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I understand peoples bias. Really, I do. They've had multiple seasons of getting attached to one guy, then, here comes a new guy playing a different character with the same name & it just doesn't feel right because it's not what they're used to, spurring them to make a premature comparison between an apple & an orange. Before Smallville, most people simply only knew that the character of Green Arrow existed & never actually read the comics...& trust me, there is not a single person who's familiar with the comics that would disagree with the fact that GA was originally created as a lazy Batman knockoff (never mind the fact that Batman himself was simply just a lazy knockoff of The Shadow
You don't seem to be understanding what I'm saying. It's not a matter of bias, it's a matter of interpretation by producers. Irregardless of who's playing the character, IMO this interpretation of the character is not very good. It mostly has turned Oliver Queen into a low rent copy of Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne from The Dark Knight trilogy. Obviously the character has long been similar and there are IMO good things to copy from Batman (like a sleek technology driven suit that's full of gadgets), but this interpretation of the character has only copied Bruce Wayne in the worst way possible: being brooding. That's wonderful that it works for Batman, but IMO it doesn't for Oliver and as a result doesn't allow him to stand on his own; it only makes him come off as a pale imitation of Bruce Wayne. The show feels more like a Batman show that couldn't get the rights to Batman than a Green Arrow show. Oliver should have a personality and be likeable. But not only is he an over the top brooding character here, he's just plain unlikeable. He's a complete jerk and not to mention, a murderer (despite whatever transformation to hero his narration claims to place when he left the island). Oliver should at least be a likeable easy going guy, I think that is a better interpretation, irregardless of whether or not Smallvile had that type of interpretation or not (but I do think they had a interpretation the way it should be). And its not a matter of apples and oranges, that character could have easily fit into this world created on Arrow. Hartley's interpretation was very realistic, it's not as if Star City would have had to have super powered beings in it, it would have been a whole different place.
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But first this whole "Green Arrow" Yes he is a knockoff of Batman but the character is supremely differs from Batman on 2 Angles...he is a Playboy as Oliver and as Green Arrow he is a true Ladies Man hence why he defrosted Black Canary and finally got her to marry him.
Second - Green Arrow is a man that will always do the Honest thing he is the true "Conscience of the Justice League" that's why he joined up to keep them honest the only one there that has no powers among Powerful "God-Types" like Superman, Green Lantern, and even Wonder Woman Batman is the Realist of the group he keeps the group honest and straight forward....
Now back to this Series This is a different take on Oliver not because he is Brooding he is not failing his fathers words about re-taking the city from the corrupt bureaucrats that have destroyed the people of Starling City. He is steadfast and he is on a Crusade its like Batman yes...but i believe that it will be a Season or two before they actually get to the Fun-Loving Oliver Queen that will defeat the badguys and save the damsel in distress. This new Actor portraying a focused, Self-determined Oliver that isn't going to stop his crusade and his mission of saving Starling City and rebuild it under a "New" Queen Consortium he isn't doing a bad job....i just have some problems with him "Killing" Major Baddies like Deadshot, and Constantine Drakon, and hell even survive against Deathstroke....i hope they don't keep this wierdness up because if he can even fight Deathstroke and defeat him then he is a God of Martial Arts cause Batman couldn't do it and Batman has been tweeked to the point that he is a Fighting God in the comics in the 90's - 2000's.
The Acting is not bad its a little Dry only because they are STILL getting Characters up and running, people have to get used to their characters and build from that....Arnell is still filling a HUGE shoe being Oliver Queen not because of the "smallville" Fans but because of how WB wants to reboot a low brow character to the new fans and see if its good then they can work on other Live-Action tv shows like for WW or hell even Flash again. Im going to keep giving Arrow a Shot and You guys should also because its NOT THAT bad its still too early right now wait till like season 2 or 3 to make a determined factor or hell Season 1's Season Finale if they do a good cliffhanger then it will keep you suspenced till the Later Fall Season.
I agree i think Stephen Arnell will do a good job with this version of Green Arrow and it will take maybe 2 seasons including this one for him to get into a better degree...the Writing needs to be better, and the way they are focusing on certain characters needs a bit more tweeking but of course i have to digress that this whole Universe of Green Arrow is made for the Younger non-comic book reading characters and some of them are made for the ones who have already seen Smallville...and also majorly of course for the Young Girls cause there are barely any over-weight FAT cops...baddies or anyone ive seen yet on this show and even on Smallville they are heavy but muscular and pretty boyish so there isn't much character realism with the people in the series yet...but who cares its still entertaining but i hope they re-write and make the characters and even Green Arrow more cooler and not kill off certain very good characters especially long-lived characters!
Couldn't someone have told them Oliver Queen has a goatee?
|Smallville is a decade+ old and that Green Arrow would have had the same vibe. A new direction and a clean slate was required, and as much as I loved Smallville things need to change.|
From what I'm reading on this forum people think that being on an island for 5 years, trying to survive against the elements, indigenous animals, and mercenaries. He is going to bounce back like "BOOING!" I'm Oliver Queen and that island is nothing! Heck NO! he is going to have a very hard time going from (island) . There is nothing that can happen that will bounce him back unless he transforms himself. This Oliver is more like Batman that Green Arrow and that's fine. After a few season and things going his way and becoming Starling City's bright hero and thing he becomes more and more like Green Arrow from the comics...I'm giving it more time and i think it will become better!
i get what alot of what some people are saying.theyve been so used to justin hartley playing green arrow its odd to see someone else playing green arrow.
i mean for example.buffy the vampire slayer.kristy swason played buffy in the movies.so when it became a tv show alot of people thought kristy was gonna play the role again and then they get sarah which somepeople got confused.over the years people really loved sarah as buffy alot more than they liked kristy as buffy.now their playing on making a buffy the vampire slayer movie with another actress thats not sarah.
or with superman i think the best superman was dean cain.but their many others who played that role.so fans like certain supermans others dont.
so i get what people are saying.so far anell is doing a great job.
trust me its gonna take some time for others to warm up to him.im still trying to warm up to this new buffy movie because i like buffy so much but its gonna be odd not seeing sarah play her.just like superman its very strange to see tom play superman but i warm up to him.
to each its own you know.
When Hartley became Green Arrow I thought he had the "wrong" face because I was familiar with Superfriends and the comics. Green Arrow was supposed to have a beard at the time. Hartley had a smooth face. There was a time in the 1970's when Green Arrow was clean-shaven but that wasn't long. It's wrong, it's just different.
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I just can't imagine liking a show when the main character is played by the "Wrong" actor.
oh please, i saw smallvilles green arrow and the guy who played green arrow was great but arrow is a series in its own right, they got the arrow actor perfect for the role, stephan amiell is fantastic playing oliver queen, you see this is the dark side to green arrow, the true nature of the story of how he became the way he is.
in smallville they showed alittle bit of how oliver became the way he was which was lighthearted and also showed him in smallville as abit of a douch, well the show made him out to be to make clark seem cooler and before seeing arrow i though he was abit of annoying but after seeing arrow you see how oliver is and why he is the way he is.
so heres my question to you, why does the different face thing annoy you here but they have had many different faces of superman and batman.
oh and dont you think its weird that in smallville the woman who plays clarks mother also played clarks girlfriend lana lang in the superman movie, talk about disturbing