Green Arrow in other media

Adaptations of Green Arrow in other media
Created by Mort Weisinger
George Papp
Original source Comics published by DC Comics
First appearance More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941)
Films and television
Justice League Unlimited (2004)
Smallville (2001)
Arrow (2012)

Green Arrow, a DC Comics superhero, has appeared in media other than comic books since 1973, including animated shows, live-action productions, and video games.


Super Friends

The first television appearance of Green Arrow was a single guest spot in an episode of the original incarnation of Super Friends. He appeared in the 1973 episode "Gulliver's Gigantic Goof" and was voiced by Norman Alden. He was referred to as a "Staunch member of the Justice League of America."

Justice League Unlimited

Green Arrow makes numerous appearances in the animated television series Justice League Unlimited and was the first new hero seen to be introduced in the revamped series in the episode "Initiation". In this version, Green Arrow is reluctant to join the League as he believes that being associated with a group that tends to focus on extra-normal threats will distract him from his primary goal: protecting "the little guy." However, his strong leftist political convictions ("I'm an old lefty" from the episode "Flashpoint") and his sometimes irreverent advocacy of them are key reasons the Justice League insists on recruiting him as a prominent voice of the team. This proves instrumental during the Project Cadmus incident where his counsel is critical in preventing the Justice League dangerously overreacting to their enemies which could have corrupted the team into an equivalent of the totalitarian Justice Lords.

In this animated version Green Arrow is still a billionaire, having sold his company to devote time to his volunteer and activist activities exclusively, and develops a romantic relationship with Black Canary over the course of the series. Speedy makes one appearance during the show in the episode "Patriot Act". While Green Arrow refers to Speedy as his "ex-sidekick," Speedy prefers the term "ex-partner." Arrow was voiced by Kin Shriner. According to the TV Guide for the week of July 25–31, Shriner showed up at the recording studio dressed as Green Arrow.

The Batman

Green Arrow first appeareared in the season five episode "Vertigo". This version of Green Arrow is motivated largely by a desire for revenge against Count Vertigo, a former employee who used technology stolen from Queen's company to strand him on a desert island. He is also prominent in the series finale, "Lost Heroes", revealing his frustrations at being ignored in favor of the super-powered members of the League. He was voiced by Chris Hardwick. The Green Arrow's appearance is reminiscent of his 1970s comic counterpart.

Justice League: New Frontier

Green Arrow also appears in Justice League: New Frontier, resembling his Golden Age version.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Green Arrow appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, often portrayed as Batman's friendly rival. His design once again resembles his Golden and Silver Age interpretation. James Arnold Taylor voices him. In the first episode, "The Rise of the Blue Beetle!", Green Arrow and Batman are trapped by Clock King, but they escape and defeat the villain. He and Batman are called upon by Merlin in "Day of the Dark Knight!" to stop Morgaine le Fey and Etrigan the Demon, restore Camelot (which was turned to stone by Morgaine), and bring King Arthur back to the throne. They succeed, with Green Arrow freeing Batman from Morgaine's mind control, and are nearly knighted before they start arguing from rivalry, resulting in Merlin sending them back to their own time.

He appears once again in "Dawn of the Deadman!" along with Speedy to help a spectral Batman by digging up his coffin, which in turn contained his body. He appears in the season finale "Game Over for Owlman!", hunting Batman who he claims captured him. Green Arrow has an Injustice Syndicate counterpart called Blue Bowman, also voiced by James Arnold Taylor. In the second season, he appears stopping a robbery committed by Copperhead, but is confronted by an imp similar to Bat-Mite. who claims to be his "Biggest fan". He assists Batman in car chase against The Joker in the teaser for "Hail the Tornado Tyrant!", only to continue the chase on air when Catwoman robs a museum. In the follow-up to this teaser in "Inside the Outsiders!", they are captured by Catwoman's henchmen, but the duo escape while bickering. Arrow is disgusted by Batman's flirting with the villain, and blames him for her escape.

