Arrow star Stephen Amell talks about playing the CW’s new superhero, Oliver Queen.
The CW’s gritty take on the Green Arrow begins with Queen returning home having gone missing for several years — stranded on an island where he mysteriously picked up an array of skills that will serve him well in his vigilante exploits.
Amell is keen to point out that Arrow is different from Smallville in that the characters don’t have any superpowers. He told IGN:
We tried to make him as real as possible. The character doesn’t have any superpowers. Nobody on the show has any superpowers. [Arrow pilot director] David Nutter — I think he said this when a a picture of the costume was released — when he made Smallville, he wanted to find the humanity in Clark Kent. We’re looking for the humanity in Oliver Queen too. He’s gone through a ton to get to where he is, and we’re going to explore how he got there. But we wanted to make sure that he was really properly weighted and real.
On the Island and whether Queen’s time there will be fully explored:
He gets stranded on the island, and we explore that. We’re going to explore the island as we move along, but he got some really important advice before he got to the island. He’s taken that with him for five years, and comes back with business to take care of.
I think the idea is to — not all the time, and not with a set regularity — but I think it is critical to explore how he went from the person that he was when he left the island — which is extremely different: he’s spoiled, he’s entitled, he’s a bit of a jerk — and he comes off it something very, very different. So we’re going to explore how he gets there.
Watch a sneak peek for Arrow below. The series premieres this fall on Wednesdays at 8/7c on the CW.