Big Things Are In Store For CW’s Arrow As Geoff Johns Takes On A Larger Role

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Many people were skeptical when it was announced that the CW would be creating a new series based on Green Arrow. The news came just as Smallville was coming to a close, so most figured that the new take would be a spin-off from the long-winded, yet popular series based on the younger years of Superman. Thankfully, they took a new approach and completely reinvented the character and in doing so, they created the most watched series on the network in the 2012-2013 season.

Coming up in season two, we know that  a new character will be introduced in Barry Allen, who most fans know as The Flash. The character, played by Glee’s Grant Gustin, will receive his powers when he is struck by lightening. We can expect to see the former police forensic scientist-turned-superhero in three episodes, which could potentially, and quite likely will, lead to a spin-off series of his own.

But these superpowers aren’t the only new thing we can expect. So far, show executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Greg Berlanti have had a certain vision for the series, but that looks to be changing.

“We always pitched this show more like Jason Bourne than a comic book,” says Greg Berlanti, a writer, executive producer and co-creator of “Arrow.” “But we’re changing some of it up this season.”

Those changes include a shift in genre, from action-adventure series to superhero-driven drama.

Arrow “doesn’t want to be the vigilante anymore, he wants to be the hero,” says Marc Guggenheim, a writer, executive producer and co-creator of “Arrow.”

The addition of The Flash certainly confirms that fact. But why stop there? The CW looks to be adding a heavy hitter from the offices of DC Comics to their team in Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer. The reasoning behind this addition is to “continue broadening its programming beyond its core demographic of women 18 to 34 years old.” Traditionally, the CW has captured a mostly female audience, save for a few series like Smallville, Supernatural and now Arrow. With the turn towards the “super-hero driven drama,” they are hoping to turn that image around. Something tells me that the addition of Johns is just the beginning. 

Also joining the ranks of comic characters are Bronze Tiger, played by genre favorite Michael Jai White, as well as Black Canary, played by Caity Lotz. Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Colton Haynes and Manu Bennett all reprise their roles when season 2 of Arrow  returns on October 9th.

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Source : Wall Street Journal