ByJesse West, writer at Creators.co
I write reviews and comparisons for TV shows, comics, movies, books, pretty much anything I show interest in. It's all up up for discussion
Jesse West

Since it's comic book week, I decided to drift away from the post I've been working on which I'll hopefully have out soon and write about something I've spoken to people about personally for a long time now. Now I must state that this may come off a bit bias but understand that though I love and enjoy both characters equally, I always hold Batman on a higher level than most.

With getting that out of the way, let me also state that this is seerley based on opinion, observation, and to see if anyone may see what I'm talking about. I'll make it as short as I can since most of my posts can be rather long.

I didn't original like or care about the [Arrow](series:720988) show when it first came out. I mean come on, it's on channel 11. I half expected it to be something like One Tree Hill or Dawsons Creek. Then one day after the first season, I was bored and browsing through Netflix and saw that the entire first season was up so I gave it an open minded shot.

After the first episode, I was hooked.

Stephen Amell was perfectly casted.
Stephen Amell was perfectly casted.

After marathoning the first season in what seemed like days, I couldn't help but love how they tell this character's story. It has its obvious overly dramatic moments but for the channel it's on, that part I knew would exist. Ya can't blame em either because most of these superhero stories lack dramatics.

I've stated in another article of mine how their are certain characters that deserve a shot at their own show as well and one of those happened to be Batman. The mythology behind Batman goes extremely deep and it intertwines with so much in the DC universe that it almost holds him as the epicenter of it. Now, regardless of the Batman portrayals we have seen, whether it's...

A cartoon animated series
A cartoon animated series
made into a great video game
made into a great video game
a classic film that launched it into new heights
a classic film that launched it into new heights

OR

this monstrosity
this monstrosity

...Batman is a character that hasn't 100% been done right. Though you could say most characters haven't been done right in a lot of these movies/shows but the point is that certain steps can be made to make them work.

Arrow was one of those steps. Now, with it's popularity reaching awesome heights, it's never been more clear to me that the character of Green Arrow was the right route to go. But I mean this from the bottom of my heart, this show is exactly what a Batman show should be. Here's a few reasons why.

Gadgets:

Not only is the Green Arrow's only real weapon meant to be his bow and arrow but they are supposed to be the only thing he uses. The gadget factor is meant to come from how each of his arrows does something different. The arrow that lets out gas, the explosive arrow, and even the arrow with the boxing glove are all trademarks of the character. Not only does he have these in the show, but he also has things such as the voice blocker and the grappling hook arrow. I'm sorry but the grappling hook is a Batman trademark and the voice blocker is such a great idea. Either way, giving him different gadgets that drift away from his arrows just screams the idea that it lives in a Batman world.

Villains:

I've stated in a past article that Batman has the most enemies of any 2 superheroes combined from either DC or [Marvel](channel:932254). His list of villains runs so long that most of the other villains in the DC universe have either crossed over from the Batman storyline or even originated from it. Villains like this include Arrow's portrayal of Firefly, Deathstroke, Deadshot, and Bronze Tiger. This list of already set in stone Arrow villains is another reason why it lives in a Batman universe.

Sidekicks:

I'm not too familiar with how the Red Arrow becomes involved in the Green Arrow story but what I do know is how it seems to be portrayed in the show is a lot like how I recall Jason Todd's storyline started. They aren't really the same but just the idea of picking up a street kid to fight crime by your side...if that's not Batman then my life is a lie. Oh, and let's not forget Velocity who plays Arrow's lovely computer nerd that's very similar to Batman's oracle. Though Oracle is a crippled Batgirl, the idea in itself is similar to Velocity. Then there's Batgirl and Black Canary. And how about Diggle and Alfred. I'm not saying these are 100% the same but you can't deny that it is a lot like Batman.

Love interests:

Arrow falls in love with The Huntress, Batman falls in love with Catwoman. The End.

Background story:

Even though the origins of how they became the heroes they are, It's clear as day that Oliver Queen and Bruce Wayne are both the same. Unlucky, Billionaire playboys that suffer dearly in their lives which draws them to rise above the law and become what their cities need. A hero.

while maintaining their day jobs
while maintaining their day jobs

This is why they connect so well during their interactions as part of the Justice League. They are part of a list of a few heroes that fight without powers. This gives them an undoubtable similarity that thrives on the idea that both of these characters have a deeper meaning...

UNsuperheroes:

Both these characters may be rich and very well trained and educated, but they represent something that most superheroes don't. They are simple humans fighting in a superhuman universe. And winning. This basic concept of not being able to fly or have superhuman strength and still coming out on top is a ideal only represented by a few. These 2 being part of that small fraction and these 2 both deserving the spotlight.

Although these are possibly the minimal of the comparisons that could be made, the idea is this has created a decent foundation to show people that a Batman show would most certainly work. It also shows that Arrow is inches away from being a Batman show all in itself. I would love it if they ever attempted a Batman live action series. That is, of course, if it was done right. Not like this...

Somedays you just can't get rid of a bomb.
Somedays you just can't get rid of a bomb.

As always, thank you for reading and I accept all kinds of feedback.

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