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"Come on. I don't belong up here — fighting aliens and monsters and super villains. I just help the little guy."[1]

Green Arrow (real name Oliver "Ollie" Queen) was an archery-mastered superhero recruited into the Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion, largely to serve as the team's political conscience.


Oliver Queen

Oliver Queen.

Oliver "Ollie" Queen came from a wealthy background, though he decided to become a vigilante who would fight for the "little guy." A skilled archer, he developed an arsenal of trick arrows with various functions and dubbed himself Green Arrow. He also took in and trained a younger protégé named Roy Harper, who would be known as Speedy.

Holding strong left-wing views from an early age, he joined protests against nuclear power while in college.[1] At some point in time, he sold his billion-dollar company (presumably named Queen Industries).[2]

Justice League roll call[]

Green Arrow was summoned to enlist in the new-expanded Justice League. However, as he failed to reply, Green Lantern John Stewart showed up when he was thwarting a grocery store robbery and teleported him into the orbiting JL Watchtower. There, Green Arrow saw the assembled superheroes which now numbered about a hundred, but he was still skeptical about joining such an organization. His main concern was helping the underprivileged in society which, according to him, tended to be forgotten by the Justice League which struck him as a bunch of show-offs focused on "monsters and aliens and super-villains" rather than helping the "little guy".

Not wanting to be teleported again, he insisted on going back to Earth with Stewart, Supergirl, and Captain Atom on a Javelin spaceship in order that they could drop him off at home following a mission.[1]

Green Victory

Green Arrow victorious.

Green Arrow was involuntarily dragged into the mission which involved investigating a radioactive accident in Chong-Mai. The authorities insisted that the incident was under control and the Leaguers depart. Naturally distrustful of authority, Arrow set off to track the root of the problem on his own. He came upon a gigantic flaming creature that blazed everything that crossed its path. Green Arrow attempted to repel it with his explosive arrows, but all in vain. Upon Captain Atom's failure to shut down the behemoth's reactor, Green Arrow attached a containment rod to an arrow, and hit the target with great dexterity.

Green Arrow was impressed by the League's resources which included the Javelin spaceships and by the way they risked their lives in dealing with the threat in Chong-Mai. Nevertheless, he still felt he would not fit in with such an organisation even when Batman asked him to be the team's conscience. However, he did decide to hang around when he happened to notice the very attractive Black Canary.[1]


Following the mission in Chong-Mai, Green Arrow befriended Supergirl, and the two started to hang out. As a result, Green Arrow assisted Kara in unraveling the mystery behind her eerie dreams.[3] Sometime later, Black Canary sought his help with a secret mission. Green Arrow was reluctant at first, but eventually accepted, if only to get to know her. They broke into the Meta-Brawl fight arena to bail Wildcat out, but they failed to convince him. After Black Canary proposed to defeat Wildcat in the arena, in exchange for his freedom, Green Arrow knocked her out with a gas arrow and took her place to fight Wildcat. Green Arrow taunted and provoked Wildcat into beating him to a pulp. Right about when Wildcat delivered the coup de grâce, Green Arrow staged his death by using a metabolic stunner on himself. This maneuver not only caused Wildcat to relinquish the arena, but it also won him Black Canary's affection. Arrow and Canary became an item from that point on.[2]

Political views[]

During the Project Cadmus affair, Green Arrow's place as the team's conscience proved invaluable in preventing the League from succumbing to the same kind of violent temptation that created the tyrannical Justice Lords. When Superman was resolute to bring down Cadmus by force, Green Arrow advocated a more diplomatic approach. As one of the few non-powered heroes, and with strong left-wing convictions aided by an eloquent sophistication, Green Arrow rationalized the existence of Cadmus as a necessary means for the government to protect the people in case the League went rogue. This perspective was pivotal in dissuading the heroes from taking a more drastic course of action, which could lead to war with the government and likely the world.

At one stage, the League's Binary Fusion Generator was hijacked by an enemy who used it to destroy Cadmus's HQ and much of the surrounding city. Green Arrow was part of the rescue teams which went to the area but when the people learned that the League was reponsible for the disaster they turned their backs on them, making even Arrow question his involvement with the organisation.[4]

Eventually, the ones who were really responsible for the disaster were brought down, but even the League's founding members decided that it was best to call it a day. When Superman announced the disbandment of the Justice League, Green Arrow acted once again as the voice of the people ― coming full circle with Batman's original intentions for him ― and stepped up, declaring how the world needed them. Now that he understood their purpose and the good they could do for the people, he refused to quit and asserted that the League would go on with or without its charter members, which was enough for Superman to reconsider.

"You remember what we did yesterday? We saved the world – again. You don’t think that has any value, well think again, pal. The Justice League goes on, with or without you. Look, nobody can question your service or commitment to making things better. If you’re quitting because you think you’ve already done your fair share, fine, we'll throw you a parade. But if you’re quitting because it’s easier than continuing the fight, then you’re not the heroes we all thought you were. The world needs the Justice League... and the Justice League needs you, Superman."[5]

Later adventures[]

Green Arrow carried on as an active member of the Justice League. He was part of the team that prevented the Legion of Doom from stealing the Viking ship. In this mission, he single-handedly broke into their submersible and released the towed ship.[6] Green Arrow later attended a commemorative parade in Metropolis in Superman's place, alongside Stargirl, S.T.R.I.P.E., Vigilante, and Shining Knight. When an empowered Wade Eiling crashed into the parade and engaged the heroes, Green Arrow faced him with all his might, spending all his arsenal of trick arrows. He called Mr. Terrific for backup and got the Crimson Avenger and Speedy, his old sidekick. Green Arrow and Speedy seemed to have some unresolved issues, but given the circumstances, they postponed their squabble and combined their last resort, two quantum arrows, to unleash a concussion blast. However, their effort was ineffective in the face of Eiling's superior strength.[7]

Green Arrow maintained a friendly relationship with Supergirl. She would often hang out with him and Black Canary — something that Arrow brought to Superman's attention, as he noted that the Man of Steel was neglecting his foster cousin. By now, the two men had themselves become close since they referred to each other as "Ollie" and "Clark".

On her 21st birthday, Supergirl, Arrow and Lantern were abducted by Brainiac 5 to the 31st century. The last standing members of the Legion of Super-Heroes needed help to defeat the Fatal Five and free their mind-controlled colleagues. After they succeeded, they were made honorary member of the Legion and Arrow and Lantern went back to their own time — without Supergirl who, with Arrow's encouragement, had started a romance with Brainiac 5. In the present, Arrow assured Superman that Kara knew how proud he was of her.[8]

During Darkseid's last invasion of Earth, Green Arrow and Black Canary fought side-by-side against the invading forces in Rome.[9]


"And Black Canary said a buzz-saw arrow was self-indulgent."[6]

Green Arrow possessed an arsenal of trick arrows that include, but are not limited to:

Trick arrow

Green Arrow's boxing glove arrow.

Background information[]

  • According to the commentary track of the 2007 film Superman: Doomsday, during the early development of Justice League Unlimited, actor James Marsters was almost cast to voice Green Arrow in the series, but Kin Shriner was ultimately cast instead.[12]
  • Per the July 25-31 issue of TV Guide, upon the excitement of being cast as Green Arrow, Kin Shriner showed up at the recording studio dressed as Green Arrow.


Justice League Unlimited

See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Berkowitz, Stan (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director) (July 31, 2004). "Initiation". Justice League Unlimited. Season 1. Episode 1 (airdate). Episode 1 (production). Cartoon Network.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Goodman, Robert (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director) (February 5, 2005). "The Cat and the Canary". Justice League Unlimited. Season 1. Episode 14 (airdate). Episode 14 (production). Cartoon Network.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Berkowitz, Stan (story) & Goodman, Robert (teleplay) & Riba, Dan (director) (September 4, 2004). "Fearful Symmetry". Justice League Unlimited. Season 1. Episode 6 (airdate). Episode 4 (production). Cartoon Network.
  4. McDuffie, Dwayne (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director) (July 2, 2005). "Flashpoint". Justice League Unlimited. Season 1. Episode 23 (airdate). Episode 23 (production). Cartoon Network.
  5. McDuffie, Dwayne (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director) (July 16, 2005). "Divided We Fall". Justice League Unlimited. Season 1. Episode 25 (airdate). Episode 25 (production). Cartoon Network.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 McDuffie, Dwayne (writer) & Riba, Dan (director) (September 24, 2005). "To Another Shore". Justice League Unlimited. Season 2. Episode 4 (airdate). Episode 30 (production). Cartoon Network.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Wayne, Matt (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director) (February 25, 2006). "Patriot Act". Justice League Unlimited. Season 2. Episode 7 (airdate). Episode 33 (production). Cartoon Network.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 McDuffie, Dwayne (story) & Dini, Paul (teleplay) & Riba, Dan (director) (April 15, 2006). "Far From Home". Justice League Unlimited. Season 2. Episode 10 (airdate). Episode 36 (production). Cartoon Network.
  9. McDuffie, Dwayne (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director) (May 13, 2006). "Destroyer". Justice League Unlimited. Season 2. Episode 13 (airdate). Episode 39 (production). Cartoon Network.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Simone, Gail (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director) (June 4, 2005). "Double Date". Justice League Unlimited. Season 1. Episode 19 (airdate). Episode 19 (production). Cartoon Network.
  11. Ellis, Warren (writer) & Riba, Dan (director) (December 11, 2004). "Dark Heart". Justice League Unlimited. Season 1. Episode 10 (airdate). Episode 10 (production). Cartoon Network.
  12. Superman: Doomsday commentary track

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