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‘Arrow’ Producers Are New Writers On ‘Green Arrow,’ So Get Ready For Ollie To Be A Jerk

DC Comics announced Thursday that Green Arrow will have a new creative team starting with October’s issue #35, and TV fans who like to scroll through the credits might recognize the writers’ names. Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski, producers on The CW’s hit series Arrowwill take over writing duties while Daniel Sampere (Batgirl) will handle art.

The current Green Arrow team of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino will finish up their run in September’s Green Arrow: Futures End #1, according to the DC Comics blog.

In an interview with the LA Times’ Hero Complex, Sokolowski said, ““We really want to bring the old-school Oliver Queen voice back to the character. In other words, the opinionated, liberal Robin Hood-esque hero that has fallen through the cracks a bit, both in the comics and TV models.”

He’s right. That’s definitely a difference from the TV show’s version of Oliver, whose main character trait is that he’s a total jerk to everyone around him, including his friends. Especially his friends. He shot Roy Harper in the leg for no good reason, for example. There was a bit of the Robin Hood-style Green Arrow in the early episodes of the series, but the evil-rich-guy-of-the-week structure quickly fell away from the show.

Sokolowski said the idea isn’t to make the Green Arrow series into Arrow: The Comic. There’s already digital-first tie-in series, on which both Sokolowski and Kreisberg have worked. Even so, he did say characters from the TV show are likely to make their way into the book.

Kreisberg has been one of the executive producers of Arrow since the show started; Sokolowski has written eight episodes, starting with the fifth episode of the first season. (To his credit, he didn’t write any of the awful episode featuring The Huntress.)

Here’s DC’s pitch for the series with the new team:

Oliver Queen is trying to put his life together after the grueling events of “Broken,” and finds himself back in Seattle on a mission from a mystery woman. Who is she – and what’s next for Green Arrow?

Sounds a lot like that mystery woman could be someone from the TV series. Thea Queen, maybe?

But here’s the big question: I wonder if they’ll change the name of Seattle, the New 52 version of Green Arrow’s base of operations after previously living in Star City, to “Seattling” in honor of the TV show’s Starling City. Boy, I hope so.

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