I know I should have stopped watching Arrow by now after the past few seasons but to be honest I actually quite enjoyed this week’s season opener; it had plenty of action and a brisk pace with Felicity not being as horrendously annoying as she usually is.
One thing I’ve noticed with the past 3 seasons of the show is that the writers are clearly fans of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy.
The plot of Season 3 had Ra’s Al Gul and the League of Assassins/Shadows as the main villains and it felt like it so wanted to be Batman Begins.
Then in Season 4 the final episode was practically the climactic battle from The Dark Knight Rises with The Green Arrow having an epic fist fight with Damien Darhk while the public join in on a massive street battle with Darhk’s thugs. Maybe they should have called the season The Darhk Knight Rises; see what I did there?
I figured that would be where the comparisons end but then in the season opener this week the show now even lifts dialogue as well as scenes. Star City now has other wannabe vigilantes who want to help The Green Arrow clean up their city.
After Oliver’s friends/teammates bugger off at the end of last season he is essentially left to fight crime on his own (which works for me I might add as I hate his team) and so far there is a new character called Wild Dog who The Green Arrow incapacitates after he attempts to help him disarm a bomb. Wild Dog then basically says “what’s the difference between me and you; this is my city too!”
I was waiting for The Green Arrow to say “I’m not wearing hockey pads!” as it all felt very familiar.
This show didn’t just steal from Batman though as it totally lifted the “Touch me again, I’ll kill ya” scene from The Last Boy Scout when Oliver is kidnapped by the new villain.
So come on, Arrow try to create your own stories without lifting from Batman; there’s nothing wrong with trying to innovate.