Batman makes a point to never intentionally kill someone, but the Green Arrow of the CW's new fall series Arrow? He doesn't have that rule.
The guy in the green leather jacket, hoodie, bow and arrows, actor Stephen Amell talked about the gritty, realistic take on the longtime DC Comics superhero Friday at Comic-Con, and his playboy alter ego, Oliver Queen.
"Who doesn't want to play a superhero on TV? I always wanted to play the villain, but this will do for now," said Amell, the first actor who auditioned for the role.
Queen is a well-to-do playboy who's full of himself until he's stranded on a remote island for five years and trains to be pretty much an elite athlete - one who's really good at archery. When he finally returns home, he's a changed man mentally, too, and begins his mission to be Starling City's resident vigilante.
Amell immersed himself in Green Arrow comics-aaincluding the series that was used as a proof of concept, Green Arrow: Year One-aaand remembers talking to his cousin the night he got the part. "I turned to him and said, 'I get to wear a suit.' I was sold."
That suit was the object of a lot of attention, including from executive producer Marc Guggenheim. "It should be so realistic with the hood that no one would look twice," he said. "Then we started to enhance."
Amell got into such great shape for the role that executive producer Greg Berlanti saw a tape of him doing extreme pull-ups and decided to put it in the show. "Batman can't do that," he said.
"It's true," Amell quipped.
The Arrow pilot showed the mask of comic-book villain Deathstroke in passing, and easter eggs and nods - both big and small-aawill pop up that stem from the source material. (It was announced at the panel that Kelly Hu will guest-star as femme fatale China White in an early episode of the first season, which begins Oct. 10 and is paired on Wednesday night with Supernatural.)
Dinah Lance, a love interest of Green Arrow's, is played by Katie Cassidy, and the actress is "ready to take it on" if the series hold to comic form and she puts on fishnets as superheroine Black Canary.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said viewers will see Dinah as a woman of action "not as soon as you want but a lot sooner than you think."
The producers said that the last TV Green Arrow, Justin Hartley from Smallville, was never considered as a subject for a spinoff or his own series. He was a function of Smallville, Guggenheim said, and wasn't a character built to lead a TV show.
"You have to reimagine the character in a more grounded, realistic way. It's a part of the nature of a vigilante. You want to have a dark conflicted hero because that's the nature of taking the law into your own hands."
And that means sometimes Green Arrow taking out a bad guy permanently. Sorry, Dark Knight.
"You don't always have to like his tactics - and I'm fine if some people don't - but you have to respect him," Amell said. There are snapped necks along the way."