has already shown up, among other allusions to the original comic.
With only a handful of episode to go off, it’s hard to say whether or not Arrow will be a flash in the pan or if it will endure ten seasons like its predecessor. Looking ahead we can expect to see more comic book goodness and big battles. The mercenary who never misses, Deadshot, is popping up this week. While rumblings of Huntress and Lady Shiva are down the pipeline. But the biggest guest star to look forward to is Deathstroke. Known as the deadliest man in the DC comic universe, this perfect killing machine could be the type of adversary that elevates Arrow to the level of cult status. Only time will tell, of course.
What I do know is that it’s an interesting take on a comic property that has never gotten this much mainstream attention. If done right, this series could accomplish goals similar to The Walking Dead, bringing together comic book nerds and the average TV viewer every week.