The CW Takes Aim At ‘Green Arrow’

The upstart network may finally have its "Smallville" successor series... which is not a spinoff.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

During the last few seasons of "Smallville," producers and executives at The CW put forth a few ideas for some follow up series. There was "The Graysons;" which would have followed Dick Grayson before he became Robin. Then there was talk of a "Raven" series based on the "Teen Titans" character and more recently, a "Deadman" show from "Supernatural" creator Eric Kripke.

Now we can add "Green Arrow" to that list as well. Deadline is reporting that The CW is finalizing a deal to produce a "Green Arrow" pilot as a precursor to a possible TV series; which is further than the other concepts got.

"Green Lantern" screenwriters Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim are teaming up with Andrew Kreisberg to write and executive produce the potential series; which will simply be called "Arrow." Despite Justin Hartley's long stint portraying Green Arrow on "Smallville," he is not expected to reprise his role as Oliver Queen and the new series is reportedly an original story that is not based on the character's comic book origin.

Created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp in 1941, Green Arrow was originally a thinly veiled Batman knockoff that gradually developed into a socially conscious and distinctive super hero under the guidance of writer Denny O'Neil. 

Kreisberg previously wrote the "Green Arrow and Black Canary" comic book series for DC Comics, in addition to his stints on "The Simpsons," "Justice League," "Boston Legal" and "Fringe." Guggenheim also has a number of comic book series under his belt, including "Amazing Spider-Man," "The Flash" and "Young X-Men" in addition to co-writing a screenplay for "The Flash" alongside Berlanti.

Apparently, the "Arrow" TV pilot discussions are so far along that director David Nutter has expressed interest in helming the first episode, as he did for "Smallville" over ten years ago.

Of course, getting to the pilot stage doesn't mean that "Arrow" will go to series. Back in 2006, "Smallville" producers Al Gough and Miles Millar cast Hartley as the lead in their "Aquaman" pilot; which was ultimately turned down by the WB network.

What are your thoughts on a new Green Arrow series? Should it be called "Green Arrow" or "Arrow"? And who would you cast in the lead role? Target our comment section and share your opinions!