‘Arrow’ Kills: Why Oliver Queen Uses Lethal Means

The Oliver Queen of “Arrow” fame deviates from other DC Comics heroes like Superman and Batman in one key way: he kills criminals when the need arises.

The big question is… why?

Stephen Amell, star of The CW’s comic book adaptation, has an answer. Speaking with SFX Magazine, Amell said that Queen needs to kill his enemies because any other outcome wouldn’t be realistic.

See what he had to say below:

“The central character of all the great shows on television, and I don’t list these names to draw comparisons, but as an example – Tony Soprano, Walter White, Don Draper – these are all incredibly flawed people that do regrettable things, terrible things, unforgivable things. But as long as they’re pursuing an overall goal, and as long as they engage the audience, that’s why those shows resonate. I’ve always wanted to play somebody who was unflinching, who set up for something and followed through with it. That’s why we have to kill people on the show, because he’s trying to clean up the city. To think that there wouldn’t be collateral damage, that would be farcical.”

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