Starling City is the main location in The CW’s Arrow TV series. It is based on DC Comics’ Star City. It is the home of the Green Arrow/Oliver Queen, his family and many others on the program. It has had a tendency to attract many heroes and villains. Where and what is this place?
What is Star/Starling City?
This is a popular city in DC Comics and the main setting of Arrow. It is best-known for being home to Oliver Queen/the Green Arrow as well as his close friends and family.
After Oliver became the vigilante who would become known as the Green Arrow, it became populated with both superheroes and villain, in the present and future. Included on this list are visitors such as Barry Allen/ The Flash, and more permanent residents like Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, Ray Palmer/Atom, and many more. In the comics, a much larger list of heroes and villains have made their way to the area at some point.
- Dinah Laurel Lance/the Black Canary
- Detective Quentin Lance
- Sarah Lance/the White Canary
- Thea Queen/Speedy
- Tommy and Malcolm Merlyn
- Felicity Smoak
- John Diggle
- Roy Harper/Arsenal
What is the difference between Starling City and Star City?
Star City is Oliver Queens home in DC Comics. In the TV Series Arrow, it is known for the first 2 seasons as Starling City. The creators of the show did this as part of a more realistic tone to the series. During several early episodes of the series, the entrance and exit signs call it a “Star City”.
Also, in Season 3, Ray Palmer can be seen pitching the idea of a “Star City”. After Palmer’s apparent death in the season 3 finale, the city officially dropped the “ling” and became Star City in his memory. From season 4 on, this is what it is referred to as.
What is Starling City’s Location?
Comic books rarely get specific with map locations and even if they do, they are often contradicted in other issues. According to Wikipedia, the location of Star City is now generally considered to be in California’s San Francisco Bay area.
Previously, in other comics, it was stated be in areas such as the Great Lakes region, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. In the TV series Arrow, it is not clearly stated where the city is.
What is the filming location?
The series is filmed mostly in Vancouver, British Columbia. This area and a few more are used for establishing shots of many scenes.
Star City Map Location
Based on most recent continuity, if you are looking for Starling city, you would need to look in the San Francisco area of California.
Why have so many people failed this place?
With all of the bad guys around, The Arrow uses the sentence “You have failed this city” whenever targeting a villain he believes has wronged Starling City.
Are there any sports teams?
There is a football team named the Starling City Rockets.
How close is it to Central City?
It is not clearly stated, as references are made to travel by plane and bus to Central City. Barry Allen can run there very quickly, however. Central City is the home of Barry Allen/ The Flash and is the main setting of The CW series The Flash.
How close is it to Metropolis and Gotham City?
Neither Metropolis nor Gotham City are mentioned in the television series. In the comics, both cities are generally in the New York/New Jersey area. That would leave them on the opposite corner of the United States in most situations. Again, this is often contradicted in different issues over the more than 70 years that characters like Batman, Superman, and the Green Arrow have existed.
Star City is one of the most iconic cities in DC Comics’ history. DC has a tendency to create fictional cities for their heroes and villains to inhabit, rather than use real world locations. While this can make it tricky if you are trying to pinpoint an exact location, because comics and TV shows will often contradict themselves. However, this does allow writers the freedom to create whatever they want within each city, which means they can become whatever the story needs.