Arrow producer reveals why Green Arrow and The Canaries wasn’t picked up
Arrow producer Marc Guggenheim has shared some insight into why spin-off Green Arrow and The Canaries didn’t move forward at The CW.
The news that Green Arrow and The Canaries wasn’t ordered to series left fans of the Arrowverse heartbroken. Not only were they looking forward to catching up with some of their favorite Arrow characters once again, they were excited for a brand new chapter in the story – completely removed from what was happening in the other shows.
One thing that also left fans feeling upset and confused was the fact that the network waited almost a whole year to make the announcement. Now, however, it turns out that the decision was actually made sometime ago.
Why was Green Arrow and The Canaries cancelled?
Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim revealed on Twitter that the decision not to move forward with Green Arrow and The Canaries was made back during the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic and that it was ultimately the deciding factor in that decision.
As for why it was only announced now, that remains a mystery but it probably has something to do with the fact that The CW will be setting in motion its plans for its 2021 – 2022 schedule, ordering new pilots in the process.
Pitched as a backdoor pilot in Arrow‘s final season, the episode saw Katherine McNamara’s Mia Queen remember what her life was like before Crisis On Infinite Earths when Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) and Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy) showed up in 2040, informing her that they need to save the once crime-free Star City from reverting to its old ways.
It received a positive reception from fans and drew the highest viewing figures for Arrow‘s final season (outside of the Crisis crossover), so naturally it seemed like a shoo-in for a pick-up. Unfortunately, it seems as if the pandemic threw a monkey wrench in the plans.
Are you upset to hear that Green Arrow and The Canaries wasn’t picked up? Let us know in the comments below!
Green Arrow & The Canaries
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9th episode of the eighth season of Arrow
"Green Arrow & The Canaries" (also known as "Livin' in the Future") is the ninth episode of the eighth season of the American television series Arrow, based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, revolving around billionaire playboy Oliver Queen as he returns to Starling City (later renamed Star City), after having been shipwrecked for five years, and becomes a bow-wielding, hooded vigilante who sets out to fight crime and corruption. It is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe. The episode was written by showrunners Beth Schwartz and Marc Guggenheim alongside Jill Blankenship and Oscar Balderrama, and directed by Tara Miele.
Principal cast members Juliana Harkavy, Katherine McNamara, Ben Lewis, Joseph David-Jones and Katie Cassidy appear. The episode is the only one not to feature series star Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen / Green Arrow. Set in 2040, it focuses Oliver's daughter Mia Smoak joining forces with Laurel Lance and Dinah Drake to rescue a kidnapped woman.
"Green Arrow & The Canaries" first aired in the United States on The CW on January 21, 2020 and was watched live by 0.89 million viewers with a 0.3/2 share among adults aged 18 to 49, marking a season high in overnight ratings. The episode received generally positive reviews from critics. Though it was developed as a backdoor pilot for a potential Arrow spin-off series named Green Arrow and the Canaries, that series was ultimately not picked up by The CW.
Two decades after Oliver Queen sacrificed himself to restore the multiverse,[a] crime in Star City has been quiet and is declared as the safest city in the country. Oliver's daughter and Mia, who has just graduated High School, lives in Queen Manor and is in a relationship with John Diggle Jr. who proposes Mia to which she accepts.
When Helena Bertinelli's adopted daughter and socialite Bianca is abducted, Laurel Lance tells Dinah Drake, who awakened in 2040 after Oliver's funeral for unknown reasons[b] and that the current timeline doesn't remember who Dinah was, about Bianca's abduction. Laurel shows Dinah footage of a possible future of Star City falling back into crime if Bianca isn't rescued and dies. A reluctant Dinah agrees to help Laurel rescue Bianca, but for Oliver rather than herself. Mia celebrates her proposal as a party which an alive Zoe Ramirez, her brother William, and J.J.'s ex-alcoholic brother Connor Hawke attend. Laurel uses a device on Mia which restores her pre-Crisis memories including J.J. being Deathstroke who had Zoe killed. Laurel reveals the device was created by Cisco Ramon containing J'onn J'onzz's Martian abilities. Laurel informs Mia of Bianca's situation which she disbelieves. However, Mia agrees to join upon recovering her Green Arrow training. Laurel plans for Mia to interrogate the Bertinelli's to gain information.
