Arrow exec reveals why Smallville's Hartley didn't get the part

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

When word got out that The CW was adapting Green Arrow into a TV series, many fans of the network's long-running Smallville hoped that meant a spinoff, as the show featured a popular version of the character during its final few seasons, played by Justin Hartley. Instead, the producers chose Stephen Amell for the new Arrow. But why?

According to Entertainment Weekly, producer Marc Guggenheim said it's essentially because they didn't want to get caught in the expectations of Smallville fans—which would hinder their ability to create their own tone for the new series, much as Christopher Nolan did when rebooting Batman:

"We certainly wanted to chart our own course and destiny, [but] Justin is a terrific Arrow. Michael Keaton [as Batman] doesn't affect your love for Christian Bale and Christian Bale doesn't affect your love for Adam West ... multiple iterations are possible."

Guggenheim went on to explain how Arrow is darker than the Smallville universe, and he hopes to use it as a vehicle to tackle some larger concepts of justice throughout the series run:

"We're exploring the nature of vigilantism ... and well get into those [moral] issues. The Arrow always gives the bad guy the opportunity to do the right thing ... when he kills, he kills for necessity ... it's not just random violence ... we'll face the issues of his morality head on...that's part of the fun quite, frankly, when telling a story about a vigilante."

What do you think? After seeing the trailer, is Amell the man for the job? Or do you miss Hartley's Green Arrow?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)