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I've noticed that many of you constatntly bring up that Arrow should be in the DC Cinematic Universe.  It is not happening no matter how bad you want it.  Also, here is an article that was made by a fan which has many good points.


Man of Steel was the comic book film that stayed honest to its comic book roots, evoking a stylistic approach that reflected the nature of its source material in an artistic, new way. The central reason it resonated with me is Zack Snyder’s unique and unapologetic vision of Superman. Though some fans had concerns with certain interpretations of the Man of Steel, one cannot deny the fact that Zack Snyder’s vision was singular. That being said, the television show Arrow is a decent super hero show. I like it. But, for me, its representation of Oliver Queen/ Arrow doesn’t present a uniquely different stamp, distinguishing it from its comic book counterpart. For this reason, among many that I will further elaborate, I cannot argue for the merger of the CW television show Arrow into the Justice League movie.

I will say it again: I like the television show Arrow. I think it is entertaining, well paced, has fun action and features,and compelling plot lines. However, I think the show is more of my personal guilty pleasure. My biggest problem with Arrow is that the creative vision of the show seems eerily similar to the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy in terms of tone, look, and feel. Where Man of Steel captured a singular and new vision of the character, even though the story was brought to fruition in part because of Nolan, the final product felt new and unlike any other superhero interpretations before. Again, I would contend that this is due to the work of the director Zack Snyder. In Arrow, the character of Green Arrow is a bit too similar to Bruce Wayne. I don’t draw comparisons to the shared affluent lifestyle between Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen, though (the wealthy playboy stereotype is a popular cover for many superheroes.) The way the character acts on-screen always feels too brooding because of the decay of his city, his family and his traumatizing experience on an island. Conversely, in Man of Steel Clark Kent feels lost and one could say broods due to feelings of alienation from society. Thus, he is motivated not by some misplaced sense of vengeance, but because he feels alone. He has trouble finding his way in life, a problem that is well-known to several generations of teenagers and young adults. The motivation behind Arrow or “the vigilante” simply never quite works on a personal level. Additionally the way the main city of Arrow is portrayed is a little too reminiscent of Gotham. If we eventually see Gotham in the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or Justice League movies, it would clash with the similarities of Starling City. It is understandable that North American cities would feel similar to each other, but the similarities between Starling City and Gotham city makes it hard for me to buy that Arrow is striking with a unique interpretation.

Another problem with merging the cinematic and television universes is the difference in quality between the two. This is not an attack on the lower budget of a television show because the show brings some amazing storytelling to viewers with each season. Instead, I see a vast ocean of difference between the acting and the writing as compared to the cinematic universe. Again, it’s not an attack on the show or the actors. They can act, but television is a different medium than cinema. Man of Steel was written by David Goyer, who I feel tends to have his words brought to life best when in the company of a co-writer. The overall plot construction of the Arrow universe is well done, but the dialogue leaves something to be desired at times. The lines between characters during dramatic moments is lacking the urgency and emotional meaning that it is found in Man of Steel. In the film one could easily complain about the lack of Pa Kent/Clark scenes; The existing ones were emotionally resonant. In Arrow the dramatic moments can feel a bit forced at times, and it can be tough to invest in certain characters or romances given, what I perceive as, the lack of believability and emotional connection. I don’t feel I care as much as I would like to about the characters on Arrow. In contrast, I wasn’t short of empathy for the characters in Man of Steel. Yes, the comparison between a TV show and the movies is unfair. They have different writers, different timelines and events, and they are different mediums entirely. But, the comparison must be made if a television show character and cinematic universe are to be merged together.

Another reason against the merger of the two universes is the fact, as far as we know, they were both created separately and distinctly existing in their own universes, which is unlike the integrated Marvel Studio show Agents of Shield. In this way Arrow has an advantage in that it has more freedom to explore and navigate its world and can do so without storyline limitations from the events in the cinematic universe. I would argue that integration with the Justice League movie would damage the quality of Arrow and making it a slave to the films, constrained in its use of villains and plot lines. Deathstroke is a rather major DC universe villain an so is Ra’s al Ghul- the former character has a show presence and the latter has been mentioned. Conversely, Arrow might hinder the DC cinematic universe since these big characters have already been used or set-up. This would present complications for both the films and the show, each having to write around the hand it’s dealt. Thus bringing the two universes together would damage each other, limiting their ability to properly go through with their respective creative visions. But then again— it all comes down to the writing.

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