Arrow: Behind The Scenes

Composer of Arrow, Blake Neely, swears CW’s new superhero show won’t be campy

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US network the CW is looking to fill the muscular gap left in its line-up after a decade of Smallville came to a close. Recruited to the cause is Green Arrow, DC Comics’ emerald archer that invents all kind of firing weapons including, funnily enough, a kryptonite arrow. He’s similar to Batman in that he uses his lethal skillset to wage a war on crime and in CW’s pilot, we’ll see him return from being marooned on a remote island for five years. Starring as Arrow and his alter-ego, reformed bad boy billionaire Oliver Queen, is Stephen Arnell (The Vampire Diaries).

It could easily slip into camp territory but composer Blake Neely explains he was given the freedom to go dark with the music. Watch this video to get a sample of what it might sound like….

Directing and exec producing the pilot of Arrow is David Nutter, who has previous experience bringing superheroes to the small screen. “When I directed the pilot for Smallville, I knew that making Clark Kent relatable would be the key to audiences believing in him as a hero,” he says. “We’re creating a real, believable world in which Oliver Queen can do incredible things. Colleen Atwood’s great work on the Arrow costume reflects that effort.”

Indeed, the Oscar-winning costume designer boasts a fantasy-centric CV of practically every Tim Burton project since Edward Scissorhands in 1990. By drafting Atwood in on the project, the CW has indicated its commitment in making a series to be taken seriously. Archers, despite seeming out-dated, are very much in vogue after Hawkeye and Katniss Everdeen’s displays of heroics in Avengers and The Hunger Games. Nutter adds that whilst Arrow is essentially “the same core idea” as Smallville, it will be “a different show, darker and harder-edged.”