Arrow producer talks Flash pilot, bigger DC crossovers + Suicide Squad

The current season of The CW’s Arrow is arguably one of the best genres shows on television right now, and it sounds like things are only getting crazier.

Producer Marc Guggenheim had a wide-ranging chat with Collider about the series, and touched on what it’ll take to cross over Arrow with the upcoming Flash spinoff. Basically, they’re all fans at heart and will try to make only the coolest crossovers possible that fans will geek completely out about. It’s refreshing to hear how Guggenheim comes at the material, and his outright love for the comics shines through in a non-slavish way:

“Well, we’re fanboys and we always fantasize about, ‘Oh, we could do this cross-over. We could do that episode.’ Everything is always on the table. I think it’s one of the things that’s made Arrow special.  But we also all collectively feel like The Flash needs to stand on its own two feet, now that it’s gotten its launch from Arrow. I would say, as with all things, we trust our instincts to know when is the right time. Our compass has always just been our gut instinct.  

When the time is right, it will happen. Greg [Berlanti], Andrew [Kreisberg] and Geoff [Johns] have got to finish The Flash pilot first. There are a bunch of things that have to happen before we can start cross-pollinating shows … The Flash script is really, really terrific.  It’s an outstanding pilot, and I know it will make a phenomenal series. Of course, it would be fun to work on any phenomenal series.”

He also touched on the introduction of DC fan faves the Suicide Squad, and how that developed organically out of the stories they were telling. It’s amazing to take a bird’s-eye view and see just how much of the DC universe they’ve managed to introduce through the Arrow lens in just two seasons, and the fact that the Suicide Squad storyline fits right into the narrative is a testament to the no-holds-barred approach they’ve taken:

“We started the year off with a list of characters who we wanted to see, and Bronze Tiger was one of them. Once we came up with an idea for how to do Bronze Tiger on the show, we very quickly did the math and were like, ‘You know, there’s Bronze Tiger, but Deadshot has also been on the show, and that’s already two members of the Suicide Squad,’ and we realized that it was something that was possible. It wasn’t something that we backed into.  We gave ourselves the freedom to go through Season 2 going, ‘You know what? If we organically build this group, then maybe in Season 2 or Season 3, we’ll get to see them.’ But, we didn’t want to force it.

One of the nice things about the Suicide Squad in Episode 16 is that it does feel very organic. It feels like it’s something that just came out very naturally from the characters and the storytelling that we’ve been doing, in the previous 15 episodes of this year.  And even, quite frankly, playing with some pieces that we established last year, like the introduction of Lyla Michaels. It just has a nice feeling of completion to it, while at the same time, setting up potential further stories for the Suicide Squad. They’re a lot of fun together. It’s wonderful to see David Ramsey and his character of John Diggle interact with them.”

Arrow airs Wednesday nights on The CW, and The Flash spinoff is set to debut this fall. Do you like the direction of the series?

(Via Collider)

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