The CW's Arrow is in a tough spot. It's based on a comic book character, but will steer away from comic book elements. The producers have made it clear that Arrow isn't a superhero show. It's more of a crime drama. That means no superpowers—or surprise visits from certain DC legends.
Arrow isn't Smallville and has no desire to be. Oliver Queen won't battle intergalactic creatures or mystical villains, which means he won't need otherworldly help. According to executive producer Marc Guggenheim, they're staying away from the famous faces.
"I think as far as those big names like Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne and Hal Jordan and Diana Prince, we're going to shy away from that, especially because we really want to establish Oliver Queen as our hero and our lead," Guggenheim says.
"We're not looking to do Justice League as our TV show. We're doing a show called 'Arrow,' which is about Oliver Queen. Anyone who comes into his world will be a supporting character. Those characters aren't supporting characters. Those are leads. So we'll be focusing more on supporting cast in the DC universe. People who come in and complement Oliver, not overtake him."
We can understand them wanting to establish Arrow as the lead. But how long will that last before fans start clamoring for more? They want to distance themselves from Smallville but still capture its audience. Apparently there are two major differences between the shows. Oliver has no problem killing (if necessary), and no one is "super" anything.
Check out the extended preview of Arrow below:
Arrow premieres Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. on The CW.