Arrow's Willa Holland Fires at DC for Killing Off Suicide Squad and Re-Casting The Flash

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 - 5:02PM
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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 - 5:02PM
Arrow's Willa Holland Fires at DC for Killing Off Suicide Squad and Re-Casting The Flash
DC has famously kept their TV and movie universes separate, which has led to a thriving DCTV universe and a few controversial casting decisions on the movie side. Now, Arrow's Willa Holland is speaking out about the DCEU staying separate from the TV shows, and apparently thinks that DC could take a cue from Marvel and combine the two universes.
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"Marvel does it in their own weird way - the mash between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and the movies and stuff," Holland said at MCM London Comic Con (via The Mirror). "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."
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Holland was unusually blunt about DC's machinations behind-the-scenes, and said that she thought both Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin would "kill it" if they reprised their Flarrow roles in the films. And like Amell, she blasted the decision to re-cast The Flash with Ezra Miller: "Basically you're giving the world two different Flashes all of a sudden."

I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I agree that Grant Gustin would have been amazing in a movie version of The Flash (although Ezra Miller is great as well), but on the other hand, part of the reason the DC TV shows have found so much success is that they aren't tied closely to the movies, so they have more creative freedom. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has improved over the past few seasons, but for a long time it was basically just a long commercial for the MCU, and the Marvel/Netflix shows are great precisely because they're almost in their own universe. 

But, on the other hand, it looks like Arrow doesn't really get to have creative freedom separate from the movies, as DC forced them to kill off their version of Suicide Squad and cancel plans for an Arkham Asylum adaptation.

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"We get it, we're not going to fight about it anymore. When DC found out they were going to be doing their own [Suicide Squad] 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."
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Overall, it seems like there are benefits and drawbacks to both approaches. But considering that the shows—especially The Flash—are much more critically acclaimed than the movies so far, Gustin might have reason to be glad that Batman v Superman isn't a blemish on his resume.
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