The CW's Green Arrow will be the Jason Bourne of superheroes

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Dec 16, 2012

The CW's Green Arrow pilot is no Smallville. The network's latest superhero drama will have less fantasy and more reality, with a protagonist its producers are comparing to a well-known movie spy. Are you ready for an edgier Oliver Queen?

What makes Arrow different from its predecessor? Realism. The CW's head of development, Thom Sherman, recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly and described the show as "very provocative and sophisticated and edgy." He says the pilot's "not as comic book-y as Smallville or other [superhero projects] from other networks."

Arrow will be more grounded in reality, but the tone will be less Dark Knight, more Jason Bourne. "He doesn't have any superpowers," says Sherman. "His skill set is that he's an archer, but he also has physical strength and prowess. He's clever and able to devise ways of taking down a bad guy that are unique and fun to watch."

Justin Hartley previously played Green Arrow/Oliver Queen for five seasons on Smallville. But this time around Canadian actor Stephen Amell will suit up for the coveted role. Arrow will be produced by Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern), Marc Guggenheim (FlashForward) and Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe, Warehouse 13().

Are you interested in seeing a grittier Green Arrow?