Arrow sneak peek shows off exploding arrows and a mean right hook

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 17, 2012

There are so many ways that The CW's take on Green Arrow can go wrong—it can be hard to make an archer look tough, Hawkeye notwithstanding—but the more we see of Arrow, the more we're encouraged.

This extended trailer sets up the pilot—and this Green Arrow's origin—pretty well: Oliver Queen (Stephen Arnell) was lost at sea for years, marooned on a distant island, and then is found. He returns to his family a changed man, a hardened man, but he can't return to his pampered playboy ways. There's crimefighting to be done.

What do you think? Worth checking out in the fall or not?

Here's the official synopsis:

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he's become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow—a vigilante—to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be—flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle—while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel's father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver's own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on—and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.

(Via Geek Tyrant)