10 Ways Arrow Would Be Different If It Were On Netflix

Is it really just a poor man's Daredevil?

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Trying to compare Arrow to Daredevil often feels like comparing apples to oranges. They may have similar subject matter but they’re clearly being made for vastly different audiences. Netflix is aiming for an adult drama while The CW is after a more teen-oriented viewership.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with The CW wanting to capture this demographic, but it has often felt as if the show’s material has never quite gelled with the network’s mandate. The result has been a mixed bag that’s started to feel less like a superhero show and more like a relationship drama.

Gone are the days when Oliver's betrayal of Slade Wilson led to an emotionally-charged war for the city. Now Arrow seems more focused on how Oliver and Felicity are handling their romantic life.

Conversely, Daredevil and to a lesser extent Jessica Jones, feel like the type of shows that Arrow should be, and the kind it still would be were it also on Netflix.

At a certain point, it becomes hard to completely blame the writers of Arrow for its recent failings when it’s clear that most of the audience complaining was never what The CW wanted in the first place.

So in an imagined scenario where another network with different fans in mind took over this property, there's more than a few changes that would be in store.

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