Why the guys behind Arrow believe it ain't a superhero show

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Dec 17, 2012

New series Arrow may be filling the Smallville void on The CW's schedule, but the creators say the Green Arrow adaptation is definitely a different beast. In fact, producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg say it's not even really a superhero show.

The trailers and promo material have set this new series up to be a gritty, grounded take on the comic book canon, drawing heavily from the "Longbow Hunters" and "Year One" arcs in the comic.

For Kreisberg, the show is a lot like Christopher Nolan's seminal The Dark Knight—in that there's a grounded, awesome story regardless. Once you have that, then you just add in a DC hero to build the narrative around:

"We were heavily influenced, obviously, by Chris Nolan's take on Batman, especially the second movie, The Dark Knight. If you pull Batman out of that movie you're essentially left with Michael Mann's Heat. It really is just a crime thriller. Truly, the only fantastical thing in it really is Batman. That's the way we approached this material. Oliver could just as easily have a gun and a ski mask. The only thing that even makes it a comic book is the fact that he wears a hood. The only reason he does that is it's not so much to wear a costume as much as it is that's how he feels most like a predator. That's how he gets back into the mindset of the hunter on the island. And to conceal his identity. He's not wearing tights. He's not dressing up to dress up. Given that, there is very little about it that's sort of comic book-y."
Guggenheim added they're trying to create a show that can sneak up and appeal to a lot of different demographics, but still not lose sight of the character drama that will drive the series:
"It's interesting to me because we don't really see the show as a superhero show. We see it as more like a crime thriller. It's designed to appeal to comic book fans, obviously. That's why we're putting in all the Easter eggs and everything. But it's also designed to appeal to a much larger audience. The most gratifying thing that I hear is from a lot of women, quite frankly, going, "I did not expect to like this show, but I really liked it." The phrase I hear a lot is, "It's not for me but I loved it." I'm like, well it is for you. There's character and there's heart and there's emotion and then there's a lot of soapy elements. It's totally for you. But that's not what people expect when the poster is a guy in a hood with a bow and arrow. That's the appeal of the show."
What do you think? Do you prefer the idea of a dark, gritty take; or do you want something more grounded in the comic world?

(Via The Huffington Post)

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