A few days ago, someone (I think it was athenaagron) shared some quotes from Dennis O’Neil (former editor of both DC and Marvel comics, writer, etc, etc) regarding Arrow. Since then, I’ve been browsing the Arrow tag on the website, reading various commentary on the show, and one of the things he (and others) touch on is the inclusion of the idea of “family” in Arrow.
When asked about Arrow’s portrayal of Oliver Queen, O’Neil says:
Well, it’s not our Oliver Queen. But that’s not necessarily a condemnation, because the creators’ jobs are to take a basic idea, and make television out of it. They’re not supposed to cram old comic books onto a television screen. They have to reinvent it. I think that they improved Oliver’s backstory immensely. And it being television, I understand why there’s so much emphasis on family, both Oliver’s biological family and his symbolic family with Felicity and Roy and Diggle. It’s not the way we played him in the comics, but it’s a perfectly legitimate way to do the character.
I’ve been thinking about that ever since, turning the idea of family around and around in my head until I could get them to fit together. Doing so really helped me understand why Oliver, Felicity & Diggle matter so much to me. They are, for me, the core of that developing family. I think this theme is probably the most important to me when it comes to the trio Arrow, why I’m so protective of trio Team Arrow interaction, development, and screentime dedication.
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