Writer/Director Kevin Smith is known for wearing many hats. Smith gained notoriety for such indie films as Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and introducing fan favorite stoners Jay and Silent Bob through his “View Askewniverse.” While his films have had some success, Smith’s passions lie in the world of comic books. In addition to owning a comic book store, Smith has actually written for various comic books including Daredevil, Green Arrow, Batman, Green Hornet, and Batman ’66. Smith was able to combine his film-making with his love of comic books and direct for the latest episode of CW’s The Flash. You can see Nerd Bastards review of the episode ‘The Runaway Dinosaur’ right here. The episode was downright beautiful, and it’s no surprise that Smith will be directing more episodes of The Flash, but it appears that Smith also wants to do more for the ‘Berlantiverse:” do some writing.
While promoting ‘The Runaway Dinosaur’ Smith was asked about possibly writing for The Flash, since he is known as a wordsmith for his many dialogue-heavy films. Smith did state that he wasn’t entirely comfortable writing for The Flash, but would love to write for Arrow.
I wouldn’t want to write on ‘Flash.’ I would, though, like to write on ‘Arrow’ … I would love to jump in for a one or two episode arc just to bring that Onomatopoeia character to life. That would be so badass – I created this character in the comics and then to do a live-action version of it that fit into their universe, fit into the run of their show? That would be exciting to me. That’s the one I can get my head around writing, but ‘Flash,’ whenever they bring me back, I think I prefer somebody else doing it.
This actually makes perfect sense. First off, Onomatopoeia is a supervillain who targets non-super powered heroes/vigilantes, which would work in the world of Arrow. In Smith’s comics, Onomatopoeia has tangled with both The Green Arrow and Batman. Secondly, Smith actually created the Onomatopoeia character. It would be easier for Smith to essentially write for a character that he’s all too familiar with. Also, Onomatopoeia was supposed to be a character back on Arrow during season one, but at the time producer Andrew Kreisberg agreed with an earlier Smith thought that he was a difficult character to bring to the small screen. Perhaps now that Smith wants to help flesh out the character himself, he can work with Kreisberg and bring that character to the small screen.