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1st look at Stephen Amell as new Green Arrow

Warner Bros. has released the first image of Stephen Amell as Green Arrow for the CW pilot, "Arrow."

It's clear from the moody image that we shouldn't expect the same kind of Green Arrow we knew from the "Smallville" series. (Justin Hartley played Arrow and his alter-ego, Oliver Queen, in the former CW show.) The photo hints at a darker, more conflicted hero, which is exactly what "Arrow" pilot director/executive producer David Nutter said in the release.

"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. 'Arrow' is a different show--darker and harder-edged--but it's the same core idea. We're creating a real, believable world in which Oliver Queen can do incredible things," Nutter said. "Colleen Atwood's great work on the Arrow costume reflects that effort."

Atwood, a three-time Oscar-winning costume designer, created Arrow's suit.

The release also gives some background about where this "Arrow" will begin: "After being marooned for five years on a remote island, former billionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime."

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