In "Mayhem of The Music Meister!", Green Arrow tries to catch Black Canary's eye, but fails due to her attraction to Batman. He is not heard singing though the episode, having one spoken solo during "Drives us Bats". At the episode's end however, he manages to gain her attention through song. He participates in a super-powered roadrace in "Death Race to Oblivion!", and joins forces with Batman and Aquaman to battle Ra's al Ghul in "Sidekicks Assemble!" In "The Super-Batman of Planet X!" he teams up with Batman to stop some space pirates. While Batman protected his partner, the ray and shield's energy creates a wormhole and pulls him in, leaving Arrow to handle the pirates alone. In "Night of the Batmen!" he dresses up as Batman and not only fights Deadshot but fights Cavalier, Babyface, Killer Moth, Fun Haus, and Sportsmaster in the process, single handedly defeats them. Additionally, Green Arrow appears in a non-speaking cameo in the two part episode "The Siege of Starro!", among the heroes possessed by Starro and later, as one of the heroes who have already broken free of Starro's mind control. Finally, in the episode "The Knights of Tomorrow!", which shows the future of the Wayne family as imagined by Alfred Pennyworth, Oliver appears as a guest in Bruce Wayne's marriage to Selina Kyle, with his design resembling his modern appearance. Later in the episode, an aged Oliver appears in the funeral of Bruce and his wife Selina, accompanied by his daughter, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Dinah Lance, and is presumably Olivia Queen from the Kingdom Come storyline.

Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths

An alternate universe version of Green Arrow named "Scarlet Archer" appears in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths voiced by Jim Meskimen.

DC Showcase

DC Showcase: Green Arrow (an animated short directed by Joaquim Dos Santos) was included on the DVD for the direct-to-video animated film Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. Actor Neal McDonough voices Green Arrow.[1]

Young Justice

Green Arrow appears as a member of the JLA in the animated series Young Justice. He is voiced by Alan Tudyk.[2] In the pilot episode "Independence Day", Green Arrow and Speedy are shown battling Icicle Jr. en route to a meeting at the Hall of Justice, where an induction ceremony for the sidekicks of Batman, Aquaman, Flash and Green Arrow is set to take place. After learning that he will not be allowed to become an official member of the JLA (as he had mistakenly believed), Speedy angrily denounces Green Arrow and storms out of the building, thus missing out on Batman's formation of Young Justice (a covert ops team of young heroes). Green Arrow later reappears in "Infiltrator", where he has taken on a new sidekick in the form of Artemis, who claims to be his niece. In the end of the episode, Roy (now going by the name of Red Arrow) confronts Artemis and informs her that he knows that Green Arrow does not have a niece, and that Green Arrow and Batman apparently have some ulterior motive for allowing her to join the team.

He has a fleeting mention in the episode "Homefront" where Red Tornado tells Aqualad that he agreed to cover monitor duty on the Watchtower for Green Arrow as he had "a hot date" with Black Canary. Green Arrow has small appearances in the next two episodes.

His next speaking role is in the episode "Agendas" where he nominates Red Arrow for JLA membership, and returns in the following episode, "Insecurity" where he is shown training Artemis and later informs to Red Arrow that he will be inducted into the JLA by year's end. When the villainous Light takes control of the Justice League, he, Flash and Aquaman hunt down Red Arrow, and later on attempt to kill their respective apprentices while aboard the Watchtower. They are all knocked out when Aqualad opens a cargo hatch and Kid Flash applies vaccine chips to all three. His last appearance in season 1 shows him and Black Canary heading out with Red Arrow (who has just discovered that he is a clone of the original Speedy).

Green Arrow officially returns in the season 2 episode "Salvage" set five years later, where he, Nightwing, the retired Wally West, Jim Harper and Black Canary confront Red Arrow over his self-destructive obsession with finding the original (and presumably dead) Speedy. When Red Arrow finds Speedy and returns to the USA Oliver keeps a vigil by his bedside in the hospital. In the episode "Satisfaction", Green Arrow and Red Arrow inform Speedy about the recent event and while he feels no grudge against his clone for replacing him he shows anger against Green Arrow for having given up in finding him. Roy then seeks vengeance against Lex Luthor who is apparently the responsible for everything has happened to him. Green Arrow and Red Arrow arrive too late to avert the battle, and are informed by a satisfied Roy that he wants to go by the name Arsenal from now on.


