In Season Four, the quality of Arrow dropped significantly (more on that later), but fans are being made promises of getting back to basics in Season 5.
With that being said, Kevin Smith (Silent Bob of Jay & Silent Bob fame & your resident Comic Book Guy) has come up with an idea for Arrow that we think is absolutely fantastic and needs to be done. Providing CW invite him to direct an episode of course!
Smith has directed an episode of The Flash & is due to return this season to direct episode 7. If The Runaway Dinosaur is anything to go by, his directing & writing talents would be very welcome on Arrow in the coming season. Speaking to Den of Geek, Kevin Smith revealed that he would love to bring his own creation to Arrow, the villainous Onomatopoeia:
“Oh my god, I would love that so much. I’ve not heard from anybody over there, even though I’ve talked about it in the press quite a bit and stuff. I know I’m going back to The Flash, first week of September, to direct episode 7 of season 3. Still haven’t heard anything back from Arrow. You know, I wish, it would be amazing because I would love to write and direct Onomatopoeia in the show. Um, but I know they’re doing – what is it? – Wild Dog this year, as well as Vigilante, so maybe they’re just like ‘we don’t need you’, or whatever. But, at the moment, anyone over there raises a flag; I’m like ‘please, let me in!’ That’d be fun as fuck.”
It is worth remembering that Kevin Smith has often turned his hands to writing comic books and was involved in the creation of Onomatopoeia within a run of Green Arrow in 2002. Who better to handle the bringing of Onomatopoeia to the screen than his own maker?
There are issues with Onomatopoeia however, in that he verbalises what would normally be comic book noises. For example, everyone knows the old “BLAM!” & “BOSH!”, right? Onomatopoeia would in fact say these sounds aloud. This obviously creates some issues in a live action adaptation but Smith has already figured out a solution:
“Yeah, I’ve figured out a way to do it that is kinda bad-ass, and also connects to comics more or less. So instead of just doing the actual sound – which to me, in the real world, would be like the dude from Police Academy making noises with his mouth – he’ll just have little cards. Business cards that have typewritten words of whatever the fuck. So instead of him saying ‘blam’, you’d find this card on your desk and turn around and ‘blam’, he’d shoot you and stuff like that. Which I think is a little more chilly, you know, for doing it in live action. On a comic book page, those big word balloons with a tiny word in it were so fucking sweet. It looks beautifully graphic, like, at the same time it creates an image of ‘this is weird’. But I don’t know if audibly making noises would ever work in the real world, so I think those cards would be bad-ass, man. So [you read] ‘slit’, and you’re like “slit?”, and then all of a sudden you turn around he cuts your fucking throat and dude just cocks his head Michael Myers style and watches you go down. So yeah, I’ve obviously thought about it a little bit, but it would be cool to do. Hopefully, hopefully they’ll tap me.”
Now, we don’t know about you but we are fully behind this idea of Onomatopoeia that Smith has dreamed up, and if not in an Episode of Arrow, perhaps DC can tap him to provide his assistance in another area be it film or TV.