It’s one of U.S. TV network The CW’s biggest success stories of the decade. But after eight seasons and a whopping 170 episodes, DC Comics superhero adventure Arrow will be taken off air. Here’s a look at the story behind the hit show and the reason it’s finishing before its many universe tie-ins.
In 2012 The CW network announced that it was developing a brand new show based on DC Comics character Green Arrow. But this was a superhero show with a difference. Indeed, following in the footsteps of Superman spin-off Smallville, Arrow would focus on Oliver Queen’s humanity rather than any superpowers.
Oliver Queen is, of course, the playboy rich beyond anyone’s wildest dreams who found himself deserted on a dangerous island for five years. On his return, he becomes a masked vigilante dedicated to cleaning up the streets of his hometown. But instead of using any high-tech weaponry, Oliver prefers to go old-school with a bow and arrow.