I checked out the pilot to CW's Arrow today, at the insistence of some friends. I probably didn't give it nearly enough chance, and maybe some of these will change, but here's my totally non-objective response:
- I guess it's alright if you've never heard of GA
- The action is well filmed
- Narration by protagonist is a clunky means of exposition, especially to establish the characters inner thoughts
- Dialogue like: "Stay away from me. Otherwise I might hurt you again." or "He's been able to bribe or kill anyone who's got in his way. *dramatic beat* He hasn't met me yet."
- Reactions to GA's return from his family aren't believable or compelling in their own right (there's like one scene where it's effects are fully established, for his sister. His mother is pretty much ignored)
- Too derivative of Nolan's Batman trilogy.
- His costume is barely even green.
- Starling City is a pointless name change, the city lacks personality (could just as easily be Metropolis or Coast City)
- Never officially named Green Arrow, in show or title
- His character has little to no liberal viewpoint (this one might develop later I guess)
- That's not a domino mask, that's green spray paint. You utter mug.
- Killing a dude in cold blood is VERY atypical of the character
- His "wacky" comic-relief buddy is irritating beyond belief
- No Speedy (as in "FUCK NO, SPEEDY IS NOT HIS SISTER!!!!")
- No Black Canary (as in "FUCK NO, DINAH LANCE IS A LEGACY SUPER-HERO, NOT SOME RANDOM LAWYER BROAD!!!!"), and wtf is with "Laurel" anyway? That's not her name. She's completely unrecognisable from her comic-book counterpart.
Also, lack of relation to the DCU means:
- No sci-fi / "comic-book" elements, thereby limiting the possibilities of scenarios (villians, plot devices, locations, cross-overs etc) - ESPECIALLY his relationship with Green Lantern (and to a lesser extent Batman)
- Black Canary, if
- No means of resolving the death-of-GA arc
- No Green Arrow JR
And, most importantly:
- No hat
- No goatee (WTF?!)
I mean, it's not like they could (or necessarily should) implement everything from the comic-book canon, but GA as a character is a lot more linked to the DCU than archetypes like Superman. Ultimately, while (I begrudgingly accept) it's decent in it's own right, it just doesn't feel like Green Arrow. With minor cosmetic changes, it could just as easily be "Hawkeye: The TV Show" (and they'd rename the character to just "Hawk") or "lo-tech Ironman" or "Batman: but with arrows or some shit". Too gritty-reboot / apologetically related to it's source material.
All my opinion really boils down to is obsessive fan-wank, but, despite that, I'm genuinely amazed it has an 8.5 on IMDb. At best it's just a less effective rehash of Batman Begins, with added teen-drama elements. Ignoring it's connection to the comic-books, I'd give it a 6.0 at most.
Has anyone else seen it?