Green Arrow appears in Mad where he tries to appeal to Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman about being called "Super Friends."

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (film)

Oliver Queen appears in the second part of the animated adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns, voiced by Robin Atkin Downes.

Live action


Green Arrow made his first direct appearance as a young Oliver Queen near the end of the episode "Sneeze" of the sixth season of the Superman series Smallville. Played by Justin Hartley, Lois Lane was his love interest during his appearances in season six. In Smallville, Oliver is more of an anti-hero, committing criminal acts in order to reach his goals (most notably blowing up Lex Luthor's medical transport) under the belief that the ends justify the means. Due to the Batman embargo that Warner Bros. laid down to protect Christopher Nolan's Batman movie franchise, Smallville's Green Arrow seems to be a combination of Oliver Queen and Bruce Wayne.

As in the comics, he is known as "Ollie" to his friends. After a rough start, he becomes a trusted ally and friend of Clark Kent. Green Arrow retains his many unique arrows and demonstrates expert archery skill, along with skilled use of a crossbow. In Smallville, Oliver was given a new modern costume that had equipment designed by his company. Green Arrow also makes extensive use of an adapted PSE (Precision Shooting Equipment) compound bow, shot using fingers, rather than an archery tab or release aid, although his gauntlets serve as both a shooting glove and an armguard.

He returned in season seven for the episode "Siren", in which he continues his fight against LuthorCorp and meets another superhero, Black Canary, whom he recruits for his Justice League. In a flashback sequence in the season seven episode "Veritas", a young version of Oliver Queen can be seen being played by Luke Gair.

He returned as a regular in season eight, where flashback sequences to his desert island origin story were shown and he discovered that it was Lionel Luthor who murdered his parents. Since learning this he abandoned his heroic persona and began drinking and partying heavily. It is only when helping Clark keep his identity secret in "Identity" that Oliver rethinks his role as Green Arrow. His battle with Lex Luthor, that began during their childhood but was first seen in season six, concluded in "Requiem".

During the episode, Oliver completes a "merger" between Queen Industries and Luthorcorp. Oliver walked into the meeting of the Board of Directors of LuthorCorp, as they were about to have a Vote of No-Confidence in Tess Mercer. Oliver established himself as majority shareholder of LuthorCorp’s assets. While a Chairman was speaking, Oliver noticed a Newton's cradle mysteriously swinging, which suddenly stopped. With that, he told them to get down, as a large explosion happened. Oliver informed Clark and Lana about this, but Lana could see he was not telling the whole truth... which Chloe could see when Oliver asked for her help on information about Winslow Schott. Schott went to see Oliver to kill him with a toy bomb, but Oliver managed to get free and forced the Toyman to tell him where Lex is. Oliver took the toy bomb and used it to blow up Lex's mobile truck that he was in, killing him. Chloe discovered that Oliver was behind the bomb and when confronted Oliver said that there was no difference between what he did and what Chloe did to Sebastian Kane (A superhuman with the ability to absorb memory by touch who had deduced Superman's identity, Chloe- her intellect temporarily enhanced by Brainiac- deliberately touched Kane, the scale of her knowledge leaving him catatonic). Chloe reluctantly agreed to keep Oliver's involvement in the murder a secret, as they both want to keep Clark safe.

In "Doomsday", Oliver and the Justice League capture Davis Bloome in order to force Clark to kill him, but Chloe separates Davis from his Doomsday persona with black kryptonite, and Doomsday escapes, badly injuring all of them. Clark defeats Doomsday by burying him a mile underground. The group subsequently leaves Metropolis, feeling responsible for the death of Jimmy Olsen, who was killed when Doomsday escaped.

