Stephen Amell’s “Arrow” Posters

Posted on October 17, 2012

Because we now have a new “Celebrity” tag, which means we’re not strictly beholden to posting fashion-related stuff only; because Tom is a big ol’ nerd and he’s semi-excited about a TV show based on Green Arrow; because Stephen once tweeted us, which sent us into girlish giggles for the day; and because his body is absolutely ridiculously hot, here’s Stephen Amell, promoting the shit out of the new “Arrow” show, which premiered last week and which runs on the CW on Wednesdays, 8p, ET:

That’s some serious Blue Steel right there.

As for the show, we watched the pilot and thought it had a lot going for it, although it felt to us like it was trying just a bit too hard. For one, having your main character provide constant voiceover narration never sounds anything but cheesy (and a little lazy) to us. For another, they’re clearly working their ass off to provide a heavy mythology for the character, with all kinds of mysterioso scheming and plotting going on, and a much larger story unfolding over the long run. That’s not a bad thing, but we think they sold it a little hard in the pilot. We’ll continue watching, because Tom’s loved Ollie Queen going back over thirty years and because Stephen Amell is sex on a stick.

In other CW news, Tom recently sat through the entire run of “Supernatural” on Netflix. It’s a lot more fun than he expected and better than it had any reason to be, but there is a disconcerting undertone of white, heterosexual male anxiety running through the entire thing. Practically every woman character was a hardcore bitch, practically every black male character was dangerously violent, and the very few times a gay person showed up, they were mostly treated for laughs, or gayness got used as an insult. It got slowly better on some of those points over time, but the overall tone of the series, in terms of social commentary, felt a bit archaic to us.



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  • Sobaika

    I really enjoy Supernatural, but the plot’s use of women is laughable. Everyone woman is either a hardcore bitch or saintlike figure used to propel one of the brothers’ revenge/redemption cycles.

    •  I think Charlie was my favorite.  Not a saint, but not a bitch either.  The show is almost a throwback to the buddy cop shows/movies, but I still look forward to it every week.

    • snowy_owl_000

      From what I’ve heard and read this may actually be the fault of Supernatural hardcore fan base. The show has been plagued with some absolute crazies who believe that the main actors are together in real life! They have hated on every woman in and around the show so much that they didn’t have a long life on the series…. 

      • Yeah, we’ve heard about that but we think it’s absolutely NUTS. Ackles and Padalecki have absolutely no sexual chemistry between them at all and while we’d never make the claim with absolute, 100% certainty (because you never really know), both actors come off as totally straight to us.

        It’s kind of sad that when two male characters have a bond and even a love for each other, people have to immediately run to cast it as a gay thing. It kind of makes us feel sorry for our straight brothers, because it reinforces the idea that men can’t have strong relationships with each other without it meaning they want to have sex with each other.

        • snowy_owl_000

          Yeah, and even if they DID have sexual chemistry on the show (which also IMO they absolutely don’t) I don’t understand why so many fans can’t manage to keep fandom and real life separate. I’m a fan of a number of things myself, but SPN fans go too far. They had people complaining and saying they wanted their money back, when one of the actors brought his wife to a convention.

          Also, excellent point on male friendships.

          • Sobaika

            Seriously?? It must suck the be the wife in that situation and hear that.

          • Scoobydrew

            I agree with a lot of this, but I do think Demon Ruby 2.0, Jared’s wife, was a little lackluster when compared to the first best Ruby Katie Cassidy … and that seems to be the case with most of the fans – also everyone loved Sheriff Mills.  I think part of the problem is that they just don’t keep a strong female character around long enough.  BUT it is true that the hardcore fans are pretty rabid when it comes to that kind of thing … although it did lead to some really good “Wincest” jokes in one of the episodes. 

          • snowy_owl_000

            Yeah, you’re right, I was exaggerating a bit and after all not every viewer falls into either the Wincest or the Destiel camp… Interesting that having Sera Gamble as show runner didn’t alleviate the problem either.

          • Scoobydrew

            i blame Sera Gamble for the stink that was last season … I can count on my hand the number of good episodes.  Also, I think they really threw away some opportunities… Like with Jewel Staite  – most of Supernatural’s fanbase are predisposed to love Kaylee … and  they did so little with her.  

