As someone who feels that the first act of Richard Donner's Superman movie is the greatest superhero movie ever, I wanted desperately to love Smallville. But the show's campier qualities and convoluted, meandering mythology managed to drive me away in the end. But in many ways, Green Arrow was the breakout character of later seasons and the one best positioned for a spinoff series. That's what The CW delivers -- in a way -- with Arrow, and the pilot episode suggests the show will be more well-rounded and engaging than Smallville tended to be. Read more...


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