This week a new teaser trailer for The CW’s Arrow has been released, giving us more insight into the backstory, art direction, and (hopefully) overall style of the upcoming show. We are treated to some island shots of his origin, the first shot of one of his trick arrows, a quick action sequence of close quarters combat (which shows just how a guy with a bow and arrow can evade and take down those with guns), some humor, and the obligatory hero shots; that’s a lot to take in in just 30 seconds!
The survivalist aspect during Ollie’s island exile has been GA’s origin story since Jack Kirby; but it was really brought out and set the tone for our modern age understanding of the emerald archer In Andy Diggle & Jock’s Green Arrow Year 1. Just watching the few island shots we were privy to in this teaser it’s clear that from the beginning that the CW is trying to appeal to existing fans by at least acknowledging his comic roots story wise and stylistically.
If this is truly their intention then I can’t applaud them enough! Many Superman fans were really turned off by Smallville directly spitting in the face of continuity to force the man of steel to appeal to a more mainstream audience. For the uninitiated, here’s a quick rundown of Arrow’s origin story from wikipedia.
If this doesn’t make you think of the J.T. Krul ‘Brightest Day’ storyline then I don’t know what will; although it’s probably just a parallel to the island Ollie gets stranded on, I completely geeked out when I saw the mirrored city graphic. I hope you do a little too