The CW is looking to find its next Smallville. Variety reports the network is close to ordering a pilot for DC Comics’ Green Arrow.
Green Arrow, sort of a modern day Robin Hood, was created in 1941. The series follows Oliver Queen, a billionaire tycoon who just happens to spend his free time as an arrow-shooting, ass-kicking superhero protecting Star City.
The adaptation is being written by Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters, No Ordinary Family) and partner Marc Guggenheim (Eli Stone, No Ordinary Family) and Andrew Kreisberg (The Vampire Diaries, Fringe). Berlanti and Guggenheim are no stranger to adaptations as the duo co-wrote the 2011 film Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds. Kreisberg previously wrote for the Green Arrow and Black Canary comic series. Warner Bros. Television is attached to produce the series along with Berlanti Productions.
Green Arrow made his CW debut during season six of Smallville. Former soap star Justin Hartley was cast as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow the CW passed on the pilot for Aquaman. After an initial seven episode run during the 2006-2007 season, Hartley was added as a series regular from 2008 until the series finale.
Unfortunately Hartley is not expected to be involved with this project.