This is “Point/Counterpoint in the Blogosphere…” where we take a look at what has YOU talking. Twice a week, I’ll be showcasing two related discussion points about a particular topic, to help you keep up with some of the hot topics in comic fandom.
It’s always interesting when the tv show Smallville starts incorporating more elements from the comic books. The most notable recently being the introduction of Oliver Queen, or Green Arrow, to the cast. Now that he’s been around for a while, people are posting their reactions.
On MySpace, a blogger named Felix/Ramon posts optimistically about the introduction of Green Arrow to the Smallville television show:
Now, usually when big characters from the DC Comics universe appear on Smallville, they’re not in a costume, but then again, when most have appeared they haven’t been in “crimefighting” mode, and that appears to be how they’re setting up Ollie. Crimefighter with a secret identity and a slight smirk on his face when he has to downplay his abilities in order not to give himself away. Sound like anybody we know? With Clark isolated, with only Chloe to talk to as far as his life and abilities (and Chloe now preoccupied with her own blossoming romance), it seems the writers on Smallville are setting up Ollie to be a mentor figure to Clark, someone who will perhaps impart on the future-Superman how to better live with having a double life, and maybe how to enjoy it a little.
Meanwhile, One Diverse Comic Nation’s Loren is less enthused about Green Arrow’s presence, even though he likes the portrayal itself:
Now, I know that Smallville is not really cannon to the comic books and has its own history, but there’s something about making Green Arrow being the first costumed hero of Superman’s generation to don a costume in Metropolis. In my mind’s eye, Superman is the first hero of Metropolis. He’s the hero who’s inspired heroes to come, not Green Arrow. For me, it smashes the mythos of DC superheroes altogether.
So, is the introduction of Green Arrow a positive sign or a negative one? What do you think?