Arrow exec explains how S2 is all about their 'Batman Begins' approach

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Jul 2, 2013, 8:04 PM EDT (Updated)

Most fans would agree that the first season of The CW’s Arrow was actually pretty good, but producer Marc Guggenheim promises it was only the prequel to all the Dark Knight-esque action they have planned.

In a great interview with Comic Book Resources, Guggenheim opened up about their grand plan for the series and where they want to take it in the coming years. If you’ve noticed some parallels to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, that’s intentional, and Guggenheim said season one was essentially laying the groundwork for all the stuff they have planned. You know, like Nolan did with Batman Begins.

If they’re able to run as long as they’d like, he says they’ll really spend the first two years taking Oliver through that transition from “The Hood” to “Arrow.”

Check out an excerpt from the interview below:

“This was always sort of the trajectory we planned. This has always been the first two years of ‘Batman Begins.’ In fact, last year, around October, right before the show premiered, we had a meeting with the head of the studio and we basically said, it's about going from being the Hood to the Arrow to Green Arrow. We knew all along that it would take us two years to do that. The thing that makes me worried is, the show works well because it has darkness to it. It's not gonna be all sunshine and rainbows in Season 2, I don't want people to get the wrong impression that the show is going to abruptly change, tonally. It's actually consistent in its tone even though Oliver has a more ‘Aspirational’ mission.”

It’s nice to know they’ve developed such a detailed show bible along the way, and that forethought and planning showed in season one. They had good arcs, which tied together nicely to create a pretty taut action thriller. Here’s hoping it only gets bigger and better next season.

(Via Comic Book Resources)