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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Arrow
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Arrow

After years as a minor character in Smallville and a life mainly spent in comic books, DC’s most beloved bowman Green Arrow finally got his own show in 2012 and he’s stayed there ever since.

Arrow follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, who, after five years of being stranded on a desert island, returns home to his home of Starling City, and, after being disgusted with what he finds there, decides to become a bow and arrow wielding vigilante

With the show’s fifth season hitting DVD shelves on Monday (September 18th, you can pre-order it the right-hand side of the page), we thought we’d have some fun and pull together 10 things you didn’t know about Arrow...

 

Emily Bett Rickards was only supposed to be in one episode…

The actress, who plays Felicity Smoak, was originally due to star in just one episode in the show’s first series, but she impressed producers so much that they decided to keep her on and make her a permanent addition to the show’s cast.

 

The Queen Mansion has served plenty of other superheroes…

All the exterior shots of the Queen family mansion are made using Hatley Castle in the Hatley Park National Historic Site located in Colwood, British Columbia. This is a mansion that has served superheroes well in the past, both the Luthor Mansion in Smallville and Professor Xavier’s castle in the original X-Men movie series have also used it.

 

The show’s Police Station is actually a much quieter place…

Oliver’s exploits means he has to spend a fair bit of time dealing with the boys in blue, but the building used to represent the police station is something very different. The Starling City police station is in fact the Los Angeles public library…

 

The skyline is stolen from lots of others…

To make up the look of Starling City the show’s effects team use parts of Frankfurt, Philadelphia, Boston's Back Bay, Tokyo and Singapore.

 

Roy Harper’s nickname mirrors his real life…

On the show Harper is often given the nickname Abercrombie, which is rather ironic given the fact that Colton Haynes, who plays Harper, was actually a model for  Abercrombie and Fitch before becoming an actor.

 

Stephen Amell was the first to audition for the role…

Producers then saw over a thousand other actors before they settled on who to cast, but Amell happened to be the first one, it must have been a damn good audition.

 

He’s played the role in three other shows, so far…

He’s guest starred on both The Flash and DC’s new show Legends Of Tomorrow, as well as lending his voice to an animated Arrow for DC’s web series Vixen.

 

But he’s the second actor to play the role of Green Arrow…

Justin Hartley, who is now one of the stars of The Young And The Restless, played the role in 72 episodes on the long-running teen drama Smallville. He was not considered to be Arrow in the new series.

 

And he’ll never grow a goatee…

In the comic books Oliver Queen sports a very fetching goatee, but Stephen Amell, having tried the look, during the show’s hiatus, has categorically ruled out every sporting one on the show…

 

The writers love a bit of Bruce Springsteen…

The penultimate episode of each series has been named after one of The Boss’s hits. So far we’ve had 'Darkness on the Edge of Town', 'Streets of Fire', 'This Is Your Sword' and 'Lost In The Flood'.

 

The fifth season of Arrow will be released on DVD on September 18th and is available to pre-order on the right-hand side of the page.

You can check out all the previous seasons in hmv’s online store here.

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