The other week came comments from “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star Chloe Bennet about Marvel Studios films essentially ignoring the series despite the pair being part of the same interconnected universe. This weekend, similar albeit more thought-out comments have been echoed on the DC side by “Arrow” actress Willa Holland.
Of course Warners has made it clear that the DC TV Universe and DC Films Universe are separate entities, and the likes of Zack Snyder, Tom Cavanaugh and Stephen Amell have commented in the past about that division. Holland, speaking with Mirror Online, spoke about the fact that she isn’t a fan of how Warners has been treating the various CW DC series which have been both a critical and commercial success:
“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. Basically you’re giving the world two different Flashes all of a sudden.”
With “Arrow” she also spoke about the show essentially had to ditch their take on the Suicide Squad two seasons in due to the film version going into production – as a result Deadshot and the like were rather quickly dumped:
“We get it, we’re not going to fight about it anymore. 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.”
How much of that studio dictation may have been involved in the decision to kill off Katie Cassidy’s Laurel Lance/Black Canary isn’t clear either, but it certainly paints an interesting picture – Marvel’s boasts a much touted interconnected universe that isn’t as interconnected as it appears, while DC’s firm ‘they’re separate’ stance with their films and TV properties isn’t as autonomous in its split divisions as it seems.