        • IMNAngryLiberal

          To be fair, Ackles and Padalecki have precious little on-screen sexual chemistry with ANYONE (including their stints on Gilmore Girls, Dark Angel, and Smallville).

        •  Yes! Thank you for saying that!

          It cheapens all relationships when it is assumed that love and affection only exist to forward the pursuit of fucking.

        • ” It’s kind of sad that when two male characters have a bond and even a
          love for each other, people have to immediately run to cast it as a gay
          thing.” – it’s one of the things that I really like about the Hawaii 5-0 reboot. It’s one of the only shows I’ve seen in ages where straight male characters get to have emotional relationships.

      • raeb23

        while there are some wacky, overzealous SPN fans out there, the short lifespans of female characters shouldn’t be attributed solely to them…ellen, pamela barnes and sheriff mills weren’t romantic interests for the leads but the writers still didn’t know what to do with them.
        it’s definitely gotten harder to reconcile my interest in the main characters’ journeys with the treatment of female and minority characters over the years.

        • snowy_owl_000

          I was probably exaggerating a bit. 😛 It is a shame that Sera Gamble as a female show runner didn’t/couldn’t do anything to address this issue either.

        • Yeah, I don’t buy it either. The show creators might do a little fan pandering, but the portrayal of women and minorities has been pretty much unchanged since the start. Let’s not forget that they fridged two women in the pilot episode. Have you ever seen the ‘Women’s work’ vid by Luminosity and Sisabet? (Trigger warning: gratuitous violence to women).

          • raeb23

            i just looked it up…the violence was shocking to see all at once, even more so when i realised those scenes were from seasons 1&2 only!
            i wish i could say female characters were no longer only victims of the week or villains, but capable women who work with sam & dean seem to eventually meet the same fate – death. and unlike the male characters, it’s permanent.
            maybe sheriff mills will buck the trend, return to the story & make it to the end alive.

          • J. Preposterice

            I was just going to mention “Women’s Work”, because…um…THAT.  YES.  THAT.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    This character spends all his time protecting his face from any kind of scar whatsoever, while his body has been turned into hamburger (very toned hamburger, mind you)? 

    • Hmph.  It looks like he has skinny legs.  And thinking that is how I’m going to get through the day after this post and the Halle-Berry-at-46 post earlier.

      • JosephLamour

        I mean… if you don’t want skinny legs up there… I’ll take him.

  • Mike Owens

    There’s a lot there I’d like to bite.

  •  Destiny leaves its mark…. but not on his pretty pretty face.  Thank God.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      he needs somebody to firmly yet gently rub moisturizing lotion on those scars.  yeah, that’s it.

  • theblondette

    The scars look so fake! Hopefully they look better on the show. 🙂 But he IS pretty!

    Supernatural is fullll of fail.

    • emcat8

      I want to zip over to Photoshop Disasters and see if they’ve got this up — that’s some seriously horrendous Pshop work!

      • theblondette

         I know, right? They look like bad fanart.

    • raeb23

       thankfully, they do look much better on the show 🙂

  • Azurrific

    Ahh, yeah, Supernatural is one of those shows that I love but completely, completely recognize the flaws in. I enjoy it best with my brain turned off.

    I thought about watching Arrow, but wasn’t sure I was up for a live-action DC-based TV show, as much as I love archery. Maybe next week.

  • I love Supernatural as well, but you make a good point that the female characters are horribly typecast. There’s little to no dimension to any of them; they’re either the saintly mother or girlfriend, or some variation of a demon/the devil/evil incarnate. But surprisingly, I still tune in to watch it every week, just to see the different ways that the Winchesters can die and come back to life.

  • MilaXX

    Not a Supernatural fan, the show never grabbed me and the fans are truly batshit. I did watch Arrow and so far I like. I was never a big comic book nerd, but I know a teeny bit about this. I am a bit nervous about John Barrowman joining the cast. I like him fine on Torchwood & Doctor Who, but I think he’s more of a camp actor. That works in the TW/DW universe, but here he needs to play it mostly straight and I’m wondering how he will fair.

    • Sobaika

      That is true. The Supernatural fandom takes it to whole other levels.

    •  Oooh, John Barrowman’s going to be on it? I know he’s as gay as Christmas, but damn, he’s a fine, fine specimen. I may have to watch, just for him.

