When word got out that The CW was adapting Green Arrow into a TV series, many fans of the network’s long-running Smallville hoped that meant a spinoff, as the show featured a popular version of the character during its final few seasons, played by Justin Hartley. Instead, the producers chose Stephen Amell for the new Arrow. But why?
According to Entertainment Weekly, producer Marc Guggenheim said it’s essentially because they didn’t want to get caught in the expectations of Smallville fans—which would hinder their ability to create their own tone for the new series, much as Christopher Nolan did when rebooting Batman:
"We certainly wanted to chart our own course and destiny, [but] Justin is a terrific Arrow. Michael Keaton [as Batman] doesn’t affect your love for Christian Bale and Christian Bale doesn’t affect your love for Adam West … multiple iterations are possible."
Guggenheim went on to explain how Arrow is darker than the Smallville universe, and he hopes to use it as a vehicle to tackle some larger concepts of justice throughout the series run:
"We’re exploring the nature of vigilantism … and well get into those [moral] issues. The Arrow always gives the bad guy the opportunity to do the right thing … when he kills, he kills for necessity … it’s not just random violence … we’ll face the issues of his morality head on…that’s part of the fun quite, frankly, when telling a story about a vigilante."
What do you think? After seeing the trailer, is Amell the man for the job? Or do you miss Hartley’s Green Arrow?
(Via Entertainment Weekly)
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Is it possible that the upcoming ninth season for “Smallville” won’t be the series’ last?
That could be the case according to series star, Justin Hartley.
“Look, they’re so busy right now, they don’t know if they’re doing one more season or eight more seasons or two more seasons,” Hartley told SciFi Wire. “They have no idea. So we’ll see. I’ve spoken to them a couple weeks ago and had kind of a vague conversation with them about concept and stuff.”
Hartley may have a better idea of where things will go when he returns to the set later this month. The actor who plays Oliver Queen, aka the Green Arrow, on the show says he’s seen the first script of the season and can see where the writers are taking the Green Arrow this season.
“I know I’m in the episode,” he said, referring to the season premiere. “I know there’s a couple of saves gone awry. I think Oliver might be drinking again, which is always fun to play. So we’ll see what happens. I’ll leave that up to the brain trust.”
And while Hartley knows that, he doesn’t know yet if and how Green Arrow will go up against this year’s new big-bad, General Zod.
“I don’t know, we’ll see,” Hartley said. “I hope so. I always like to work with new actors. We just got this guy. I guess they hired a gentleman a couple days ago, so hopefully. We’ll see what happens.”
“Smallville” returns in September on the CW.
According to Entertainment Weekly’s TV guru, Michael Ausiello, Smallville is among the shows officially announced as being picked up for another Season come this fall by the CW. This season has seen steady ratings, and good buzz amongst fans with Doomsday as a major villain and more DCU guest stars including the Legion of Superheroes and the coming appearance of Zatanna. Two of the four current producers of the show are leaving to helm a remake of Melrose Place (I wish I was kidding).
Supernatural, Smallville’s genre sibling on the network, also got renewed for a new season.
Justin Hartley, who plays Oliver Queen (aka Green Arrow) on The CW’s Smallville, told SCI FI Wire he’s thrilled to be a regular cast member for the show’s upcoming eighth season and offered a few spoilers about his relationship with Clark (Tom Welling). Read more