I’m pleased and excited to be review the CW series Arrow every week for Nerd Bastards starting this week. Why? Because if you want a reason that there’s a comic book-based TV series on every channel now, this is it.
Arrow premiered in the fall of 2012. Based on the comic book adventures of Green Arrow, who was introduced in the 1940s, but developed into a kind of modern populist Robin Hood in the 1970s, Arrow owed a lot in its first season to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. That’s not a bad thing, but in its second season, Arrow became a full-blown comic book saga by introducing other comic book characters like Black Canary, the Suicide Squad, and, now starring in his own series, The Flash.
The third season of Arrow has a lot to live up to after the proverbial thrill ride of season two featuring Arrow’s transformation from vigilante to hero as his past being a shipwrecked playboy on a deserted island came back to haunt him. The final battle between Arrow and Slade “Deathstroke” Wilson was epic, so it will be interesting to see if Arrow, in season three, will stick the landing or not.
You can read my first Arrow review of the season here, and follow-up every Wednesday/Thursday on Nerd Bastards.
You can also check out my coverage of Arrow star Stephen Amell’s Q&A at Fan Expo in August here.