Kieran’s Korner: Arrow

Kieran Daly, Entertainment Editor

Super heroes have been the dominating the box office for the past couple years now, from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy to the monster franchise that is The Avengers. But comic book heroes are not only appearing on the small screen now, super heroes are finding their way back into the world of television, and I have to say DC Comics (famous for Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman etc.) are the ones doing it the best.

DC’s comic book archer “The Green Arrow” has been given a new form of life in the form of the CW’s Arrow a realistic gritty take on the usually campy character. The show follows Oliver Queen, a billionaire who has just came back into Starling City after being trapped on a hostile island for five years, although he has not came back the same. The once selfish Oliver has come back to the city with a mission, to rid the city of the people that corrupt it.

The writing in the show is superb! Each episode develops Oliver, played by Stephen Amell, into a better and more relatable protagonist. For fans of Christopher Nolan’s dark and gritty Dark Knight Trilogy this show is perfect, the writers on the show have created the exact same kind of atmosphere in the world of Arrow that was present in Nolan’s films.

Another reason the show is great is due to its fantastic system of incorporating comic book characters into the mix. The show features tons of characters like Deadshot, Count Vertigo, The Dark Archer, Ra’s Al Ghul, Deathstroke and more recently Black Canary and Flash. The Flash guest appearance will actually lead into a new CW show centered on the hero and will feature cross overs into the Arrow show.

My favorite thing about the show is that it doesn’t only follow Oliver’s present struggles, but also that of his past. The scenes on the island are some of my favorite, especially those when we see Oliver transform from a rich selfish brat into a true warrior.

Arrow is currently half way through it’s second season. It airs on Wednesday nights at 7 P.M on the CW, but you can catch up on the whole first season on Netflix. Be sure to watch this show, it is amazing!