Michael: Except, they don’t really. Arrow has random allusions to comic book stuff, name drops and the like, but it really has nothing to do with the comics. Felicity is a name from Firestorm, but the character has nothing to do with her comic counterpart whatsoever. They’ll do stuff like fight in a parking lot on the corner of Denis and O’neill and no one needs to even know that that’s a joke.
My friend Connie is a huge fan of the show. She and I talk about it every week. But she has no real back knowledge of Green Arrow and doesn’t need any. That’s what makes the show work, but even then, it only has 1/3 of the viewers of AoS. It just gets away with it because CW has lower expectations than ABC.