After the events of "Doomsday", Oliver's life begins to fall apart, leading to an argument with Clark in "Rabid". When Clark departs for the Watchtower, he leaves Lois in Oliver's care, leaving them in an elevator to protect them from the zombified citizens. Seeing his reflection, Oliver realizes just how far he has fallen, but gets distracted and lets Lois fall asleep. Awakening as a zombie, Lois attacks Oliver and escapes the elevator. When the infection is cured, Clark angrily confronts Oliver over his failure to protect Lois, and Oliver admits that Clark was right, and he now knows what he needs to do with his life. After Clark leaves, a despondent Oliver burns his Green Arrow costume, effectively giving up trying to be a superhero.

In the episode "Echo", Oliver has reached his lowest point, and Queen Industries is now on the verge of bankruptcy. Tess Mercer is able to get Oliver back to the corporate world and make a speech to raise the shareholders' morale. However, Winslow Schott again targets Oliver, seeking revenge as well as trying to get Oliver to admit his guilt in the murder of Lex Luthor. He forces him to stand on a landmine beneath the podium. However, after everyone left, a depressed Oliver stepped off the bomb, attempting suicide, only to discover that the bomb was a fake. After talking with Clark, Oliver sees the image of Lex Luthor when he looks in a mirror and is terrified of walking the same path as his enemy.

In "Roulette", Oliver is drinking and gambling heavily when a woman, Roulette, approaches him and offers him a drug. He takes it, passes out, and finds himself embroiled in a series of elaborate games. Eventually, Chloe tells Oliver that she and the Justice League set up the ruse to help convince him that he was still a hero. He agrees to become the Green Arrow again and vows to help Clark protect Metropolis. In the next episode, "Crossfire", he approaches a prostitute, Mia Dearden. Seeing much of himself in her, he offers to help train her to overcome her hatred and become a better person.

In the season 10 episode "Supergirl", after finding out Gordon Godfrey planned to tell the world who Green Arrow was, Oliver revealed to the press that he was Green Arrow, attempting to mitigate the public backlash against superheroes being created by the Darkness by serving as their public face. During the season, he is briefly corrupted by Darkseid, but resists his influence long enough for Clark to cure him just as he is about to use gold kryptonite on Clark to take away his powers. Later, he marries Chloe Sullivan and in the series finale, it is hinted that they had a child together a few years after the events of the series finale (titled "Finale"), which in the eighth issue of the show's comic book continuation Smallville Season Eleven written by executive story editor Bryan Q. Miller, confirms that the child is Oliver's son as Chloe announces her pregnancy to him.[3] There are references from other characters that Oliver occasionally flirted with Black Canary, but presumably their relationship never developed into romance.

Oliver's story continues in the show's comic book continuation, as he attempts to maintain his life as a superhero, husband, businessman, and father.


David S. Goyer and Justin Marks penned a script for a movie starring Green Arrow originally called Super Max. On June 5, 2008, the film was retitled Green Arrow: Escape from Super Max. The reported storyline is that the hero (framed for a crime he didn't commit) must escape a high security prison filled with A, B and C list villains and rogue superheroes.

MTV posted an interview with Marks on its site in 2008. Marks says:

It's a very, very awesome prison. I majored in architecture in college, and design is how I actually started in. For 'Super Max,' designing that prison, it had to be the kind of thing that was a character in and of itself...We're in a world where instead of just trying to contain a guy who's really big, you're trying to contain a guy who can — in the case of Icicle — who can freeze things. What kind of a cell would a guy like that need in order to have his powers neutralized? So to escape from Super Max they have got to go through the most elaborate heist we've ever seen, involving superpowers. Because the prison itself kind of has superpowers!

