This month marks the 10th anniversary of the series premiere of The CW’s Arrow, which ushered in a new age of superhero television based on famous (and some not-so-famous) DC Comics characters. The show starred Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, aka the Green Arrow, along with Katie Cassidy, Emily Bett Rickards, Colton Haynes, Willa Holland, Paul Blackthorne, and David Ramsey. The series was praised for it’s gritty take on the classic archer, along with it’s talented cast and breakneck action sequences. The show was such a success, that it spawned it’s own “Arrowverse,” a fictional universe that was inhabited by various heroes, such as Supergirl and The Flash, who would occasionally team-up to save the day.
At last month’s DragonCon in Atlanta, veteran cast members Haynes and Ramsey discussed the show’s legacy, the Arrowverse’s diversity, and storylines that fell by the waist-side.
Both actors discussed the rigorous training that goes on, both physically and mentally, to put work into the shows. In addition to heavy workout sessions, especially in the earlier seasons, Ramsey talked about the Warner Bros. workshop he had to go through in order to start directing episodes of the Arrowverse. He also stated that he was never approached about appearing in the HBO Max Green Lantern series that was in production, though with the merger happening between HBO and Discovery+, the fate of that series is still up in the air.
Haynes and Ramsey credited Arrowverse mogul Greg Berlanti with creating such a diverse universe, wanting the shows to represent as many different types of people that would be found in the real world as they could. Though the series had some ups and downs, most people, including the two actors, would agree that the show was at its peak when it featured the triumvirate of Oliver, Felicity, and Diggle.
However, Haynes was emphatically against one proposed storyline that suggested a love triangle be created between his character Roy Harper, Felicity, and Oliver. This was due to the fact of how Haynes and Rickards had become fast friends in real life. When asked about alternate storylines they wish they could’ve seen for their characters, Ramsey stated that he always wanted Diggle to somehow stop Barry Allen (aka The Flash) from flashpointing away his daughter, Sarah.
Arrow was about as successful as a show as one could hope, not only becoming a hit on it’s own, but becoming the bedrock that other popular shows find themselves built upon.