The Arrow series finale was originally supposed to be much different.
Creator Marc Guggenheim recently opened up about how Oliver’s death was always planned, but for the actual finale.
“I always saw the show ending with Oliver’s death, but Oliver’s death in the actual finale,” he told Fake Nerd Podcast. “Then I kind of had a little bit of a fantasy that Oliver would die and you’d end with some sort of news broadcast talking about his legacy and that would sort of become the voice over.”
“And then you would go to this rooftop in a whole other city, and on the cut a thug or some bad guy would crash into the frame, having been punched off-screen,” Marc added. “And these pair of black boots would come down right in front of him and there’d be a flutter of a scalloped cape and the voice over would say something along the lines of, ‘Oliver Queen inspired a whole new generation of vigilantes.’ The implication being, of course, that he inspired Batman. So that, of course, didn’t happen for a variety of different reasons – not the least of which is Batwoman came along – but that was my original conception.”
The Arrow finale almost could have spawned a Batman series, but they decide to hand the reigns over to Oliver’s daughter Mia for the Green Arrow & The Canaries backdoor pilot. Still no word yet if that show will be picked up to series.
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