Our Favorite TV Serials Based on Comics

2012 – present
Staring Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell and David Ramsey

This one is brand new and coming out of the gate pretty strongly. With only sixteen episodes aired so far, the CW has already picked up the series for a second season.  Loosely (and I mean loosely) based on DC’s The Green Arrow, the series definitely is worth watching.  But be fore warned: this one is intensely addictive.

The series follows Oliver Queen, billionaire playboy of Starling City, who spends five years stranded on an island following a shipwreck that claims the life of everyone else on board, including his father, Robert Queen, and Sara Lance, the sister of Oliver’s girlfriend Laurel. Upon his return to Starling City, he is reunited with his mother, Moira, and her new husband, Walter, the former CFO of his father’s company who is now the CEO. He is also greeted by his younger sister, Thea, and his best friend, Tommy Merlyn, the son of billionaire Malcolm Merlyn. Oliver also tries to reconnect with ex-girlfriend Laurel, but she blames him for the death of her sister, Sara, as Oliver and Sara were having an affair at the time of the accident.

During the day, Oliver plays the billionaire playboy; at night, he becomes a green-hooded vigilante, following through with his father’s dying wishes to right the wrongs of the Queen family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. Oliver’s vigilante persona becomes the focus of Detective Quentin Lance, father to Laurel and Sara, who is determined to arrest him and who blames Oliver for his daughter’s death and his wife leaving him, though he remains unaware of his real identity. Oliver is also constantly flanked by a bodyguard, John Diggle, who later joins Oliver in his fight for justice. Moira is also hiding some secrets, as she knows that the family yacht was actually sabotaged.

Arrow was developed by Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, while the pilot episode was directed by David Nutter, who also directed the pilot for Smallville. The series was picked up by The CW Television Network on May 11, 2012. The series will introduce additional DC Comics characters throughout the season, including: Darren Shahlavi as Constantine Drakon,Michael Rowe as Deadshot,Kelly Hu as China White,Jeffrey Nordling as Frank Bertinelli, Currie Graham as King of the Royal Flush Gang,Jeffrey C. Robinson as a man wearing the Deathstroke costume, who is later revealed to not be Slade Wilsonand Andrew Dunbar as Firefly.

Stay tuned, folks. This is definitely one to watch.