Willa feature

Shared universes. In comic books, it helps maintain continuity and allow for superheroes to be aware of one another and become involved, if need be. It’s the cornerstone of having a universe-wide event that spans across many, or all, of the titles the publisher produces. But the concept of multiple universes, or multiverses, may be too much for a non-comic book reader to grasp. The CW’s ‘The Flash’ has done a great job at explaining different universes existing, such as Earth 2, where it shows similarities to the world you know, a universe running parallel if you will, but with some deviations that define it as a different world. A shared universe would be better received by ALL fans, regardless of comic book knowledge, and would make for compelling scenarios both of the small screen and the big. But a number of actors have expressed their frustrations at their not being included in the film properties’ plans. The latest to speak up? ‘Arrow’s Willa Holland.

(l.-r.) John Barrowman, Willa Holland, Grant Gustin & Paul Blackthorne

(l.-r.) John Barrowman, Willa Holland, Grant Gustin & Paul Blackthorne

Recently, a handful of actors from some comic book-based television shows have been vocal as to their frustrations at the lack of considerations for their TV universe to directly tie-in to the film universe, and vice-versa. Marvel has used ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ to be the conduit between the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and their television properties, though earlier this month Agents star Chloe Bennet called out Marvel for not doing more. ‘The Flash‘s Grant Gustin had assumed he would continue paying the scarlet speedster in a solo Flash film and Justice League films, but the studio opted for Ezra Miller which further separated the TV and film connection.

Arrow‘ star Willa Holland, who portrays Speedy/Thea Queen on the hit series, made her feelings known with regards to the separation of the DC Extended Universe (films) to the shows on television. Holland was attending MCM London Comic Con this past weekend and was interviewed by the UK’s Daily Mirror. She states that she really isn’t a fan of how Warner Bros. has been treating the hot CW series.

“Marvel does it in their own weird way – the mash between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and the movies and stuff,” says Holland. “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.”

When ‘Arrow‘ started having characters eliminated from the series that had ties to the Suicide Squad, even though they appeared on TV prior to the announcing of a film, that’s when Holland truly saw the separation of what the studio plans for their films and how they feel about their TV allies.

“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 ax all of the characters before we even got to show them.”
Overall, it appears that this snub is rubbing the TV personalities the wrong way. As if they aren’t good enough to compete with the movie properties.
“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 playing the Flash,” the actress added. “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!”
Fortunately there are countless stories to be told and characters to introduce from the world of comic books. Television shows like ‘Arrow,’ ‘The Flash,’ ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ and ‘Gotham‘ should continue what makes their shows great. Compelling storylines, intriguing characters, and nods to their comic book roots. Keep crossing over with each other’s shows, and the newly addition to The CW’s superhero ensemble ‘Supergirl.‘ Who knows? Perhaps another flop at the box office will have Warner Bros./DC Entertainment changing their tune as they look to patch up the sinking ship.
You can view The Daily Mirror’s interview with Willa Holland here:

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