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Is it the right time to trot out a liberal superhero suffering from PTSD who’s hellbent on justice and revenge? The CW believes it is with the introduction of Arrow, based on the characters from the hugely popular DC Comics series Green Arrow, which will run Wednesdays at 8 PM beginning October 10. The new series’ TCA panel this morning featured producers Greg Bertlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg along with stars Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy. The hour figures to give conservatives plenty of ammunition during this election season as it promotes a vigilante protagonist who likes to use weapons to “right the wrongs of his family and fight the ills of society” while embodying something of a populist agenda. Kreisberg admitted his lead character’s liberalism (culled from that of the comic version of Green Arrow) is embedded in the DNA of the show. “People that Oliver (Amell) is targeting are the wealthy and the corrupt,” he said. “There are some echoes of the one-percenters and Occupy Wall Street within the show. He’ll have that sort of man-of-the-people, stick-up-for-the-little-guy aspect.” The pilot is a mixture of great athleticism and seeming random violence driven by the lead character. But Guggenheim defended Arrow‘s mayhem as having a purpose behind it — a sensitive subject in the wake of the recent Aurora, Colo, movie shooting. “I think it’s incredibly important to be responsible, first and foremost,” he believes, “because obviously the violence in our culture is seeping into the real world in incredibly tragic ways. When Aurora happened it came up in the writers room of course, because we’re all human beings and it was a terrible tragedy. I think we all need to be responsible and portray violence in a responsible way.” Is it possible to be responsible when your hero likes to hunt people down in a vigilante fashion? Guggenheim thinks so, making the point that Arrow “has the opportunity to explore the consequences of violence that maybe other shows cannot — because we’ll be looking at all facets of vigilantism and taking the law into your own hands.” (Photo: Get
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