Having suspicions on the Bertinelli's having to do with Bianca's abduction, Mia, Laurel, and Dinah infiltrate the Bertinelli's house and places tracking devices around the house. Dinah gets a notification from the tracking device notifying them that Bianca's cousin Logan is having precautions and wants to move "it" out of the city which Laurel believes is Bianca. Laurel, Dinah, and Mia suit up and head to Bianca's location. However, they discover Logan is transferring a drug, not Bianca. The group are then attacked by a man wearing a Deathstroke mask and retreat back to their headquarters. Laurel argues if J.J. is or isn't behind the Deathstroke mask prompting Mia to break into J.J.'s office only to find out he was planning a honeymoon to Fiji and that Bianca is socially active on the internet. Although, Laurel and Dinah still suspect she is kidnapped and is being covered up. That night, J.J. breaks up with Mia.
Dinah encrypts a video of Bianca revealing her captivity at a greenhouse. Laurel eventually convinces Mia to become Green Arrow and help them save Bianca. Dinah shows Mia the decrypted footage which Mia deduces the background design is biophilic, meant to power the building photosynthetically. They track Bianca at a downtown guarded building containing metahuman dampeners. Upon infiltrating the building, they discover Bianca's ex-boyfriend Trevor had kidnapped Bianca because of their breakup and was Deathstroke. The team manage to rescue Bianca and flee to the rooftop where they confront Trevor. Before burning the building down killing himself, Trevor threatens that they can't stop "her"; the group escape with Bianca.
In the aftermath, Mia and J.J. reconcile. Laurel decides to move in with Dinah, who encourages to set up a base of operations and train a new generation of Black Canaries. While visiting Oliver's memorial statue, Mia recalls the symbol on Trevor's arm is the same as the Queen family hozen just before the two are ambushed by cloaked figures who kidnap William. Another cloak figure then invades J.J.'s apartment who uses Cisco's memory device on J.J.
In September 2019, it was announced that The CW was developing a female-led spin-off series of Arrow, with Katherine McNamara, Katie Cassidy, and Juliana Harkavy as the leads, reprising their roles from Arrow. The report also confirmed that an episode of Arrow's eighth and final season would serve as a backdoor pilot for the potential series. In October, Arrow co-creator Marc Guggenheim released an image indicating Green Arrow and the Canaries as the name for the new series. In January 2020, Guggenheim stated that when Arrow was renewed for its final season, series star Stephen Amell was contracted only for nine episodes; The CW later asked Guggenheim for an additional episode to bring the season's count to 10 episodes. Guggenheim realized this episode could become the backdoor pilot for the potential series, so he agreed.
The episode, which is the season's ninth, was originally intended to be titled after the Bruce Springsteen song "Livin' in the Future", continuing the series' tradition of having the penultimate episode of every season titled after a Springsteen song. Because the studio mandated that the backdoor pilot be titled "Green Arrow & The Canaries," after the planned spin-off series, the writers were forced to scrap the original title, though Guggenheim considers it the "real" title. The episode was directed by Tara Miele, and written by season 8 co-showrunner Beth Schwartz, Guggenheim, Jill Blankenship and Oscar Balderrama.
"Green Arrow & The Canaries" is the only episode of the series not to feature Amell, due to the death of his character Oliver Queen in the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover event. Main cast members Harkavy, McNamara, Ben Lewis, Joseph David-Jones and Cassidy return as Dinah Drake / Black Canary, Mia Queen, William Clayton, Connor Hawke and Laurel Lance / Black Canary.[c] The guest cast includes Charlie Barnett as John Diggle Jr., Andrea Sixtos as Zoe Ramirez, Raigan Harris as Bianca Bertinelli and Chad Duell as Trevor.
The episode was filmed in October 2019.
The episode premiered in the United States on The CW on January 21, 2020. It was watched live by 0.89 million viewers with a 0.3/2 share among adults aged 18 to 49, marking a season high in overnight ratings.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 86% approval rating for the episode, based on 14 reviews, with an average rating of 7.06/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Although its placement as a penultimate epilogue to Arrow may give fans mixed feelings, there's no denying that "Green Arrow & the Canaries" is a tantalizing backdoor pilot for a new band of distinctive rogues." Chancellor Agard of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "As I watched, I couldn't stop thinking about how odd it is that this is Arrow's penultimate episode. When it ended, it didn't feel like we were heading toward the series finale. Nevertheless, I still had a lot of fun watching it." Delia Harrington of Den of Geek wrote, “Green Arrow & the Canaries” pulls off something pretty impressive in just an hour, managing to answer many questions about how the Crisis on Infinite Earths affected Arrow’s corner of the Arrowverse while the backdoor pilot gave the audience a sense of what the new show’s vibe would be and, perhaps most importantly of all, setting up a number of mysteries to make a spinoff feel like essential viewing." Allison Shoemaker of The A.V. Club wrote, "Does "Green Arrow & The Canaries" work as an argument for the existence of Green Arrow & The Canaries, the future series? Yes. Does it work as one of the final chapters of Arrow? Also yes, though somewhat less successfully."
