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C.j. Harding

Alright. It's time once again, dear readers, for me to grant you an article which you may read and summarily rip to pieces because that's what comic book purists do. So. Now that that's out of the way. I have to admit, I really want to see Arrow in the DCCU for a plethora of reasons, most of them relating back to the part of my lecture where I just put down the powerpoint clicker and look at you with intensity and shout at you "STEPHEN AMELL ROCKS AS GREEN ARROW!!!!"
So, without further ado, let the shouting begin.


I'm not a groupie. I don't follow him on all four major social networks. I don't take time out of my day to make sure that my Amell shrine is in perfect working order. I don't even have an Amell shrine. I just think that the CW hit the mark (see what I did there?) with their casting in this show. Stephen Amell has the perfect level of intensity as the Arrow and does an awesome "public-face" Oliver Queen portrayal. There's no hiding anything with his character. He's all-in. Oliver Queen is now the mask, not the Arrow. In the show, Oliver has become so engrossed in his crusade against crime in Starling City that he's even started living out of the Arrowcave. He doesn't live at home anymore because of tensions with Moira, and he doesn't have anywhere else to go. He is a full-time vigilante now.


Okay. Can we just admit at this point that the show has become a microcosm of the DC Comics Universe? If Arrow was connected to the current cinematic universe, established in the same timeline as the Man of Steel films, there's already about six or seven characters already cast, for better or for worse. Just on Team Arrow alone, you have three heroes in the Arrow, Black Canary, and Arsenal (yes, Roy is going to be Arsenal in the show, not Red Arrow or Speedy). Then you have the newly minted Flash in Grant Gustin, who did a fantastic job as everybody's favorite Scarlet Speedster, the Huntress, Deathstroke, Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Harley Quinn, Shrapnel (come on, you know he survived that bomb somehow), and Nightwing, who is slotted to make an appearance in the show at some point. Ra's Al Ghul has been namedropped, and Nyssa has shown up in the show. S.T.A.R. Labs has been mentioned several times, and they have a significant role in the birth of a few different heroes, including Cyborg and Power Girl. The appearance of the Suicide Squad in the Arrow universe makes for an interesting topic of conversation. Exactly how many villains is the Arrow going to take down and give over to Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad? The complete list of characters in the comic continuity who served on the Suicide Squad is as follows: Amanda Waller, Rick Flag Jr., Bronze Tiger, Captain Boomerang, Count Vertigo, Deadshot, Doctor Light, Duchess, Enchantress, Jewelee, Nemesis, Nightshade, Oracle, Poison Ivy, Punch, Ravan, Shade the Changing Man, Thinker and Vixen. That's a lot of characters to bring in if they intend to completely flesh out the Squad. That begs the question, how many of these characters are actually coming to the Arrow/Flash shared universe? The answer is unclear, but if we carry through with this, the Squad will likely consist of Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Count Vertigo, Vixen, and potentially Harley Quinn. Having Harley gives Nightwing a reason to be in Starling, tracking her down, and having Vixen on the Squad could add a new potential ally for the Arrow team, as she eventually reinvents herself as a heroine.


Why on Earth would DC want to make two separate universes when they could make one overarching universe that encapsulates the [Arrow](series:720988) and [The Flash](movie:15273) tv shows? It's economic, it's time-saving, and frankly, Arrow's individual episodes are better than some of the movies they've made in the two decades (I'm looking at you, Batman & Robin).


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