Fans of The Flash TV show will be pleased to learn, including my goodself, that Kevin Smith will be returning to write and direct an episode in Season 3 of The Flash which returns in October. Kevin has already written and directed an episode last season with ‘The Runaway Dinosaur” and in an exclusive interview with Den of Geek, he has confirmed his return as well as his continued desire to write and direct an episode of Arrow.
Speaking to Den of Geek, Kevin says:
“I know I’m going back to The Flash, first week of September, to direct episode 7 of season 3. Still haven’t heard anything back from Arrow. You know, I wish, it would be amazing because I would love to write and direct Onomatopoeia in the show. Um, but I know they’re doing – what is it? – Wild Dog this year, as well as Vigilante, so maybe they’re just like ‘we don’t need you’, or whatever. But, at the moment, anyone over there raises a flag; I’m like ‘please, let me in!’ That’d be fun as f—.”
His desire to write for Arrow stems from 2002 after Kevin took over the Green Arrow comic book series for a brief run where he created the character of ‘Onomatopoeia’ . Talking about how he would bring this unique villain character to the small screen Kevin goes on to say:
“Instead of just doing the actual sound – which to me, in the real world, would be like the dude from Police Academy making noises with his mouth – he’ll just have little cards. Business cards that have typewritten words of whatever the f—. So instead of him saying ‘blam’, you’d find this card on your desk and turn around and ‘blam’, he’d shoot you and stuff like that. Which I think is a little more chilly, you know, for doing it in live action.
So a character and audience would read ‘slit’, and you’re like ‘slit?’, and then all of a sudden you turn around he cuts your fucking throat and dude just cocks his head Michael Myers style and watches you go down. So yeah, I’ve obviously thought about it a little bit, but it would be cool to do. Hopefully, hopefully they’ll tap me.”
The Runaway Dinosaur saw Barry trapped in the Speed Force itself, and in a powerful and emotionally rich episode, Barry learns to deal with his self doubt and guilt for not saving his mother and begins to embrace the real power of the Speed Force before going forward to tackle season villain Zoom. Personally I would love to see what Kevin Smith could bring to Arrow, a show that now in its 5th season could well benefit from an injection of Smith’s ideas and writing style even if for just one episode.