In June 2020, Guggenheim said that, should the planned series not be picked up, he would potentially resolve the cliffhangers introduced in the episode in a comic book. In January 2021, The CW officially passed on the spin-off. Guggenheim said this decision was made at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Guggenheim feeling the pandemic was the "deciding factor" in not moving forward with the series.
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‘Arrow’ Spinoff ‘Green Arrow and The Canaries’ Not Going Forward At the CW, ‘The 100’ Prequel Still Alive
The CW is officially not moving forward with Green Arrow and the Canaries, its planned spinoff from long-running superhero series Arrow. Green Arrow and The Canaries aired as an episode of Arrow‘s final season in January. The other outstanding CW planted spinoff, The 100 prequel, which aired as part of the survival drama’s final season, remains in contention. The options on the casts of both offshoots expired last year.
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“They are very much in active discussions to see what we can do,” the CW President Mark Pedowitz said in May about the fate of both projects, produced by Warner Bros. TV. “I’ve had many discussions with Warner Bros, we have a strategy involved — hopefully we can pull it off.”
I hear the network and the studio explored the idea of the Green Arrow and the Canaries and The 100 prequel running jointly on the CW and WarnerMedia’s HBO Max. (Arrow and The 100 stream on Netflix.) With all of the CW’s newer series, following the end of the output deal with Netflix, available on HBO Max, that was considered a viable possibility. It could still happen for The 100 prequel. (For the status of the other 2020 broadcast pilots, read our story.)
Starring Katherine McNamara, Katie Cassidy and Juliana Harkavy, Green Arrow and the Canaries was set in 2040 in Star City and Mia Queen (McNamara) had everything she could have ever wanted. However, when Laurel (Cassidy) and Dinah (Harkavy) suddenly showed up in her life again, things took a shocking turn and her perfect world is upended.
Tara Miele directed the episode written by Arrow showrunner Beth Schwartz & co-creator/executive producer Marc Guggenheim, executive producer Jill Blankenship and co-executive producer Oscar Balderrama. The project hailed from Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television.
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How Green Arrow & The Canaries Can Still Happen (Despite Being Cancelled)
Despite not going forward on The CW, there are other ways that the Arrowverse spinoff series Green Arrow and the Canaries can still happen.
Despite not being picked up to series, there are other ways for Green Arrow and the Canaries to happen still. The Arrowverse is going in several directions this year as the franchise is changing quite a lot. Not only is Supergirl coming to an end, but Black Lightning season 4 will be the show's final season as well. Batwoman is making Arrowverse history as it replaces its series lead with a brand new character with Javicia Leslie's Ryan Wilder, after Ruby Rose decided to exit the drama. Superman & Lois will bring the Man of Steel back to the small screen on full time as the next spinoff show in the franchise.
Currently, The CW has not one, but three different DC TV shows in the works, including Wonder Girl, that could potentially join the slate for the 2021-2022 TV season. However, one Arrowverse show that had a lot of anticipation in going forward was the Arrow spinoff Green Arrow and the Canaries. Ahead of the final season of Arrow, The CW was developing a female team-up show featuring Mia Queen and the two Black Canaries, Dinah Laurel Lance, and Dinah Drake. A backdoor pilot was seeded into Arrow season 8 as the penultimate episode of the series. But despite a promising idea, The CW, after almost a full year, opted to not go forward with Green Arrow and the Canaries.
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As unfortunate as the series cancellation was, it does seem like the global pandemic was a key factor according to executive producer Marc Guggenheim. The pandemic has, understandably, caused several shows (new and old) to be scrapped because of budgetary concerns and production issues. For the Arrowverse, it now leaves the trio's fate in the franchise up in the air as there were a number of unresolved plots in the backdoor pilot. But even though it will not be happening as a live-action TV series in the Arrowverse, there are other ways for Green Arrow and the Canaries to still come to fruition.
