The CW's 'Arrow' plays by new rules: No super powers, no punches pulled, and no Clark Kent cameos

When it was first announced last winter that The CW would pursue a Green Arrow-centric pilot, the immediate buzz from DC fans and television fans alike was about "Smallville." After all, the long-running series featured Oliver Queen's Green Arrow, played by Justin Hartley, as a central character. Fans wondered whether they'd see their familiar Oliver and Chloe back on screen, when in fact Hartley wasn't considered to reprise his role in the new series, as it takes place in a completely different universe from the "Smallville" world we knew before. Zap2it sat down with "Arrow" executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg recently to discuss the key differences between the shows -- and to get the inside scoop on the rules of their reimagined DC-based world. The new series stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen -- a very different, very damaged version of the billionaire playboy turned shadowy vigilante. Though we'd gotten comfortable with Hartley's...


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