Why was the new TV version of Green Arrow, simply called Arrow? Have the studios given any reasoning behind that decision?

  • Spoiler: In the third season, he renames himself to "Green Arrow" to show that he changed.
    – looper
    Commented Feb 15, 2016 at 16:28

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Writer and co-executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says:

[dropped] the "Green" from the title because "Arrow" felt "sexier, a little more dangerous.

But I think the name change also reflects that this version is noticably different from the Smallville incarnation, but also from the Comics.

Lead actor Stephen Amell says:

Nobody in our universe has super powers, so that's a big jumping off point...

Other than in name, there are virtually no similarities between [the 'Smallville' version and the new version].

A world without superpowered characters would definately be a very big difference.

Pilot director/executive producer David Nutter says:

When I directed the pilot for 'Smallville', I knew that making Clark Kent relatable would be the key to audiences believing in him as a hero. ARROW is a different show — darker and harder-edged — but it’s the same core idea. We’re creating a real, believable world in which Oliver Queen can do incredible things.

They have also renamed Star City to Starling City and changed Oliver Queen's hair color and family constellation.

  • I like how the Luthur Mansion in Smallville is actually the Queen Mansion in Arrow haha. +1 for this answer Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 10:04
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    Note: Season 2 will introduce Flash, so the "no super powers" part is no longer true.
    – Oliver_C
    Commented Sep 15, 2013 at 9:39
  • @Oliver_C That depends on how "flashy" that Flash is going to be, I think.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Oct 21, 2013 at 11:13
  • Still, one of another biggest notable difference is TV's arrow is not funny at all. comic's arrow is very lightweight guy and had smile on his face. TV's arrow has more similarities to Batman. (having Bat's villians and all)
    – Vishwa
    Commented Mar 14, 2018 at 12:09

This article from Screenrant suggests that it was done to reach a wider audience. Presumably the name "Arrow" might attract people who could be turned off by the comic-book-sounding name "Green Arrow." Anyway, it seems he is more about the Arrow now than the Green:

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