Willa Holland who plays Thea Queen aka Speedy on Arrow attended MCM London ComicCon and has spoken out on a few topics during her panel and interviews throughout the day.
Is it just me or do all of us love it when the stars actually talk candidly about their true feelings regarding character deaths, crossovers and lack of continuity with the cinematic universe. (Hello, Chloe Bennet!) All three topics are covered in Holland’s candid quotes.
This season on Arrow saw the death of the Black Canary. An event that was teased since the premiere episode of season 4 with the reveal of an unmarked grave. When the day finally came for the big death, most fans were disappointed. Although in prior seasons, Laurel had been a love to hate character because she basically had nothing to do. In Season 4, the character came into her own. She was owning being the Black Canary and became a real member of the team. It’s a shame that the writers built her up only to then take her away.
Holland spoke about Katie Cassidy leaving the show and this season’s big death.
As to Laurel’s death, Holland said, “That was one of the most difficult things that any of us ever had to film, not that any of the deaths have been easy — we lost Tommy after season one, we lost Moira after season two — but this was four years in, so we were all so close at this point. More than ever, this time it felt like losing a limb.”
“But, you know, she has her Black Siren thing coming up on ‘The Flash,’ which is pretty amazing, and I know that CW ad DC and the whole love to keep bringing people back and play around with the characters and popping us from show to show, so I’m quite excited to see what they’re going to do with her character,” she added. “I don’t know where she’s going to end up, but it’s great to know she’s still with us. It’s not like she’s gone.”
At their upfront event this year, The CW announced a mega crossover that will see Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl all crossing over in one major event. Holland and Katrina Law, who plays Nyssa al Ghul spoke about shooting the big event episodes.
“We’re all very excited to be popping into each other’s realms. All I’ve got to say is I want to be on Earth-2, so as long as that happens, I’m happy. It seems so much better than regular Earth!,” said Holland.
“The actual building of the crossovers and shoving it into our seasons… it’s a very difficult thing, because we’re all of a sudden not making one hour of television in eight days; we’re somehow supposed to accomplish double the amount with twice the amount of people,” she continued. “In the end, tiringly, it’s worth it.”
Law, who plays recurring character Nyssa al Ghul, chimed in, “Everyone is completely shattered, but the honest-to-goodness response from every single one of them is we love doing the crossovers, because the fans appreciate it so much.”
Holland also spoke about about the DC Cinematic Universe. In the current coninuity the DC features Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the upcoming Suicide Squad are not at all related to anything happening in the TV universe. Fans have voiced frustration that Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin, have not been carried over to the feature films as Green Arrow and The Flash, respectively.
During an interview with The Mirror, Holland also expressed her frustration with the disconnect between DC’s films and television series, why the Suicide Squad was axed from the show and more.
“We were about season two when they started telling us we had to start basically killing off the Suicide Squad that we were starting to build on our own,” Holland recalled. “We were actually trying to build that on our own on the show, and I guess once DC found out they were going to be doing their own movie of it, we had to ax all of the characters before we even got to show them, which was a little annoying at first.”
“Then when Stephen 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 that Grant [Gustin] would be playing the Flash,” she continued. “It seemed like the right normal answer, and — 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. So you just have to sit there on your hands, like okay, I get it!”
“Marvel does it in their own weird right, kind of mash between ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and the movies and stuff. 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,” she added.