The series, which will air on Wednesdays at 8:00-9:00 p.m., stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance.

With Smallville gone, The CW needed a brave character to step in and lead a new superhero drama. So it went with The Green Arrow, a character that was actually featured in Smallville. But this will be a darker version of character, a billionaire playboy who fights crime with a bow and arrow and dresses like Robin Hood.

Initial reaction based on description alone: Look, I understand a show about Superman. People are familiar with The Man of Steel. But The Green Arrow?

My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: See above. He may be a badass to comic fans, but this needs to appeal to a new audience and a lack of recognition doesn't help.

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