I stopped watching Arrow after Laurel died bc that was so ridiculous for Marc to kill her off, she’s an iconic Green Arrow staple.
Black Canary and Green Arrow’s relationship is as legendary as Lois and Superman, just because it is less known, shouldn’t mean it’s alright to be disrespected. Killing Laurel Lance is still so infuriating.
Like seriously, are we ever going to get the REAL Green Arrow? Like, y'know, the goatee, the sense of humor and the iconic duo with Black Canary? We have none of that in a so called, ‘Green Arrow’ TV Show and it’s so disappointing. It’s been 5 seasons and Oliver has made like, 3 jokes, has never had his ICONIC goatee and you freaking KILLED his WIFE, Black Canary. have you ever read a Green Arrow comic?
- Her sister got to be The Canary while she was saddled with making everyone hate her.
- No appearances in any character promotional pictures during Season 4.
- Despite being the female lead, she got heavily minimized screen time, dialogue, and multi-episode storylines in Season 4.
- She got killed off helplessly.
- Last words used to prop up Olicity and Laurel’s replacements.
- Evelyn, a teenage drop-out, looted her fresh corpse for her tech and tried to ruin her legacy.
- Felicity wielded her baton against a Ghost.
- Black Canary’s costume mannequin was the only one to fall down during H.I.V.E.’s assault on the base.
- Chocolate Statue, intended to 'honor her memory’ then destroyed.
- Felicity gets to emulate her fans and belittle and ultimately punch out Laurel.
- Replacement #4 introduced.
All of Marc Guggenheim’s responses to the backlash of killing Laurel is basically “who cares about canon, we’re telling our own story”. Which implies that he think the only reason people are pissed they killed Laurel is because in the comics BC and GA are together. I just can’t help but feel this shows exactly how tone deaf he is to everything regarding the show. If we really wanted everything to be canon, wouldn’t we be pissed that John Diggle is even a character? Or that Mia Dearden was changed to Thea Queen, Oliver’s sister, and doesn’t wear a black and yellow costume? Wouldn’t we be pissed that Roy Harper was a petty thief from the Glades rather than an orphan raised on a Native American reserve? Or the whole story with Sara Lance coming back from the League of Assassins? Or that even BC goes by Laurel instead of Dinah, and is a brunette? What I’m trying to say is that we’ve never had a problem with the creators taking liberty with the comics because the changes they made were well done and made sense. So the fact that Marc Guggenheim thinks that the only reason killing Laurel was a bad choice is because she had a different story in the comics really worries me about how blind he is to the fact that the show has become so poor. Going against canon doesn’t help, but I’m pissed about killing Laurel because she was possibly the most developed character and had so much potential going forward.
Marc really hates Laurel, It’s like Katie Cassidy pissed someone off upstairs or something. and the Sad thing is, that the hacks writers behind this show, will never get the backslash they deserve for ruining this character since she’s not as famous as Superman, Wonder Woman or Batman. Same goes for Green Arrow. Since both are relative unknown and are being used in a teen, soap opera show on the CW, Guggie & Mericle can do whatever they want with both without getting the bad press they deserves. All of them will be still working on the industry, even if they suck. It’s infuriating.
Marc Guggenheim comes along and writes off Black Canary before having her promote Felicity as she dies. He turns Ra’s al Ghul into a spineless ruler who pushes Oliver and Felicity together. He makes Oliver weak beyond belief and has Felicity save his life in action, not just by hacking, several times. I don’t care what you thought about Seasons 1 and 2, but they had an identity and a mission. Seasons 3 and 4 have wavered so much between dark, quirky, bright, dour, hopeful and much more that it is clear Guggenheim doesn’t know what he wants to do. All he is concerned about is making Felicity as important as she can be. And you know what? I used to like Felicity. By trying to make her so important and so powerful he is even ruining her.