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With the CW a month away from launching its take on DC Comics’ Green Arrow, the network seems eager to have its Stephen Amell starrer Arrow potentially joined by another member of the Justice League: Wonder Woman.
The network is eyeing an origin story for the famed female superhero, exploring Wonder Woman’s alter ego Diana of Themyscira in Amazon, which is in the early stages of development under comics scribe Allan Heinberg. (Coincidentally, he co-penned a five-issue JLA arc with DC’s Geoff Johns.)
So is there room enough at the network — should Amazon move to pilot and eventually gain a series order — for both superheroes on the CW’s schedule?
“Absolutely! If there’s room for a thousand reality shows, hopefully there’s room for a thousand shows like this,” Arrow executive producer Greg Berlanti told The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday at the Paley Center’s Fall Previews. “My hope is we’re successful enough that we’re all on the air together, that’d be great.”
The CW’s Arrow stars Amell (Private Practice) as Oliver Queen/Arrow, a hooded vigilante who returns home to Starling City five years after being presumed dead from a boating crash to carry out revenge upon the people who have transformed his hometown from the sprawling city it once was. The series is an adaptation of the long-running DC comic book character that first appeared in 1941.
Berlanti and writing partner Marc Guggenheim, whose superhero credits also include ABC’s short-lived No Ordinary Family and the Ryan Reynolds feature Green Lantern, say a potential one-two punch of Arrow — should both it and Amazon land a spot on the network next year — would recall another period on the small screen.
“It harkens back to the years of my childhood where you had The Six Million Dollar Man and Wonder Woman and all these superhero-like genre shows all on the dial and all you had to do was change the channel,” Arrow EP Guggenheim tells THR. “I think there’s totally room for both shows. It would be fun to share a night with them; the CW programs two hours a night and that’d be a pretty kick-ass night of television.”
With the warrior princess falling into the superhero with power category — her abilities include flight, superhuman strength and agility — that may, however, eliminate the character as comic fans currently know her from appearing on Arrow.
“Our show definitely takes place in a much more realistic world,” EP Andrew Kreisberg tells THR. “There’s no superpowers, superheroes and aliens. With Wonder Woman, Diana of Themyscira, there are superpowers. I don’t foresee crossovers but one of the great things about superheroes is that they’re constantly being reimagined. There’s the Adam West and Christopher Nolan versions of Batman and one doesn’t obviate the other. The Lynda Carter version was great and now the CW is hopefully developing another wonderful version that will be a nice compliment to Arrow.”
Arrow, unlike the CW’s previous Superman adaptation Smallville, hasn’t wasted any time in introducing characters from the DC Comics arsenal. At Comic-Con, producers wowed fans with the introduction of X2‘s Kelly Hu as villainess China White (who shows up in the second episode) as well as Aussie actress Jessica De Gouw as the Huntress, a potential love interest to Amell’s Oliver/Arrow.
Amell, meanwhile, is totally down to have fellow Justice League member Wonder Woman not just on the same network but eventually enter his world of Starling City — on one condition. “As long as she doesn’t have superpowers, then we’re good!”
Arrow premieres Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. on the CW.
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