      • MilaXX

        I believe he appears around episode 5.

    • snowy_owl_000

      You’re absolutely right about SPN, hardcore Supernatural fans are among the scariest people on the planet! I think they are probably one reason why all female characters die before they get developed properly…

  • amf0001

    he fights with arrows and serious use of guyliner… but he looks hot.  I missed the pilot but I’ll keep an eye out for the next episode

  • V.

    Hello Photoshop!

  • The first and fifth seasons are good, but the second-fourth seasons of Supernatural contain some of the most outstanding storytelling and off the hook acting that you’ll ever see in genre television.  That said, there’s no question that it’s a straight white geeky male’s idea of the perfect TV show, Dean’s single tear of manly suffering notwithstanding.

    Green Arrow was always my favorite DC hero, so I really should be watching that show.  Is he as big a wild-eyed hippie liberal as Oliver was in the comics?

    •  “Is he as big a wild-eyed hippie liberal as Oliver was in the comics?”

      Not even CLOSE. He’s Bruce Wayne with a bow.

      • That’s disappointing. That’s like every hero nowadays. 

    •  From the one recap I read, he was certainly into…things associated with liberals and rich people.

      Also…HIS BODY. 

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      The main problem with Supernatural, in my mind, was that the story was originally designed as a 4-season story arc with a definate beginning and end….then they were offered big bucks to continue after season 4 so the last scene of season 4 was tacked on to allow the story to contine.  I pretty much lost interest in it at that point.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Your commentary about Supernatural just gave me so much life, I could power a NYC block.

  • Little_Olive

    That pose in the second picture looks contrived and the scars don’t help the overly contoured muscles (abs especially). Sexy men are more desirable when they are relaxed.

    Gawd I am critical today.

  • Mmmmm.

  • TropiCarla

    Mom and I watched the Arrow pilot last night on CW’s website. Total agreement here on the “sex on a stick” evaluation. 

    It seems like it has great potential, but the pilot did get a little heavy-handed at times as you’ve pointed out. We’re looking forward to episode 2 tonight.

    • Episode 1 sucked pretty hard, although I do love Paul Blackthorne and I am always happy to see him working. But is that the backstory? You sit on an island for 5 years and decide you need to wear a hood?

  • imspinningaround

    Why is he wearing so much eyeliner?    

  • Jamie Sanders

    I’m giving the show a chance not only because Stephen Amell is super hot, but because I went to college with Colin Donnell (who plays Tommy) and it’s pretty darn cool to see him on the small screen. I liked the pilot, but I didn’t LOVE it — but I’m willing to give it a few episodes and see what happens.

  • GenieinTX

    I started watching this because I wi

  • GenieinTX

    I started watching this because I will follow John Barrowman anywhere, but I liked it more than I thought it would.  But I am not a long standing fan of the Green Arrow and had no preconceived notions.  I was just like, super hot guy is a badass super hero and the plot doesn’t suck – OK!

  • GenieinTX

    Oh, and I meant to say that if you love JB and have not heard the Nerdist Podcast he was on, you have to go listen.  It’s hilarious and oh so not safe for work.

  • Bree The Vole

    Yeah, Supernatural is a White Heterosexual Man series in the vein of James Bond films. I loved the first two seasons and watched all the way to the fifth, but the women/people of color/gay issues eventually became too much for me.

    The only series I’ve seen that made voiceover narration work for it was the late, great Veronica Mars. It was especially fitting for the first season that was noir at heart.

  • Ana_ragu

    Apparently, he had an appendectomy performed with a chainsaw…

    • terpsichory

       Oh, I thought those marks told a cautionary tale about tentacle porn…

  • These look like Garrett Dillahunt was subjected to many tortuous rounds of real-life Photoshopping in an effort to assume a new identity – “Oh, we’ll just sand off the first few layers of your skin, hand-contour your new abs, pump you full of saline to really bring out the arm veins, and then dip you into a boiling vat of Smokey Soft Focus.”

    In all honesty, they’d be hot if his eyes weren’t so scarily dead.

    • charlotte

      So I’m not the only one who saw Garret Dillahunt!