Marks added that Black Canary will not be making an appearance in the film, and that it will include cameos from the Riddler, Lex Luthor and the Joker.[4]


Main article: Arrow (TV series)

On January 18, 2012, The CW greenlit the pilot for a proposed Green Arrow series with Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg producing. The series, Arrow, offers a fresh take on the character. Smallville's Justin Hartley is not involved in the new project, as was previously speculated. Actor Stephen Amell portrays Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in the series.[5][6] It premiered in North America on The CW on October 10, 2012.[7] Arrow was picked up by The CW for a full season later that month.[8]

In this version of the character, Oliver was shipwrecked for five years on an island after a boating accident claimed the lives of his father and several friends. After his rescue, Oliver returned to clean up Starling City, keeping a promise made to his dying father. He uses a list of names of high-ranking citizens involved in criminal activities, given to him by his father, tracking them down and confronting them with the ways in which they have failed Starling City. Unlike most versions of the character, he is not an orphan; his mother is still alive, and she is gradually revealed to be involved in a conspiracy behind the boating accident that caused his father's demise. He also has a younger sister. This version of Oliver is willing to use lethal force, although he gives criminals a chance to "atone" for their actions and only kills when they have defied his attempt to give them a chance. Initially focused only on targeting the individuals on his father's list, the scope of his mission has broadened following his alliance with John Diggle, the bodyguard hired by his mother to monitor him, to track criminals such as the Royal Flush Gang and Count Vertigo (Here a drug dealer rather than the superhuman he is in the comics), Diggle encouraging Oliver to recognize the need to tackle other dangers in Starling City that may be beyond conventional law enforcement rather than focus on the list. The series alternates between his present activities as 'the Hood' in Starling City and flashbacks to his time on the island, exploring the origins of his skills and his survival under hostile conditions, including the revelation that Slade Wilson was involved in his training. After he fails to save Starling City from being decimated by an earthquake machine, he temporarily returns to his island for a period of self-imposed exile, but is convinced to return with the argument that the city still needs him, although he proclaims that he will no longer kill his enemies. In episode 3 Broken Dolls, Oliver was giving the name Arrow by Quentin Lance.

Amell has spoken to about playing his character in the Justice League film. [9]

Video games

Justice League Task Force

Justice League Task Force Sega Genesis/Super NES fighting game (this Green Arrow being Oliver Queen).

Justice League Heroes

Green Arrow is an unlockable character in the 2006 video game Justice League Heroes voice-played by Ralph Garman. He can be unlocked by paying 76 orange shields on the menu screen.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold - The Videogame

Green Arrow is featured in Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame, and is voiced by James Arnold Taylor.He is not playable but can be summoned to briefly assist the playable super heroes by firing a barrage of arrows at enemies, then Green Arrow disappears.

DC Universe Online

Green Arrow appears in DC Universe Online, voiced by David Jennison.

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Green Arrow appeared as a playable character in the fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, with Alan Tudyk reprising his role from Young Justice. As a promotional reward, players could obtain a skin of Green Arrow based on his appearance in Arrow. The skin also changes his voice to Stephen Amell, the actor who portrays him in the show.[10] In the story mode, he, along with other heroes from his dimension, is transported to a universe where Superman leads a Regime and has established a tyrannical rule over the world. His own counterpart had long since been killed by that world's Superman. Along with other heroes he helps to bring down Superman and establish proper government. In Green Arrow's ending, he travels to visit his Earth-One counterpart's memorial, who was killed in the early stages of Superman's Regime. Many people see his counterpart's memorial as a message to always stay vigilant against wrong no matter the odds. After discovering one person who isn't content to simply honor Green Arrow that way, he trains the young man to become Star City's newest hero - the Red Arrow.

Lego Batman 2 DC SuperHeroes

Green Arrow is unlocked for purchase after finding the first minikit in the level after Brawl at City Hall and can be played as in the Justice League training missions after completing story mode. He is only on the 3DS console.his Bio on the game is that Oliver Queen was a millionaire who was kidnapped while on a Caribbean trip with his dad by modern pirates. He survived, unlike his father and others who were on the ship, for five years on a desert island using a bow and arrow to hunt for food. After returning to Star City, Oliver learned that when he was gone, his father's companions started to ruin the city with help of dangerous criminals, like Oliver's archenemy, Merlyn. Afterward, Oliver trained harder and took the name of Green Arrow and started to fight crime using a bow and special arrows customized by himself, becoming the protector of Star City. Green Arrow's love interest is Black Canary, and the couple had a short-lived marriage.

He is also a member of the Justice League on occasion.

See also


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