Arrow is an American action-adventure television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg. It is based on the fictional character Green Arrow, a superhero who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. It premiered in North America on The CW on October 10, 2012, with international broadcasting to take place in late 2012. The series follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, portrayed by Stephen Amell, who returns home after being stranded on a deserted island for five years to fight crime and corruption as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrows. Arrow will also feature appearances by other DC Comics characters. To assist in promotion, a preview comic book was released to tie into the television series.
The series follows Oliver Queen, billionaire playboy of Starling City, who spends five years stranded on an island following the shipwreck of the family yacht, an accident which claimed the life of everyone else on board including his father and Sarah Lance, the sister of Oliver's girlfriend back home. Oliver is presumed dead before being rescued and brought home to Starling City. Upon his return, he reunites with his mother Moira and her new husband Walter, the former CFO of his father's company. He is also greeted by his younger sister Thea and his best friend Tommy. Oliver also tries to rekindle his relationship with ex-girlfriend Laurel Lance, who blames him for her sister Sarah's death as the two were having an affair at the time of the accident. During the day, Oliver plays the billionaire playboy but at night he is a green-hooded vigilante, following through with his father's dying wishes to right the wrongs of the Queen family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. Oliver's vigilante becomes the focus of Detective Quentin Lance, father to Laurel and Sarah, who is determined to arrest him, unaware of his real identity. He is also constantly flanked by a new bodyguard, John Diggle, who immediately suspects Oliver is hiding something under his playboy persona. In addition, Oliver's mother knows the family yacht was actually sabotaged and may be hiding more family secrets than Oliver could imagine.
Arrow was developed by Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, while the pilot episode was directed by David Nutter, who also directed the pilot for Smallville. The series was picked up by The CW Television Network on May 11, 2012. The series will introduce additional DC Comics characters throughout the season, including: Darren Shahlavi as Constantine Drakon; Michael Rowe as Deadshot; Kelly Hu as China White; Jeffrey Nordling as Frank Bertinelli; and Jeffrey C. Robinson as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke. It was announced on October 15, 2012, that Tahmoh Penikett will portray Tom Salvati, the right hand man of Frank Bertinelli. The studio did not specify if Penikett's role would be a recurring role or just a guest appearance.
To promote the series, DC Comics produced a 10-page preview comic for the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, written by Kreisberg, illustrated by Omar Francia, and featuring a cover by artist Mike Grell. The comic is regarded by the production crew of the TV series as sharing the same canon as the series, with Kreisberg commenting, "[For] anyone who grabs a copy: Hold onto it and as the series progresses, you'll appreciate it more and more."
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