With The CW's take on DC's Green Arrow—now simply titled Arrow—given the green light to shoot a pilot, details are beginning to slip out: namely, a rundown of all the show's major characters. And there are some very familiar faces.
It was a given that a CW version of Green Arrow would skew younger than the Emerald Archer is usually seen in the comics (not withstanding the New 52 edition). So it's not surprising to see the general whippersnapperishness of all these characters. And some of the character backgrounds feel like they're leaning on Andy Diggle and Jock's Green Arrow: Year One comic book miniseries for inspiration—perhaps right down to naming one of the characters "Diggle."
Oliver Queen: A 27-year-old reformed bad boy, who after having spent five years shipwrecked on a tiny, brutally dangerous island in the South China Sea returns to town a different man. Or to be more specific, a tortured, thoughtful master of the bow with a ferocious determination to make a difference.
Dinah "Laurel" Lance: 28 years old, smart sexy, Laurel is a legal aid attorney determined to use her life as a one-woman war against the 1% following the death of her younger sister Sara. A sister, who as luck would have it, just so happened to have died aboard Oliver's yacht.
Tommy Merlyn: 28 years old and devil-smooth, Tommy is a trustafarian like Oliver, a spectacularly rich young man whose life revolves around parties, clubs, liquor and lots of anonymous sex. Unlike Oliver, he can't seem to understand his former best friend's sudden change of lifestyle and direction.
Moira Queen: 48 years old, a beautiful woman, Oliver's mother Moira is a very wealthy woman who is not used to being shaken. Having remarried during the five years that former husband Robert and Oliver were both presumed dead, Moira has had free rein over the Queen billions. Not surprisingly, she's deeply interested in learning whether or not Robert will also return unexpectedly, to ruin her present marriage and go over the books with a fine-tooth comb.
John Diggle: 35 years old, African-American, Diggle is really, really big, a former military man who served with the Army Rangers in Afghanistan, and has been a bodyguard for hire for the last four years. Hired by Moira to be Oliver's chauffeur and protector, Diggle soon finds he is trapped in a battle of wits, as Oliver repeatedly eludes his protection. But in fact, Diggle's primary conflict is one of loyaltyhe has to show that he's working for Oliver, not Moira, before Oliver will give him a smidgen of trust.
Thea Queen: 17 years old (suggest 17-22 years), Oliver's Lolita-esque sister, Thea was a 12 year old girl when he went on his infamous yachting voyage—but now she's a celebutante who's testing the boundaries of acceptable behavior. Thea loved her big brother with all her heart, and is delighted to have him back in her life—but she's spreading her wings, and is unprepared for Oliver to become the Bad Cop in the family, restricting her access to boys and drugs.
Basically, crazy-sexy-rich people behaving badly ... one of whom likes to shoot things with pointy sticks. Sounds right up The CW's alley.
(via Spinoff Online)