'Arrow' star Willa Holland speaks at the 2016 MCM London Comic Con (Image Credit: Twitter)
'Arrow' star Willa Holland speaks at the 2016 MCM London Comic Con (Image Credit: Twitter)

Thea Queen actress blasts studio interference over Arrow’s Suicide Squad plans

Love it or hate it, DC Comics have taken a decidedly different approach when it comes to their television/movie projects in comparison to their major rival, Marvel. While The Avengers may not interact much with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Daredevil, they do take place in the same fictional universe. However, DC’s film universe is completely separate from its TV shows, which has been a major point of contention for many of those shows’ stars. The latest to voice her aggravation is Arrow‘s Willa Holland (Thea Queen), who spoke to the Daily Mirror this past weekend at the MCM London Comic Con.

At the same event last year, it was Holland who confirmed the news that Arrow was no longer allowed to use the Harley Quinn character due to the upcoming Suicide Squad film. After a brief tease in Season Two in an A.R.G.U.S. holding cell, Quinn was never seen or mentioned again. The Suicide Squad film was also the reason Arrow was forced to hastily kill off their versions of Deadshot and Amanda Waller.

Here’s what Holland had to say about the matter this past weekend:

“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.”

Holland also voiced her frustration with the Justice League movie and the casting of Ezra Miller as the Flash:

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“It was annoying at first and then when Stephen [Amell] 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 [Gustin] playing the Flash. It just seemed like the right normal answer.”

Holland’s co-panelist Katrina Law (Nyssa al Ghul) agreed that Amell and Gustin would “kill it” if they were allowed to play their characters on the big screen. “Basically you’re giving the world two different Flashes all of a sudden,” Holland said.

Most frustrating to Holland, though, is the example Marvel has provided on how things could be done:

“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.”

In the end, though, Holland was resigned to the fact that there’s no use fussing over it now:

“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!”

We may not get to see Gustin’s Flash onscreen with Amell’s Green Arrow and the Justice League, but at least we can look forward to next season’s epic crossover between Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow.