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Iaccino, James F., Cory Barker, and Myc Wiatrowski, eds. Arrow and Superhero Television: Essays on themes and characters of the series. Jefferson: McFarland, 2017. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-9787-4
BibTeX citation key: Iaccino2017
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Keywords: "Green Arrow", Adaptation, Collection of essays, Film adaptation, Superhero, TV, USA
Creators: Barker, Iaccino, Wiatrowski
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson)
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This collection of new essays focuses on The CW network’s hit television series Arrow—based on DC Comic’s Green Arrow—and its spin-offs The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. Comic book adaptations have been big business for film studios since Superman (1978) and in recent years have dominated at the box office—five of the 11 highest grossing films of 2016 were adapted from comics. Superheroes have battled across the small screen for considerably longer, beginning with The Adventures of Superman (1952–1958), though with mixed results. The contributors explore the reasons behind Arrow’s success, its representation of bodies, its portrayal of women, its shifting political ideologies, and audience reception and influence on storylines.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (v)
James F. Iaccino, Cory Barker and Myc Wiatrowski: Introduction (1)

I. Theoretical Approaches to Understanding Arrow
Lisa K. Perdigao: “I must become something else”: The Evolution of The CW’s Arrow (11)
Perry Dantzler: Reading the Body, Deciphering the Text: Arrow’s Multiliteracies, Superheroics and Merging Multimodalities (27)
James F. Iaccino: The Arrow and His Villainous Counterparts: An Examination of Their Journeys Toward Psychic Transformation (46)

II. Muscles, Scars and Tattoos
Juan Llamas-Rodriguez: Working Out as Creative Labor, or the Building of the Male Superhero’s Body (61)
Evan Hayles Gledhill: Twenty Percent of His Body: Scar Tissue, Masculinity and Identity in Arrow (78)
Sara K. Howe: Beyond Wounds and Words: The Rhetoric of Scarred Embodiment in Arrow (95)
John Carter McKnight: The Mark of Cain: Bodies, Belonging and the Bratva (111)

III. Sexism and Empowerment in Arrow
Ashley Lynn Carlson: Simians, Cyborgs and Smoak: Felicity’s Gendered Roles (124)
Katherine E. Whaley and Justin Wigard: Sexism, Heroism and Morality in The CW’s Arrow and DC Comics’ Green Arrow (136)

IV. Politics and Diversity in Arrow
Antonio Pineda and Jesús Jiménez-Varea: “You have failed this city”: Arrow, Left-Wing Vigilantism and the Modern Day Robin Hood (150)
Rodney A. Thomas, Jr.: “What, O.J. and Charles Manson weren’t available?” DC Comics, The CW’s Arrow and the Quest for Racial Diversity (167)

V. The Influence of Arrow’s Fandom World and Fandom Building
Mélanie Bourdaa and Bertha Chin: Extending the Universe of Arrow in Arrow 2.5 (177)
Tanya R. Cochran and Meghan K. Winchell: When Fans Know Best: Oliciters Right the Ship (191)

Filmography (209)
Bibliography (215)
About the Contributors (227)
Index (231)

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