Actor Stephen Amell has revealed that the first season of the popular CW superhero television series, Arrow, which premiered back in 2012, was inspired by The Dark Knight.
While speaking at Heroes and Villains Fan Fest London earlier this summer, the Arrow actor talked about how the character was originally heavily inspired by Nolan’s second Batman outing, The Dark Knight, reported Comicbook.com.
“When the show started the inspiration for the first season was absolutely, positively The Dark Knight,” Amell revealed. “When I was sitting in [Arrow pilot director] David Nutter’s office, it was just photos of The Dark Knight. That was the inspiration for the first season.”
The revelation doesn’t come as a big surprise considering the fact that Nolan’s second Batman outing was widely considered one of the best superhero movies ever made. It was even nominated for eight Oscars, out of which it won two awards.
Notably, the tone of Arrow’s first few seasons was so gritty and dark that the series has been jokingly referred to as “Green Batman.”
“I think that we’re going to lean more into the comic, and canon, version of the Green Arrow this year,” Amell said about Arrow season 7. “The show is the show, and I am me. I feel like I’m in the greatest show right now.”
It is reported that the upcoming season 7 will be heading back to a grittier version of the show, similar in tone to its first season.
During a previous interview with EW, when executive producer Beth Schwartz was asked to describe Arrow season 7 in a single word, he just said “dark.”
“It’s tonally similar to season one,” Schwartz elaborated. “We’re going back to our roots. And there’s a lot of demons that are going to come out.”
The upcoming season stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Echo Kellum as Mr. Terrific, Rick Gonzalez as Wild Dog, Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary and Katie Cassidy as Black Siren.
Arrow season 7 episode 1, titled “Inmate 4587,” will premiere on Monday, Oct. 15th, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
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