So it looks like we’re definitely getting one DC Comics hero on TV next season: Green Arrow. But without the green. And the beard. The show is called Arrow.
I have to admit, I’m a fan of the old Dennis O’Neil, Neil Adams Green Arrow/Green Lantern from the 70s. I like the image of Green Arrow as “robin hood,” even if that look is a bit quaint. I was even a fan of Kevin Smith’s run on Green Arrow in 2000, Quiver. In both cases, he was sort of the old liberal, the conscience of the group. I think that the Justice League Unlimited animated show captured that beautifully.
I’m not a fan of the current run, however. I’m not much for Oliver Quinn as rich kid being young and hip with money and toys. He may have a similar personality but I think too much was lost. Admittedly they went sort of crazy with him in recent years but I wish they would have gone back to the O’Neil/Adams look and attitude. So after the first two issues I gave all the New 52 I dropped it.
What does this have to do with the show? Well, the young buck they have playing “Arrow” looks a lot like the current comic iteration. The one that I quit. So I can’t say that I’m enthusiastic for this show. But I’ll watch it, certainly. Maybe even give it a whole season. But while I have hope, as I said, I’m not holding my breath, either.