While Arrow started out as a grounded series focusing solely on its titular superhero, it wasn't long before the CW series introduced more and more supervillains from the comics published by DC. Soon, characters like Deadshot, Deathstroke and Amanda Waller were all part of the series' massive storyline, and at the height of the series' popularity in Season 2, Arrow introduced a fan-favorite comic book team in the form of the Suicide Squad.
However, as a result of Warner Bros. developing David Ayer's Suicide Squad, Arrow had the unfortunate consequence of having to get rid of its own take on Task Force X in subsequent seasons.
Now, before Arrow's eighth and final season kicks off, consulting producer and previous showrunner Marc Guggenheim reflects back on the series and discusses having to get rid of Amanda Waller, Deadshot and the Suicide Squad. And, in what may come as a surprise to some fans, he says there's no hard feelings.
"You can look at the glass as half-full or half empty," Guggenheim told Entertainment Weekly. "And yes, certainly, if I was so inclined, we could focus on having to kill Deadshot, having to kill Amanda Waller. But the trust is, and this is not bulls—, I look at the glass as half full, because, again, we never in a million years thought we would do as many characters on this show as we did. So from where I’m sitting, it’s nothing but gifts."
"At the end of the day, these are not my characters. These are not Greg’s characters. These are characters we rent out, and we’re very lucky that we get to rent the toys and play with them. Certainly on balance, I think I’d be a dick if I complained about not having access to this character, or having to stop using that character. I’d be a jerk, because I think DC would very well within their rights to go, ‘Well, what about all of these other characters we’ve given you without a problem?’…If DC wants to say, ‘No more Suicide Squad,’ that is absolutely DC’s right and we will work with what we got."
While the Suicide Squad was scrubbed from Arrow, the A.R.G.U.S. program has returned in all but name in Season 7 of the series. Comprised of characters such as China White, Cupid and Slade Wilson's son Joe, the team is now called the Ghost Initiative.
Returning Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Arrow's final season stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Rick Gonzalez as Wild Dog, Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary, Katie Cassidy as Black Siren, Katherine McNamara as Mia Smoak, Joseph David-Jones as Connor Hawke and Ben Lewis as William Clayton-Queen.