Arrow turns 10: the facts few fans knew

It may not look like it, but arrow debuted 10 years ago. It was on October 10, 2012, that what, at that time, they didn’t even know was the kick-off of an entire universe that DC Comics built on TV.

Having been on the air for eight seasons, arrow spawned several spin-offs, with some still in the air – such as The Flash and Superman & Lois. In addition, it created a huge fan base, who followed the adventures of Oliver Queen, as well as becoming huge fans of the work of series star Stephen Amell.

In these 10 years of arrowO Series Mix brings some curiosities that many fans may not know. Congratulations, arrow!

arrow Inspired by The Dark Knight Trilogy


In the mid-2000s, Green Arrow almost became the protagonist of a feature film, which never got off the ground. So, thanks to the Smallville series, he was destined to be a supporting character in Clark Kent’s universe. But it wasn’t until producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg watched Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy that they were inspired to create their own version of Green Arrow along these lines.

Therefore, it is possible to draw many parallels between arrow and Batman Begins, for example, especially in the early seasons.

Originally, no one was supposed to have super powers

Arrow 10 years

arrow was originally intended to be completely free of the super powers, magic, and mysticism that eventually became a regular part of the series. Prior to the series’ premiere, the words “fundamental” and “realistic” were thrown around by the cast and crew during interviews.

“We tried to make it as real as possible. The character has no superpowers. No one on the show has superpowers.”Amell told IGN ahead of the show’s first season.

Liam Neeson wanted to reprise his role as Ra’s al Ghul

Arrow 10 years

Before it was decided that Matt Nable would play the villainous Ra’s al Ghul during the third season of arrow there was a chance Liam Neeson could reprise the role he originally played in 2005’s Batman Begins.

When the news spread that arrow would feature the infamous Batman villain, a reporter from MTV asked Neeson if he would return. To the reporter’s surprise, Neeson said he would reprise the role “in a heartbeat.”

After word of Neeson’s interest reached CW president Mark Pedowitz, Pedowitz reached out to Neeson with an offer. However, Neeson couldn’t get his schedule right and the participation never happened.

Felicity Smoak was only supposed to appear in one episode

Arrow 10 years

Emily Bett Rickards’ role as Felicity Smoak on the series was not intended to be anything more than a single episode. Rickards told Comic Book Resources that the character was originally written to be a “‘possibly recurring’ role”, which she admits rarely, if ever, actually happens.

But her performance impressed everyone so much that she became one of the main cast members, which led to the character being reintroduced to comics in recent years. She also made over half a dozen appearances on The Flash between 2014 and 2017.

Security was visible

Arrow 10 years

Most series and movies of this genre are full of stunts and arrow is certainly not an exception. And while the series is full of explosions, zip lines and broken windows, the footage isn’t always perfect.

This series, like most, had a strong emphasis on safety for the actors. Safety nets and ropes accompanied each stunt and each exploding window: one of these safety ropes is visible on the pilot when Oliver flies through a window. In another episode, when Arrow and Arsenal dive to the ground to avoid an explosion, they land on a safety mat that becomes momentarily visible.

Oliver made an impossible leap

Arrow 10 years

One of the best parts of arrow are the flashbacks. In a flashback at the beginning of Season 4, Argus sends Oliver back to Lian Yu, the fateful island that plays such a significant role in Oliver’s life. This time, however, he makes it to the island by jumping out of a plane rather than crashing on the beach.

The kind of military jump he did would put him about 20,000 feet in the air. In real life, the jump would have killed him without an oxygen tank. We know Oliver is tough, but this one is a little over the top.

Star City Police Headquarters

Arrow 10 years

As with all crime dramas, the police station plays a relatively significant role in arrow. In previous seasons, it served as the place where Oliver was almost arrested. In later seasons, it served as the home of the new Black Canary.

To get these really cool shots from the building’s exterior, the production team filmed it at the Los Angeles Public Library. If the building looked a little familiar, that’s why.

Harley Quinn

As the series progressed, so did the prevalence of ARGUS, the strange and powerful organization that was responsible for many questionable acts.

in the episode ‘Suicide squad‘, Harley Quinn was featured in a brief cameo, played by Cassidy Alexa. But her only line was actually provided by Tara Strong, who voiced Quinn in the Batman: Arkham Knight and Arkham City games.

Episode title

All series like to include a good amount of references throughout their episodes. AND arrow really includes easter eggs in their episode titles.

This doesn’t apply all the time, but pretty much all episode titles on arrow appear in each episode as spoken dialogue, making the titles that much more important.

The series features some Bruce Springsteen references

Speaking of titles, over the first three seasons of arrowthe title of the penultimate episode of each season was the name of a Bruce Springsteen song.

For Season 1, there’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town” followed by “Streets of Fire” in Season 2 and “This Is Your Sword” in Season 3. It’s still unclear what the connection between the songs and the episodes is, but someone on the arrow must have been a big fan of The Boss.

Oliver unlearned how to be a hacker?

During his years of bloody service with ARGUS, Oliver proved that he did indeed have a rudimentary level of skill in the realm of technology and computer hacking. At the beginning of his crusade, he had several computers installed and was able to use them most efficiently.

But by the time Felicity entered the series, Oliver seemed to lose all hacking skills and computer knowledge. This was probably done to make Felicity seem even more important, but it’s still kind of an oversight.

The Queen’s mansion is famous

One of the most fascinating behind-the-scenes facts of arrow revolves around the Queen Mansion. Featured most prominently in the first 2 seasons, the Queen Mansion is a massive castle-like structure, complete with expansive lawns, grand staircases, and heavy cobblestone battlements.

Exterior scenes of the mansion were filmed at Hatley Castle, which has been used in several other comic book franchises. It was featured as Lex Luthor’s mansion in the Smallville series and most notably in the original 3 X-Men movies, as well as in Deadpoolsuch as Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.

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