The second season of Arrow introduced its very own version of the Suicide Squad, which consisted of characters such as Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Cupid and many others. However, most of them were later killed off, even though it seemed like the Executive Producers of the series were planning to utilize the team in subsequent seasons.
It’s clear that their plans were scrapped due to David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, which will be released this summer. We’ve known for a while now that Warner Bros. is already planning a sequel for the upcoming movie, plus a spin-off movie which is said to revolve around Harley Quinn, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, so it’s safe to say that we probably won’t get to see the team on the small screen in the near future.
During a recent panel at MCM London Comic Con, Willa Holland, who plays Thea Queen/Speedy on Arrow, was asked by a fan about her thoughts on the decision to kill off the characters on the show. Here’s her response:
“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. 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.
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. 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!
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.”
As someone who stopped watching Arrow a couple of seasons ago, I have to admit that I personally don’t mind that there won’t be more of the team on the show, but I’m sure that there are many fans out there who are against that decision. I doubt that the studio would do something like that if they didn’t have big plans for the characters, so despite the fact that they won’t be on Arrow, we’ll still get plenty of movies with them as long as they continue making money. What do you guys think?