Willa Holland Shares Her Frustrations With WB’s Treatment of ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash’

By May 30, 2016

It’s no secret that there have been frustrations amongst some of the DC TV alumni regarding Warner Bros.’ decision to leave their TV and film universes separate. It’s also no secret that Arrow‘s entire Suicide Squad lineup and plans were essentially axed by the movie studio when production and movement began on Task Force X’s standalone movie, which is set to hit theatres later this year.

While appearing at MCM Comic Con in London as well (via The Daily Mirror), none other than Thea Queen herself, Willa Holland, shared some of her frustrations towards the studio’s treatment of the DC TV shows like Flash and Arrow, saying how DC could learn from Marvel:

“Marvel does it in their own weird way – the mash between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and the movies and stuff. So it’s a little upsetting because you know it is possible and it can be done and how good it would be if it was done.”

She went on to add that Grant Gustin would “kill it” as The Flash on the big screen saying, “Basically you’re giving the world two different Flashes all of a sudden,” which is something that I think a number of the other DC TV cast members have voiced their frustrations with previously as well, though I think it’s become a bit of an accepted truth at this point.

Holland also brought up the Suicide Squad movie’s interference with Arrow‘s initial plans, which included the introduction and long arc of none other than Harley Quinn, who was briefly referenced in season 2 before Margot Robbie was cast as the character. The show apparently even had its own Arkham Asylum created as well, before the studio’s movie plans came together more and forced the Arrow creative team to essentially squash theirs.

“When DC found out they were going to be doing their own movie we had to axe all of the characters before we even got to show them. It was annoying at first and then when Stephen found out there was going to be a Justice League movie it only seemed, rightly so, he would be playing Green Arrow on it as well as Grant playing the Flash. It just seemed like the right normal answer. Once they said no, you can’t really fight against them for it, because they are the people that gave us a job in the first place. You just have to sit there on your hands, like okay, I get it!”

It’s easy to say that Marvel’s interconnected universe is doing it right, until you realize that Agents of SHIELD star Chloe Bennet recently called out Marvel Studios for their resistance to interact with the MCU’s TV shows as well, so it seems like the frustration exists within both DC and Marvel’s TV stars at this point.

The sudden death of the Suicide Squad in Arrow was a noticeable one though, which left a majority of the show’s fans cold after two seasons of setting the team’s characters up, including Harley Quinn, only to see all those seeds eventually only add up to two Squad-centric episodes.

If DC was really planning on letting the multiverse live and breathe though, then I’m surprised they put such a stop to these kinds of plans, especially since all it would have done is raised awareness of the property ahead of the film’s release, though on the other hand, I suppose some could say it would have only raised confusion. At this point though, with Arrow‘s fan support continuing to drop, the return of the Suicide Squad would seem like a Godsend at this point.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • A

    I would rather watch what DC is doing on TV. The movies they do are the modern incarnation of what super hero movies used to be. They have talent on the small screen and I have to wonder if extending that to the theater would allow them to catch up to marvel the way that their rushed sloppy attempts haven’t. It’s a risk but marvel hasn’t gotten where they are by playing 100% safe.

    • Karolus Magnus

      They sort of had played it safe, that why Loki was (and will remain) a recurrent character. DCU is 8 years too late, that’s all. The greatest mistake they’re both committing is to fall in the PG pile of action movies when the source material is everything but that. How are we supposed to fee for them if we don’t see them broken in both spirit and body?

  • David Johnson

    Loved the #Arrow for the 1st 2 Season then the writing seemed to start falling apart. By Season 4 it was just going down hill. I know it has nothing to do with the Fans DCverse but I’m sticking with FOX #Gotham which is such a Prequel it has nothing to do with the movies! Plus the Fan War over Felicity or Laurel battle is getting rather heated.

  • PNutButty

    I kind of agree with her DC universe would be more fun if the movies meshed with the tv shows.

  • Karolus Magnus

    Not letting Stephen and Grant play The Green Arrow and The Flash is a huge mistake. If DC has established a solid fan base with their TV shows is because of The Green Arrow and The Flash. From my perspective WB is giving the finger to 2 of the strongest TV shows nowadays.