First Look: The CW's Green Arrow Pilot Unleashes a 'Darker, Harder-Edged' Superhero

Green Arrow, unmasked!

Looking to generate a little buzz during an extremely crowded pilot season, The CW has unveiled the first image from Arrow, the network’s newest superhero project starring Hung‘s Stephen Amell in the title role.

Described as a modern retelling of the DC Comics’ Green Arrow property, the potential series revolves around former billionaire playboy Oliver Queen who, after being marooned for five years on a remote island, returns with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime.

Fans expecting Smallville 2.0 are in for a rude awakening.

“When I directed the pilot for Smallville, I knew that making Clark Kent relatable would be the key to audiences believing in him as a hero,” says Arrow helmer/executive producer David Nutter. “Arrow is a different show — darker and harder-edged — but it’s the same core idea. We’re creating a real, believable world in which Oliver Queen can do incredible things. [Costume designer] Colleen Atwood’s great work on the Arrow costume reflects that effort.”