Arrow is an important show. We’re not saying it’s one of the greatest, but it is important and it’s early seasons were great television. It’s important because it created an entire DC Universe on The CW network known as the Arrowverse. And, the patriarch of the Arrowverse was none other than the Green Arrow himself, actor Stephen Amell.
A new report from Geekosity claims that HBO Max will be rebooting the character and the show with a different actor in the role. Apparently, the plan is to debut him in the Peacemaker spinoff show that’s in the works and if he’s received well, then they might even “launch him into his own series after.” This version will also be “very different” from Amell’s take and is said to be “less gloomy.”
Arrow was a much darker seeded show than any of the other CW superhero series. However, much of the criticism on Arrow was the lack of originality in storytelling and depth in acting. Much of the seasons were new bad guy, fight the bad guy, beat the bad guy, and repeat. The earlier seasons of Arrow were amazing television and the show departed from what made it great. Yet, even if HBO Max wants it’s own version of the Green Arrow, Amell recently revealed that the door may be open for Arrow to still return.
Amell recently spoke about the end of Arrow on Michael Rosenbaum’s Inside of You podcast, along with the odd circumstances that led to him suggesting the show be revived less than a year after it had come to a close. Although he was due to film the upcoming wrestling drama Heels, Amell became worried when filming was delayed because of the quarantine restrictions. Among these were Canadian laws that required actors from the United States traveling to Canada to spend two weeks privately sequestered before they would be allowed to go to work. His situation got him thinking, “if everything goes to s**t, why don’t we just do another season of Arrow? Because I want to work.” Next, he called Arrowverse producer Greg Berlanti.
“I called Greg up and said just that. I said, ‘Look, I hope this doesn’t happen, but if everything goes to sh*t and you guys can’t get actors up here because of issues about mostly American actors crossing into Canada, and if things can’t be figured out, here’s the deal man. I’m here and if I have to stay here, I want to work. If I’m going to work, let’s just figure out a way to bring Oliver back from the dead.’”
Amell said Berlanti questioned if he was serious at first. “I go, ‘Yeah, of course, I’m f***ing serious. Again, I hope it doesn’t happen. But, can we at least put it on the radar.”
What are your thoughts on either a new Arrow, which is more likely, or a return to Stephen Amell’s version of the vigilante?
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