  • The scars gross me out, not gonna lie. 
    I am sick of voiceover narration since Frank Millers abominable take on The Spirit. 
    Also, Ollie Queen always looks like Errol Flynn in my head so while I know that such a style isn’t really modern, this guy, while hot, just seems wrong to me. 
    STILL WAITING FOR A DECENT SUPERHERO THING ABOUT A WOMAN HERO THOUGH, PRODUCERS. I am a little shocked and appalled to be hearing about an Ant-Man film with nothing about super-women on the horizon yet. I’d like to see Zoe Saldana do X-Men Origins: Storm. Or someone could do a steampunk Wonder Woman movie. The latest Batman definitely suggested a Catwoman prequel (having nothing to do with Halle Barry’s terrible film). Or a revamped Oracle (just subtract the Batgirl origins) techno thriller? 

  • Sarah Thomas

    That’s a really fair critique of Supernatural. I loved the early seasons but sort of fell out around the mid-point of season five. I think one of the things I appreciated was that it was explicitly about (poor, Southern) white male paranoia, which the creators could invert by externalizing the threats in the form of monsters. I also am a sucker for meta done well, and when it was done well Supernatural gave the best meta on television.  

  • Mary229

    I loved Smallville (the middle seasons are really rough but the early years and later years are very fun and heartfelt) so I gave this show a try.  It just felt like it was trying too hard to be “gritty” and dark to me.  I’m kind of tired of this need for things to be so dark all the time.  I still prefer the original posters from 2001 with Tom Welling where Clark was bullied, beaten and strung up on the cross as the scarecrow.  After the death of Matthew Shepherd and post 9/11…that was a powerful image.

  • Mary229

    Also, am I the only one that still thinks Justin Hartley was a hotter, more “sex on a stick”  Arrow?  Because all I could think last week watching this guy (and yes, he’s really good looking) was that Hartley had more charisma.   He was more fun or something.

  • JMB_edits

    Family of nerds and we DVRed it and watched it recently.  Pretty pleased, better than we’d thought it might be, we’ll keep with it for a while.  Some things were verrrrry similar to the Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale Batman origin stuff … but hey, he seems okay with killing people.

  • KathKo

    what a heavy use of photoshop, there.
    Still, hot and juicy pictures, thanks.

    As for Supernatural, I liked the first couple of seasons, where what touched me the most was the take of brotherly relationship.
    The supernatural thing was just a joke and it was a good time show.
    But the writers always had the worst trouble writing female character.
    It got boring in the end, even the Castiel jokes went unfunny.

  • Vanja

    The poster designers at CW have gone overboard with the photoshopping. It almost looks like he’s drawn. He gorgeous though, I still haven’t deleted the first episode, just to watch the ‘hanging on the bar’ exercise over and over again. 

  • Eww. Those scars are creepy. Thanks for posting this one. No matter how hot the star is, I won’t be seeing that one. Ick. 

  • ZnSD

    woo child, where is my church fan! lawdamercy!

  • neofashionista

    I totally agree with your assessment of supernatural I actually loved the first couple shows but stopped watching it because i hated that absolutely every woman who was a love interest or really just tongue tonsil interest had to be a size 00 and have enormous tits and there was no variation on those 2 requirements… disturbing

  • I watched Arrow simply because it was on before Supernatural, and that scene with him climbing the salmon ladder pretty much guaranteed a repeat viewing for me. 

    I love Supernatural though I agree with Tom’s assessment and also that there are crazy fans out there. I’m a crazy fan of the show in that I’ll discuss plot points happily to death, but not of any of the hardcore stuff that goes on outside it. I just enjoy it for what it is — two easy on the eyes men (and sometimes one easy on the eyes angel) driving around in an Impala, taking out monsters and demons. There are enough great episodes mixed in to keep me hooked.

  • Thank Jesus for the new “Celebrity” tag.

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  • Verascity

    I watched season one, but I never enjoyed the show enough to get past the (to me glaring) social commentary flaws. It was like Glee for me in that.

  • those posters are seriously overworked, but yeah, amells dreamy!
    the pilot was decent. it could improve, stay mediocre, or go off the rails. i want it to improve, of course, but im also reminded of nikita, which i lost interest in half a season in. for now im stickin with arrow and keeping my fingers crossed.

  • Jesus Christ. Those abs. That pelvis…that…(…)