A Green Arrow & The Canaries Comic
In one way or another, the Arrowverse has to find a way to wrap up what the backdoor pilot set up for Green Arrow and the Canaries. From a mysterious villain restoring pre-Crisis memories to Mia and others to Dinah somehow being trapped in 2040, there's a lot that the ensemble concept did in that episode. While a TV show isn't possible at this point, there is a different medium that the creators could consider. The Arrowverse has been adapted as tie-in comics in the past for Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and even one for Crisis on Infinite Earths.
A limited comic series (or even as a graphic novel) would be an easy and less expensive way to at least resolve those plot points. After all, something like William being kidnapped at the end of the episode by an unknown foe has to get a conclusion. It wouldn't be the first Greg Berlanti-produced show to get a comic after being canceled, since Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will be doing its season 5 arc on the page rather than on-screen. Having a 6-issue run where fans can get the resolution to all of these plots would allow Green Arrow and the Canaries to live on off-screen, but with at least their big storylines wrapped up.
A Legends of Tomorrow Storyline
One of the big intrigues about Green Arrow and the Canaries was the fact that it would have been the first Arrowverse show to be set in the future. All the other shows are currently set in the present time, except for Legends of Tomorrow. The Waverider-centered show focuses on the past, present, and future, which is how the canceled Arrowverse spinoff has an opportunity to still happen. Even if it can't be as a whole season arc, Legends of Tomorrow could do a storyline that lasts for an episode or three where Sara Lance and her team visit Star City 2040 to meet the trio.
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Since Laurel (despite it being the Earth-2 version) is her sister, it would be an organic way for the time-traveling crew to get involved with what's going on in the future. There is also the established dynamic between Sara and Mia as they bonded during Crisis on Infinite Earths. Through a mini-arc on Legends of Tomorrow, it would allow Green Arrow and the Canaries to be concluded on-screen with Kat McNamara, Katie Cassidy, and Juliana Harkavy appearing in guest appearances. It would also be a fun way for the time-travel drama to actually go into the future for once, which doesn't happen very often.
A Green Arrow & The Canaries Animated Series
The Arrowverse not only has a history of doing tie-in comics but also animated shows. One of the additional platforms that The CW has is the digital service CW Seed that hosts original shows as well as other series that the network has acquired. For the Arrowverse, there are several of them, as they had Vixen, which introduced Mari McCabe into the franchise with Megalyn Echikunwoke playing her in animation and live-action. There was also Freedom Fighters: The Ray that partially set up the Crisis on Earth-X crossover. While not set in the Arrowverse, CW Seed also produced Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons that focused on Slade Wilson.
Even if Green Arrow and the Canaries might not be considered for a long-lasting series, having an animated format with a handful of episodes would be a smart approach. With the ongoing pandemic making production challenging, doing an animated series would be a lot easier as it would only require the actors to lend their voices. By also doing it as animated, it could pave the way for additional cameos by other Arrowverse characters that otherwise would have been tricky if it had been in live-action due to scheduling. It would also let CW Seed finally produce an Arrowverse-animated project again.
At the end of the day, Green Arrow and the Canaries is a story that deserves to be told in one way or another. The backdoor pilot set up a great concept that ultimately allows Oliver's Green Arrow legacy to live on through Mia. But it would have also given the Black Canaries a way to shine in ways that they didn't always get to while on Arrow. It would have also been a huge step forward in allowing more female superheroes to be featured on-screen. Despite Green Arrow and the Canaries being canceled, it doesn't mean Mia, Laurel, and Dinah have to be done with the Arrowverse.
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The Flash Season 7 Acknowledges Canceled Arrow Spinoff
Green Arrow and the Canaries get referenced in The Flash season 7, making it the first time the canceled Arrowverse spinoff gets called out.
The Flashbecomes the first Arrowverse series to acknowledge the canceled Arrow spinoff, Green Arrow and the Canaries. When Arrow was getting ready to come to an end, the eighth and final season tried to set up one more spinoff before Oliver Queen's time on The CW concluded. Even though the first Green Arrow was now dead after Crisis on Infinite Earths, that didn't mean the mantle wouldn't get picked up. The penultimate episode of Arrow served as a backdoor pilot for his daughter Mia Queen along with the two Black Canaries, Laurel Lance and Dinah Drake.
Green Arrow and the Canaries would have followed the new Emerald Archer and the Black Canaries in Star City 2040. The backdoor pilot has Laurel going to the future to restore Mia's memories as she didn't remember her life pre-Crisis. But another mystery was also set up with Dinah somehow finding herself in the future the day after Oliver's funeral. A mystery villain was also put in place that was restoring other characters' pre-Crisis memories. Unfortunately, The CW ended up passing on Green Arrow and the Canaries, meaning it didn't join the Arrowverse slate.
