ARROW on the CW has one major flaw. It’s now 2012 and forensic science has advanced somewhat since the invention of the character of Green Arrow in 1941. For one thing, DNA has been discovered. Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) had better stay out of Boston. Dr. Maura Isles would track him down in a week.
He leaves all sorts of evidence about, including big green arrows, some of which have computers in them.
The Green Arrow (shortened to Arrow for the short attention spans of the CW audience, no doubt) in the first episode kills his would-be kidnappers to protect his secret identity. Don’t pull the mask off the old Green Arrow, I guess. But one cannot do that anyway. The mask is painted on. Later in the show, he pulls off the equivalent of a Vulcan neck pinch with arrows, managing to render the guards of his intended target completely immobile and dead-looking, and later we are told they were hospitalized. What part of the human body can be impaled with an arrow and cause unconsciousness or paralysis, but not be fatal? This needs to be explained.
His acrobatics are very Batman-like, as are the gizmo arrows. There is no sign of Speedy (Green Arrow’s original sidekick) but perhaps Oliver Queen is really his own sidekick, Robin in a Hood.
ARROW, if its flaws are corrected (or overlooked), may pave the way for what might be a much better show. The CW is considering a Wonder Woman origin story, tentatively called AMAZON, which is in the early developmental stage under writer Allan Heinberg (who wrote MARVEL’s Young Avengers).