Kevin Smith has revealed that he likely won’t be allowed to direct any episodes of Arrow.
The writer/director is of course a big comic book fan, owning his own comic book store and having directed episodes of the CW’s The Flash and Supergirl.
If Smith had it his own way, he would be adding another superhero title to his CV and direct an episode or two of Arrow. However, Smith believes that this is unlikely to happen, recalling to ScreenRant a conversation he had with Marc Guggenheim, an executive producer for the show.
“I talked to him once after a panel at the Paley Center, I was the moderator for the Paley Center CW panel at the Hollywood and Highland complex. And so afterwards, I was talking to Marc, and I was like, ‘Hey man, fans keep saying they want me to direct an episode of [Arrow], I would love that, I wrote Green Arrow.’ He knows that. And he goes, ‘Yeah, you know, Arrow is very dark. Legends of Tomorrow would be good for you,’” he said with a laugh. “So, I don’t think they’re ever gonna let me near Arrow, which is totally fine.”
While there will surely be a fair few fans of both Smith and Arrow that are disappointed by Guggenheim’s remarks, perhaps some will be in agreement that the show is too dark for the director.
Fans can look forward to the fifth episode of Supergirl season 3 however, an episode which Smith was permitted to direct.