Kevin Smith has been making the rounds as of late, promoting ‘The Runaway Dinosaur,’ the episode of The Flash that he directed. The hour is the antepenultimate installment of the Scarlet Speedster’s second season and naturally, all eyes will be on it to see not only how it ties in to the upcoming finale and what will presumably be The Flash’s climactic run-in with Zoom, but also to see how the director of Clerks, Mallrats, and the upcoming Yoga Hosers handles the FX-heavy world of The CW’s fastest superhero show.
This isn’t Smith’s first foray into directing for The CW, however, as he previously helmed the pilot episode of the network’s short-lived dark comedy Reaper in 2007. And it certainly won’t be has last, as it seems Smith’s time behind the camera on The Flash was successful enough it has already been announced he will return for another episode in season 3. But given that Smith is perhaps as widely known for his writing as he is directing, the next natural question might be: Would he consider penning an episode of The Flash in the future — perhaps one that he would direct?
Apparently, the answer to that is: no. But in a recent interview with Variety, Smith was quick to say that he would happily take on the task of writing an episode (or two) of another one of The CW’s hit superhero series: Arrow.
“I wouldn’t want to write on ‘Flash.’ I would, though, like to write on ‘Arrow’ … I would love to jump in for a one or two episode arc just to bring that Onomatopoeia character to life. That would be so badass – I created this character in the comics and then to do a live-action version of it that fit into their universe, fit into the run of their show? That would be exciting to me. That’s the one I can get my head around writing, but ‘Flash,’ whenever they bring me back, I think I prefer somebody else doing it.”
Smith professing a desire to write for Arrow shouldn’t come as much of a surprise for readers of Green Arrow, as he wrote a 15-issue run of the comic book series beginning in 2001. The bulk of the run, titled ‘Quiver,’ earned Smith accolades among critics. Smith followed that up with a three-issue arc, ‘The Sounds of Violence,’ wherein he tried his hand at creating a brand new villain – the abovementioned Onomatopoeia – and introducing him into Green Arrow’s rogues’ gallery.
Onomatopoeia is a serial killer with a penchant for murdering non-powered superheroes. When he was first introduced, he made Oliver Queen’s son Connor Hawke his target, but his efforts were eventually thwarted. The villain gets his name from his unique ability to imitate sounds around him, just as certain words are named by the vocal action that reproduces what they sound like. Oddly enough, according to a 2013 TVLine interview with Andrew Kreisberg, the plan was to bring Onomatopoeia to Arrow in the season 1 episode ‘Home Invasion‘, but after reading Smith’s comments on the difficulty of bringing the character to TV, they instead went with J. August Richards as the assassin Mr. Blank.
Kreisberg had this to say at the time:
“Originally, we were going to try to do Onomatopoeia, a villain from Kevin Smith’s run [of New Earth comics], but Kevin apparently said in an interview that there was no way to bring that character to television and film — and after a while we agreed with him!”
Apparently, Smith has had a change of heart with regard to whether or not TV can bring Onomatopoeia and his particular set of skills to life. Perhaps it’s just time that has changed the filmmakers mind or maybe his experience on the set of The Flash finally convinced him there’s a way to do the character justice (and a team of technical wizards at the ready to help do so). Either way, it would be interesting to see an episode of Arrow where the characters speak dialogue crafted by Smith, and to find out whether or not Onomatopoeia actually can be translated into live action.
The Flash returns with ‘The Runaway Dinosaur’ on Tuesday, May 10 at 8pm on The CW. Arrow returns Wednesday, May 11 with ‘Monument Point’ at 8pm on The CW. Legends of Tomorrow continues with ‘Desinty’ on Thursday, May 12 at 8pm on The CW.