Smallville Green Arrow and Lois Lane

Former Smallville star reveals Green Arrow and Lois Lane nearly had a spinoff series

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Jun 1, 2018

Arrow is currently heading into its seventh season on The CW, but Stephen Amell’s Green Arrow wasn’t the hero’s first appearance on the network. Justin Hartley portrayed Oliver Queen/Green Arrow for five seasons on Smallville, the Superman prequel series that ran for a decade. And according to Hartley, his Green Arrow nearly shared top billing with Lois Lane on a Smallville spinoff.

Via ScreenRant, Hartley was a guest on Inside of You, a podcast by Michael Rosenbaum, the actor who played Lex Luthor on Smallville. During the episode, Hartley dropped a few details about Metropolis, a proposed spinoff that would have starred his Green Arrow and Erica Durance’s Lois Lane.

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“While I was on Smallville, there were several different spinoff ideas that they had,” said Hartley. “They wanted to do a spinoff called Metropolis or something like that, I heard whispers of that. It was Lois and Oliver in Metropolis and whatever that was. They were trying to extend the life of the show.”

At one point during Smallville’s run, this could have worked. That show used Green Arrow as its surrogate Batman, and Oliver Queen and Lois were paired up in part to delay her eventual romance with Clark Kent. However, the Smallville creative team eventually put Oliver together with Chloe Sullivan, who was played by Allison Mack. Considering that Oliver and Chloe got married on that show, then it would make more sense if she was on the proposed spinoff. Then again, Mack’s recent legal troubles suggest that it may not have been a good idea to continue that pairing.

Near the end of Smallville’s run, there were additional rumors about a Green Arrow TV series that eventually became a reality with Arrow. According to Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim, the decision to move on from Smallville’s Green Arrow was largely out of a desire to create their own take on the character. 

Would you have been excited about a Metropolis series starring Hartley and Durance? Let us know in the comment section below!