Arrowverse viewers bid farewell to Green Arrow after eight seasons with the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event, which saw him sacrificed. While it was on The CW, Arrow gave fans of Oliver Queen’s green-clad vigilantism an excellent screen adaptation, and it quickly rose to the top as one of their most popular shows (spoilers for Arrow’s series finale will follow soon!)
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What are Arrow fans supposed to do now that Stephen Amell has hung up his arrow? They could watch the other Arrowverse shows like The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow to keep themselves occupied, but it’s possible they’d prefer to watch something that helped them forget about Oliver Queen’s death.
Fans who miss their favorite DC Comics-inspired Greg Berlanti production (when they’re not watching their other favorite Greg Berlanti production) can stream a variety of shows, ranging from lighthearted comic book fun to intense action adventure stories, to help fill the void. Arrow fans who haven’t seen any of these shows yet should check them out.
1. Daredevil (Netflix)
Only a few live-action superhero series have lasted as long as Arrow. In that respect, it differs significantly from the Marvel comics-based series, which was unfairly and prematurely canceled after only three seasons on Netflix due to its complexity, cleverness, and brutality.
While Daredevil introduces a protagonist with a tragic past, Arrow introduces a vigilante vigilante who uses his day job as a cover for his nightly vigilante justice. In this case, the hero is Hell’s Kitchen lawyer Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox), who was blinded in a chemical accident, but his other senses have been enhanced to extraordinary levels, which come in handy when destroying criminals. Daredevil is a one-in-a-million kind of comic book TV show that brings its source material to the real world in the most refreshing way as a courtroom drama, a martial arts thriller, and an all-around gorgeously dark and shockingly graphic action spectacle. You can watch it on Netflix right now.
2. Supernatural (Netflix, The CW)
The CW’s fantasy procedural, which is currently in its fifteenth and final season, was not cancelled too soon. As brothers Dean and Sam Winchester, played by Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki on Supernatural, they have vowed to carry on their father’s legacy by hunting and killing anything that goes “bump in the night,” with the help of an angel named Castiel.
The CW series Supernatural, which also revolves around ordinary people thrust into extraordinary situations, has been known to indulge in its own campiness without shame (a Scooby-Doo crossover episode was its pinnacle), despite beginning as a more straightforward horror drama. Although it has become a beloved TV series, the secret to its enduring success is its camera-winking, B-movie cheesiness. You can watch it on Netflix or The CW.
3. Titans (DC Universe)
The Green Arrow/Arrowverse crossover episodes are always a treat to see because they take place in a shared universe. For better or worse, how about a series in which heroes form a team instead of waiting for a pow wow to get together with their costumed colleagues?
A group of young vigilantes, including Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Starfire (Anna Diop), and Beast Boy (Ryan Potter), band together to fight the evils of the world in Titans, an adaptation of DC’s Teen Titans series. The third season of this DC Universe exclusive (which has yet to debut) is just what you’re looking for if you grew up loving the animated Teen Titans series but now crave something with a far more mature edge than that. You can watch it on DC Universe by clicking this link.
4. Riverdale (Netflix, The CW)
CW hit Arrow is not the only comic-book show to inspire multiple spin-offs in the same shared universe. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa adapted the iconic Archie comic into the primetime teen soap opera Riverdale as yet another attempt to give a famously family-friendly comic book property a mature edge.
K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, Veronica (Camila Mendes) and other characters’ daily struggles have inspired other CW series Katy Keene, starring Lucy Hale, and another chilling spin-off that found a home on Netflix. Nevertheless, none of them have had the same cultural impact as the central series. Currently in its fourth season, Riverdale is a gripping drama full of surprises that will keep you engrossed. You can watch it on Netflix or The CW.
5. The Walking Dead (Netflix)
We can all agree that Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen has done a lot for archery in the MCU, along with Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye and Katniss in The Hunger Games. The crossbow was popularized by Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead, especially for hunting down the dead, before Arrow made bows and arrows cool again.
Officer Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) search for his family after he wakes up in a zombie-infested world is the starting point of the hugely popular AMC series, which was also inspired by a well-known comic book. It plays out like a George A. Romero film stretched out over the course of 10 seasons (and soon to be 11). Fear the Walking Dead’s spin-off series does not have the same amount of crossbow action, but if you enjoy watching the drama of regular people in an undeniably stressful situation, look no further than this show. You can watch it on Netflix right now.
6. The Boys (Amazon Prime)
When it comes to being a costumed vigilante, Oliver Queen is the kind of hero to aspire to. Those “heroes” in the world of The Boys, none of whom would be expected to appear in the Arrowverse, do not fit that description.
Based on the Garth Ennis comic book series, Amazon Prime’s original series The Boys depicts a world where superheroes are more concerned with maintaining a clean public image than they are with saving lives. This brilliant satire uses comic book tropes to poke fun at the current state of celebrity and is led by vengeful ex-CIA operative Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) and his band of powerless underground vigilantes who are hellbent on uncovering the truth about the people in capes. You can watch it for free with Amazon Prime by clicking here.
7. Burn Notice (Hulu, Amazon Prime)
In the same way that Oliver Queen defends Starling City in Arrow, someone taking the law into their own hands and bringing their own brand of justice to right wrongs is extremely satisfying. Although Michael Weston (Jeffrey Donovan), the main character of the popular USA series Burn Notice, is similar to Green Arrow in that he uses his expert-level sleuthing skills to defeat evil, he doesn’t do it out of loyalty to his hometown. His actions are driven by desperation rather than choice.
After being “burned,” a slang term meaning “fired and cut off” in the world of espionage, Michael Weston is relocated against his will to Miami and forced to work as a private investigator until he can figure out who burned him and reclaim his former job. This is a fun show that imagines what a James Bond-type would do if he was forced into early retirement, with Gabrielle Anwar and Bruce Campbell playing his friends. You can watch it on Hulu or Amazon Prime Video.
8. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)
One of the few CW shows based on comic books that has created a shared universe (Riverdale) is Arrow, and one of its spin-offs has found a permanent home on Netflix. But the fact that Kiernan Shipka from Mad Men’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the titular enchanted teen, is not made for network television, because this series really lives up to its name, makes sense.
Expecting something more along the lines of Melissa Joan Hart’s ABC sitcom, you’ll be sorely let down by this adaptation of the Archie spin-off comic. This Sabrina Spellman is more prone to demonic possession and run-ins with Satanists. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a unique take on the horror genre from the perspective of a heroine who thought high school would be her worst nightmare, and it has already dropped three seasons. You can watch it on Netflix right now.
9. Spartacus (Sling, Starz)
When you’re done with your latest episode of Arrow, why not switch things up and fight crime in the gladiator ring? As Steven DeKnight’s bloodiest project to date, his 2011 series “Spartacus: Resurrection” retold the story of an ancient arena warrior who led a revolt against the Roman Empire.
What do the three seasons of Starz’s Spartacus, which aired from 2011 to 2013, have to do with Arrow? Several actors from Spartacus went on to star in recurring roles in the Arrowverse, such as Manu Bennett (Deathstroke), Nick E. Taraday (Captain Boomerang), and Cynthia Addai-Robinson after Andy Whitfield’s death from cancer (Amanda Waller). The show is also one of the most engrossing historical dramas I’ve seen in a long time. You can watch it on Sling or Starz.
What are your thoughts on this? What do you think? Does this list do justice to the Arrow fan in you, or is it a sin? Let us know what you think in the comments below, and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more information on the Arrowverse and other streaming options.
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