No one takes Arrow less seriously than its star.
I <3 Stephen Amell.
I want to talk for a moment about why I love Arrow. Please understand I am only six episodes into season 2, so the think I love might bite me in the ass, but if so, no spoilers please: let me be disappointed Nolan style by thinking I am getting one thing and actually not getting the right thing at all.
Spoilers if you’ve not finished S1.
S1 starts off, as I hear a lot of people complain, with Ollie as basically Nolan’s Batman-Lite, and a little meaner as in the methods of modern comics, he killed. Pretty freely. But I noticed as I watched, there was a contingent of characters who were genuinely concerned about his body count. There were even specific counts and reminders made as Ollie set out to save his city by putting an Arrow in all those bad guys.
Here’s the thing (and the spoilers): at the end of season 1, he fails. His methods don’t work and The Glades are leveled, and his best friend is killed. There are consequences to all of it, and Ollie suffers them, and realizes he has to change his mission both in execution (pardon the pun) and objective. Starling doesn’t need a vigilante killer, it needs a hero.
Ollie realizes what Nolan misses. Heroes DO need to be a cut above. It makes me wonder if the writers on this series are saying this intentionally, poking at the new DC trope the way old timers like me do.
"Arrow" in its first season turns out to be a refutation of the modernization of superhero ethics.
I love that as much as I love Diggle and Felicity talking shit to Ollie.
(Source: queen-smoak, via thebobbycrogan)