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Since the cancelation of the Arrow spinoff, the other Arrowverse shows have barely acknowledged Green Arrow and the Canaries, mostly because it does take place in the future. However, The Flash season 7 became the first one to not only bring it back but also set up its own connection to the scrapped series. When Abra Kadabra shows up in the year 2021, he's revealed to have a Martian Memory Restorer, the same tool Laurel and the 2040-baddie were using in the backdoor pilot. But while it's connected to Martian Manhunter's power on Supergirl, it's also revealed that Cisco Ramon was the one to design the actual restorer.
During that moment in STAR Labs, the team wonders why Cisco had even made it in the first place. An annoyed Cisco begins to explain why by referencing Laurel Lance and Mia Queen before cutting himself off, knowing that this was a long story for another time. What this seems to confirm is that before Laurel went into the future, she got it from Cisco who seems to be in the know of why Black Canary had to take off. Perhaps The Flash season 7 will continue to bring up the fallen spinoff or perhaps be the show that gets to resolve it.
It's still a shame that Green Arrow and the Canaries didn't go forward as the backdoor pilot did set up a huge plot for those characters. The CW should still consider finding ways to wrap it up whether it's as a digital comic, an arc on Legends of Tomorrow, or other ways. While those characters may not continue on a weekly basis, it still would be helpful if the other Arrowverse shows could find a way to bring them back for a limited arc. Since Arrow season 8 did a lot of groundwork for the spinoff, particularly with Mia taking over as Green Arrow, it would be great if a show like The Flash could give Green Arrow and the Canaries a worthy conclusion.
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The Canaries’ wings have been clipped.
Nearly a full year after Arrow, with its penultimate episode, aired the backdoor pilot for a spinoff that was to be titled Green Arrow and the Canaries, TVLine has learned that The CW is not moving forward with the offshoot.
The 100‘s prequel spinoff, meanwhile, is said to be still under consideration.
Starring Katherine McNamara, Katie Cassidy and Juliana Harkavy, Arrow‘s planted spinoff piloton Jan. 21, 2020 drew 890,000 viewers — a season high, excepting that season’s crossover episode — and a 0.3 rating, which turned out to be a tenth above what Arrow‘s series finale itself scored. The 2040-set episode earned an average TVLine reader grade of “B,” with 66 percent saying they would “absolutely” tune in if it got ordered to series.
In that planted pilot, Laurel Lance arrived in the year 2040 to recruit fellow Canary Dinah Drake and new Green Arrow Mia Smoak to fend off a threat to the timeline, one which would bring crime back to the otherwise serene Star City. But secretly, Laurel’s mission also involved keeping Mia from facilitating her city’s ruin, as foretold by future headlines.
Green Arrow and the Canaries would have, among other things, explained how the Dinah of 2020 wound up in the future, seeing as she was last seen speeding off on her motorcycle to fight crime in Metropolis. Arrowverse EP Marc Guggenheim told TVLine that scene from Arrow‘s series finale “does jibe” with what we saw in the spinoff pilot, “given the backstory that we’ve worked out for Dinah that we haven’t revealed to you yet.
“She doesn’t get on that motorcycle and … immediately end up in the future,” he added.
Will any of the questions raised by the planted pilot — or Arrow‘s series finale, which aired the week after — now ever be answered?
To name another mystery raised in Arrow‘s final two episodes: Who kidnapped Mia’s brother William at the end of the spinoff pilot? (And why didn’t Mia seem too concerned about his absence when Sara time-traveled to 2040 to fetch her for Oliver’s funeral?)
“There are burning questions,” Guggenheim affirmed during a Spring 2020 TVLine interview. “Certainly, the backdoor pilot ended with the cliffhanger of William’s abduction. And I do think we owe answers to a lot of those moments and questions.”
If Green Arrow and the Canaries didn’t get ordered to series, Guggenheim said at the time, “My instinct would be to try to answer those questions in the form of, like, a comic book tie-in — which is not to say that it couldn’t be done on the other shows.”
The trick with resolving such mysteries elsewhere in the Arrowverse is that “when you’re dealing with another time period… the only show that could handle that or really deal with those questions is Legends,” he noted. But even that “is a tricky bit of business, since the tonal mashup of Legends and Canaries is so very different.
“I look at these things as ‘quality problems,” Guggenheim concluded. “I love the fact that we now have a universe of shows that allows us to ask ourselves these questions and explore different things and answer questions from different shows, but we also have comic books as an outlet, as well.”
