'Arrow' first look: Stephen Amell takes aim as the DC Comics character

arrow-stephen-amell-cw.jpgOliver Queen/Green Arrow was a prominent part of the last few seasons of "Smallville," which may have helped pave the way for a series with the character in the lead. But "Arrow" is a full reboot, not a "Smallville" spinoff.

The CW's new show, which will air on Wednesday nights in the fall, stars Stephen Amell ("Private Practice," "Hung") as Oliver Queen, the scion of a billionaire family who was presumed dead in a shipwreck. He's found five years later but returns to his Starling City home a changed man and adopts an alter ego, Arrow, to help the downtrodden and try to right the wrongs his family has done in the past.

And, since he's a billionaire and doesn't have any superpowers of his own, we're guessing that Oliver will have the means to make or acquire some pretty good gadgetry.

"Arrow" also stars Katie Cassidy ("Gossip Girl," "Melrose Place") as Oliver's former girlfriend, Laurel Lance (who has some secrets of her own), Colin Donnell ("Pan Am") as Oliver's brother Tommy, Willa Holland ("The O.C.") as his sister Thea and David Ramsey ("Blue Bloods") as Oliver's bodyguard John Diggle. Susanna Thompson ("Kings," "Once and Again") plays Oliver's mother, Moira, who may know more about her son's shipwreck than she lets on, and Paul Blackthorne ("24," "The River") is Laurel's father, a detective who wants to bring Arrow and his vigilante ways down.

Greg Berlanti ("Green Lantern," "Brothers & Sisters"), Andrew Kreisberg ("Warehouse 13," "Eli Stone") and Marc Guggenheim ("FlashForward," "Eli Stone") are executive producing "Arrow" along with pilot director David Nutter ("Smallville," "Game of Thrones"). 
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