ByDamien Darhk, writer at Creators.co

Let me stop you and your doltishness (maybe it’s lack of amicableness with the content) right there and allow me to direct you here, where I explain why all of those “Arrow=Batman-Lite” claims are not only bogus, but preposterous for true, yes, true comic fans.

Below I’ll be anatomize some of the facts we are knowledgeable about upcoming episodes of Legends of Tomorrow, and why they may suggest an altered neolithic version of Connor Hawke.

1.) Why Connor Hawke?

Origins
Origins

Since the attestation that Oliver’s son on the show would not be Connor Hawke (the son he forefathered with the still unidentified woman in the sophmore season of Arrow's flashbacks), many fans have been left confused as to why the shows writers would exclude Connor Hawke from the shows abidance in such a way. These fans’ minds were slightly put at alleviation when it was reported that Legends of Tomorrow was casting: An African-American or biracial male who “decides to put on the uniform of a missing hero who once stood for justice and hope.” For those who aren’t aware Connor is of mixed heritage as he is 1/4 Korean, 1/4 African American, 1/2 Caucasian.

2.) The older Oliver Queen


“The history books say you live to be 86 years old Mr. Queen, I guess the history books were wrong“
“The history books say you live to be 86 years old Mr. Queen, I guess the history books were wrong“

Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne told Oliver in 1×22, Rogue Air, “The history books say you live to be 86 years old Mr. Queen, I guess the history books were wrong“. Assuming Eobard was correct and Oliver does live to be 86 years old without interference in his life, who is to say that it isn’t he is the hero who “goes missing”, much like Oliver does in the comics when he retreats to his Ashram; leaving the Green Arrow mantle, open.

In the comics Oliver retreats to the [Green Arrow] Ashram, because he feels as though he is no longer adequate enough to be The Green Arrow. He, Oliver, feels as if he needs time – at the Ashram – to reinvent himself and, to quote Ollie himself, become someone else, become something else.

So again, lets assume that it is Connor Hawke some time in the future, who picks up the mantle of “Green Arrow”, who has quietly retired due to old age/inability to be the “Green Arrow”. Connor then arrives on the scene, discovers who Oliver is (and possibly even finds out that Oliver is his father), and then adopts the mantle of The Green Arrow.

3.) Why This Is NOT ‘Ripping off Batman’

Batman Beyond/Green Arrow Beyond paralles
Batman Beyond/Green Arrow Beyond paralles

Terry McGinnis (First Appearance: January 1999):Bruce Wayne “has a son” who he [potentially] knows about, but for reasons unknown he allows that son to live his life. His son, Terry, has a volatile temper and is bullied for most of his life into young adulthood. The only man Terry looked up to was his adopted (he didn’t know) father, and that was his only idol. At some point in Terry’s young-adult life, Bruce Wayne ‘retires’ as Batman due to his inability to be the best Batman he can be anymore. After “secretly” retiring, Terry discovers Bruce, and adopts the mantle of Batman.

Connor Hawke (First Appearance: October 1994): Oliver Queen has a son who he [potentially] knows about, but for reasons unknown he allows that son to live his life. His son, Connor, has a volatile temper and is bullied for most of his life into young adulthood. The only man Connor looked up to was the idea of his father, and that was his only idol. At some point in Connor’s young-adult life, Oliver Queen ‘retires’ as Green Arrow due to his inability to be the best Green Arrow he can be anymore. After “secretly” retiring, Connor discovers Oliver, and adopts the mantle of Green Arrow.

Batman Beyond portrays Bruce Wayne in his 60’s, and upon Connor’s introduction Oliver was too, in his late 50’s/early 60’s. Parallels aside, it’s actually worth noting that Batman Beyond also took a lot from other heroes, such as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man ,although most comics do rip each-other off, but here are some parallels between B.B. and Spidey:

Both Terry and Peter are high-schoolers whose high-school life is highlighted and incorporated into his career as a hero

Both Terry and Peter make jokes whilst combating their enemies

Both Terry and Peter lost somebody close to them, Peter (his uncle) and Terry (his father)

Both Terry and Peter feel beyond guilty over the loss. . Peter, because he hadn’t stopped the burglar who then proceed to kill his uncle, and Terry ’cause he left his father alone.

They both have a rich person who they can’t quite fight with, as they have money and resource. Derek Powers a.k.a “Blight” and Wilson Fisk a.k.a “Kingpin”.

Inque, Batman’s villain has a striking resemblance to Spider-Man’s foe – Venom. Both of them are made of Goo, both of them are black-blue colored and can transform into other shapes (Venom when he’s not having a host).

4.) Casting Connor Hawke

Assuming they want a fairly faithful (in terms of racial inheritance) version of Connor Hawke, there is no doubt in my mind that actor Roshon Fegan is the man for the job. Fegan’s acting credit’s may only include Disney-based roles such as Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?, A.N.T. Farm, etc but he is one of few actors who has proven that his talents certainly exceed those of most Disney actors (up there with the likes of Spencer Boldman, Billy Unger, and David Henrie). Fegan has not only proven the fact that he has acting talent, but he also has proven his ability to play someone who is broken, but also witty and fun, the perfect blend for Connor Hawke.

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