With the Canaries silenced, the Arrowverse moving forward includes The Flash (Season 7 premieres Feb. 23), Supergirl (which will be entering its final season), Legends of Tomorrow (Season 6 premiere date TBA), Black Lightning (its final season premieres Feb. 8, while a Painkiller spinoff is in development), Batwoman (Season 2 premieres Jan. 17) and the freshman offshoot Superman & Lois (premiering Feb. 23).
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Green Arrow and Black Canary
Green Arrow and Black Canary was a comic bookongoing series published by DC Comics starring superheroesGreen Arrow and Black Canary.
The first issue (December 2007) was written by Judd Winick with art by Cliff Chiang. The series spun out of Green Arrow/Black Canary: Wedding Special (November 2007) by Winick and artist Amanda Conner. With issue #7, Mike Norton replaced Chiang. With issue #15, Andrew Kreisberg replaced Winick.
According to the announcements of then-upcoming titles at DCComics.com, the title was reverted to Green Arrow beginning with issue 31; After the events of Justice League: Cry For Justice, wherein Green Arrow killed the villain Prometheus for destroying Star City (which killed Roy Harper's daughter), Black Canary took Green Arrow's not telling her as a sign he wants to be alone and left him, supposedly ending the marriage.
This series ended in 2011 when DC relaunched its entire universe. Green Arrow went to Star City in his own solo series while Black Canary currently stars in Birds of Prey. Following the events of DC Rebirth, the two became romantically involved once more.
- Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance) - The daughter of the original Black Canary, trained against her mother's wishes to become one of the best fighters in the world, along with her trademarked "canary cry" sonic scream. The wife of Green Arrow.
- Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) - Playboy billionaire turned contemporary Robin Hood, trained to be one of the greatest archers in the world. The husband of Black Canary, and the father of Connor Hawke.
- Green Arrow (Connor Hawke) - Oliver Queen's biological son, he replaced his father after his death and they now share the name.
- Speedy (Mia Dearden) - The newest sidekick to use the name, after living on the streets, she was taken in by Oliver and eventually trained.
- Red Arrow (Roy Harper) - Green Arrow's original sidekick and first Speedy, grew up to be Arsenal and now has a new codename.
After Black Canary murders "Green Arrow" on their wedding night, it is discovered that it was actually Everyman posing as him. Black Canary and Speedy, along with Connor Hawke, venture to Themyscira on a hunch that Green Arrow may be a captive of the Amazons.
Green Arrow, Black Canary and Speedy travel to Europe to hunt down who is responsible for wounding Connor Hawke. Along the way they join up with Batman, Plastic Man and Dodger and encounter a new League of Assassins.
A League of their Own
The missing Connor Hawke is found and it is discovered that this League of Assassins is a fake, tricked by a disguised Shado to fight Green Arrow. Shado's son Robert, who is also Green Arrow's son, was diagnosed with cancer, to cure him she employed Dr. Sivana to abduct and experiment on Connor. In the end Connor is rescued, but possesses nothing of his former self, acting differently, abandoning archery and apparently gaining healing abilities. Speedy leaves to pursue a relationship with Dodger and Connor Hawke leaves to rediscover himself.
A new villainess named Cupid begins killing Green Arrow's enemies to gain his love and approval. She kills Brick and several other low level villains and attempts to kill Merlyn as well. Oliver's and Dinah's marriage is put to the test as Green Arrow becomes increasingly more violent and ignores Black Canary's warnings.
A music teacher is deafened by Black Canary's canary cry and becomes the hypersonic villain known as Discord.
Starting with July's issue, #22, the title gets divided into a Green Arrow and Black Canary double feature.
Repackaging as Green Arrow
During the events of the "Blackest Night" the series for issue 30 was retitled Black Lantern Green Arrow for a Blackest Night tie-in before switching to simply Green Arrow as part of the "Rise and Fall" storyline which is the aftermath of Justice League: Cry for Justice. The series picked up loose ends of Green Arrow killing the villain Prometheus and the destruction of Star City as well as Black Canary leaving Green Arrow for not telling her of his actions, assuming he wants to be alone. A new Green Arrow series eventually made its debut from J. T. Krul and artist Diogenes Neves.
Also relevant is the lead-up to this series "Road to the Altar", as seen in Green Arrow collected editions.
IGN gave the first issue a 5.7 out of 10. Issue #15, the first issue of Kreisberg's run, received a 7.5.