The impending pilot is titled Arrow, and based on DC Comics' emerald archer who dresses like Robin Hood and utilizes trick arrows with various special functions to deal out vigilante justice that conforms with his left-wing, ultra-democratic principles. Green Lantern movie screenwriters Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim are on board as executive producers/writers for the planned series. Berlanti and his production company are also behind two of the aforementioned DC TV properties currently being developed. In 2006, Justin Hartley began portraying the character on Smallville and eventually starred in over 70 episodes.
31 year old Canadian actor Stephen Amell has landed the title role in the pilot. His most current work was on the HBO series Hung opposite Thomas Jane. Previously he played recurring characters in The Vampire Diaries and 90210. His role in the show is described as a '27 year old reformed bad boy, who after having spent five years shipwrecked on a brutally dangerous island in the South China Sea returns to town a tortured, thoughtful master of the bow with a ferocious determination to make a difference.'
CW network's development head Thom Sherman recently offered some insight into the show, whose main character will "feel more akin to Jason Bourne-type than a superhero":
“It’s a very provocative and sophisticated and edgy. It’s not as comic book-y as Smallville or other [superhero projects] from other networks. He doesn’t have any superpowers, he’s a very grounded character like a Jason Bourne — we use the term ‘mambo. His skill-set is that he’s an archer, but he also have physical strength and prowess. He’s clever and able to devise ways of taking down a bad guy that are unique and fun to watch.”Source: The Daily Blam