I have a small confession to make. As a kid, I liked the idea of comic books but didn’t read them much. So there’s a lot of stuff that I probably missed out on. The great thing for me these days is that it seems like any comic that’s ever enjoyed any success has either come to the big or small screen. This brings me to my current new favorite TV show, the CW’s Arrow.
Set in the make believe town of Starling City, it follows the adventures of Oliver Queen, aka Arrow (although he is referred to on the show as The Vigilante, or The Hood). I like a lot of things about this series. One of them is that although it’s not as gritty as The Dark Knight, it’s thankfully not a cartoonish depiction. Another thing that I absolutely love is that they have no problem introducing other heroes from the DC universe. In just under a season and a half, we’ve heard quite a few names that to the trained ear might just be crime fighters in their own right.
The premise is this: Billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, once presumed dead, returns from an island purgatory where he’s spent the last 5 years. He is no longer the spoiled party boy he was. Now, he is determined to right the wrongs done to his beloved Starling City. And, in a similar fashion to the caped crusader of Gotham, he decides to do so with a secret identity.
With 70-plus years of comic story lines to choose from, this could continue on and be an absolute monster of a series. And at the rate in which they’ve mentioned other DC staples, it could spawn at least a dozen spinoffs. If you have Wednesday nights open, I urge you to check Arrow out. The first season is available on Netflix, and it’s worth the time investment. With all the Marvel heroes currently taking no prisoners at the box office, it’s nice to see some other guys get a shot.