Willa Holland Discusses Warner Bros. Shutting Down Arrow's Suicide Squad Plans

When it comes to Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s comic universes, they’ve remained adamant that their television and cinematic universes remain separate.
But one of the problems that has arisen as a result of this separation is that Warner Bros. is essentially limiting how the television universe operates and what they’re allowed to use as far as storylines and characters. But when you think about it, it shouldn’t really be a problem given that they’re separate universes that won’t ever collide.
This problem hasn’t been more prevalent than on Arrow, which launched DC Comics into this new age of television. There have been certain storylines that they’ve been allowed to explore long before Warner Bros. and DC began its vast cinematic universe. But on multiple occasions Arrow has had certain storylines and characters ripped away from them because WB wanted to use them in the cinematic universe — you know, a completely separate universe.
Arrow‘s Willa Holland recently spoke to The Mirror about the frustration that came with Warner Bros. taking away the Suicide Squad that Arrow had begun to form in its second season.
“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 recalled. “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 ax all of the characters before we even got to show them, which was a little annoying at first.”
If you’re keeping track, Arrow has most recently axed Deadshot and Amanda Waller, who were a vital part of the Suicide Squad storyline.
Holland also discussed her frustration with Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin not being included as their respected heroes in DCCU’s Justice League.
“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 that Grant [Gustin] would be playing the Flash,” Holland said. “It seemed like the right normal answer, and — 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. So you just have to sit there on your hands, like okay, I get it!”
Holland believes that DC could take a lesson from Marvel in how it integrates its television and cinematic universes.
Marvel does it in their own weird right, kind of 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.”
This isn’t the first time that Arrow has suffered at the expense of DC’s Cinematic Universe. Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, was taken off the table once this uniform cinematic universe began expanding, as well as plans to bring Harley Quinn onto Arrow around season two were both axed in favor of the DCCU.
Once again it makes you wonder: If these two universes are separate, why can’t there be two Suicide Squads? Why can’t there be two of anything? There are going to be two different Flashes — Barry Allens, to be precise — given that the DCCU decided to go with Ezra Miller in the cinematic universe instead of its established television Flash, Grant Gustin.
To me it appears as if Warner Bros. and DC are willing to do anything for its cinematic universe rather its television universe, which has put it on the map. And that’s troubling.

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