Arrow’s very own Thea Queen / Speedy – played on screen by Willa Holland – has offered some pretty realistic and deserved critique directed at both DC Comics and Warner Bros. highlighting the blatant disconnect between DC Comics’ cinematic universe and its television universe.
Although I’m pretty certain that this will land her in hot water with Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ powers at be, I feel that it is critique that needs to be heard – and something that I wholeheartedly agree with. For those who read the blog regularly and follow me on Facebook, you’ll know that I have been discussing this for some time!
Speaking with The Mirror, Willa expressed her frustration:
“We were about season two when they started telling us we had to start basically killing off the Suicide Squad that we were starting to build on our own,” Holland explained. “We were actually trying to build that on our own on the show, and I guess once DC found out they were going to be doing their own movie of it, we had to axe all of the characters before we even got to show them, which was a little annoying at first.”
Willa Holland also expressed how both Stepehn Amell and Grant Gustin were equally disappointed that neither were first choice to play Green Arrow or The Flash in the upcoming Justice League movies, going on to say:
“You can’t really fight against them for it, because they are the people that gave us a job in the first place. So you just have to sit there on your hands, like, okay, I get it!”
I do understand her frustration, especially when comparing DC Comics to their rivals, Marvel, who have meshed their cinematic and television universes well in the past – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and the recently axed Agent Carter in particular. While there is still some way to go with regards to overall acknowledgement between Marvel’s television and cinematic universes – shows on Netflix, for example, are yet to be featured/mentioned in a movie – it’s still less of a gaping chasm that that which is appearing in the DC Comics line up, which seems to ignore the existence of the television universe entirely, within the realms of the DC extended universe.
While the ‘infinite universe’ argument does also make sense, I would still argue that bridging the gap between DC’s television and cinematic universes could provide DC with a lot more success in the long run. Allowing the already well-established characters from Arrow, for example, to make appearances in Justice League, would only perpetuate the success of the characters, the television show and the movie – as well as the franchise as a whole. I mean, there is probably an enormous portion of the Arrow audience who have never picked up a comic book in their lives; allowing a crossover that bridges the gap between both, surely allows a far greater success rate than simply introducing new characters in a movie?
I also feel that it perpetuates my own beliefs that DC Comics don’t really know what they’re doing at this level (or any level, if you’ve read my feelings on New 52!), and I feel they have given Warner Bros. a disturbing amount of control that is at a detriment to the overall brand. I would also argue that the continuing, rapturous success of television shows such as Arrow and The Flash put DC extended universe’s upcoming movies (Suicide Squad and Justice League) in a relative mount of danger of becoming woefully contrived.
However, regardless of your feelings on the matter, I would also like to point out that none of this makes sense and DC Comics are doing a great job of proving my aforementioned theory right:
None of this explains why DC Comics axed the Suicide Squad from appearing in Arrow.
What has been the point of replacing the likes of The Flash and searching for a Green Arrow, yet shutting down any potential television incarnations of the likes of Amanda Waller, Deadshot or Harley Quinn? Did DC Comics and Warner Bros. feel that the success of their appearance in the television show would impede or detract from the success of the upcoming Suicide Squad movie?
I don’t know, you guys, it just feels a little fishy to me – but I am glad that Willa Holland was woman enough to speak about it in the media. Although, I do feel sorry for her and am guaranteed there will be a severe case of ‘fridging’ in the next series of Arrow, as a direct consequence of her actions recently – you heard it here first!
Anyway, what do you guys think? Let me know in the comments!