'Arrow' Producers Talk Amell, Justin Hartley, Batman, Killing & How The Show Ends
Reported by Outsiders - 01:49 PM 2012.07.30
At the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour, executive producer Marc Guggenheim answered the question of why did the producers selected Stephen Amell instead of Smallville‘s Green Arrow played by Justin Hartley?
"We certainly wanted to chart our own course and destiny." "Michael Keaton [as Batman] doesn’t affect your love for Christian Bale and Christian Bale doesn’t affect your love for Adam West … multiple iterations are possible."
Comparison to Batman and the two comic book character is that Green Arrow deliberately kills bad guys. "We’re exploring the nature of vigilantism … and well get into those [moral] issues," Guggenheim said. "The Arrow always gives the bad guy the opportunity to do the right thing … when he kills, he kills for necessity … it’s not just random violence … we’ll face the issues of his morality head on…that’s part of the fun quite, frankly, when telling a story about a vigilante."
Surprisingly, the producers also hinted as how the series will end as the pilot features flashbacks to Queen being stranded on an island. Those flashbacks will continue in every episode for the entire series.
"The last episode of the series will be [Arrow] seeing the [rescue] boat in the pilot," said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. "Every week is telling the origin story."