ARROW Executive Producer On The Onomatopoeia Cameo That Nearly Was

Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg talks about next week's new episode of The CW's Arrow and reveals that Kevin Smith creation, Onomatopoeia almost made it into the script.

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By Mark Julian - 4/20/2013



Arrow CW pngA while back, I wrote an article titled 10 Cameos For The CW's Arrow. Since then, some of those characters (Ted Kord, The Question, Nightwing) mentioned have cropped up in discussions with the show's various executive producers. Now, another character from that list is being discussed by Arrow EP Andrew Kreisberg, the villainous Onomatopoeia. Initially discussing the character, Mr. Blank who is played by Angel-alum J. August Richards, Kreisberg reveals that they almost decided to use Onomatopoeia instead.


[Mr. Blank's] a very cool new villain to add to our rogues gallery. 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! [Mr. Blank's] an innocuous assassin, somebody who has strength and power but is just sort of there in the background. That’s how we came up with the name, because he’s not really anything or anyone."


Onomatopoeia made his debut in "The Sound of Violence" a three-issue 2002 storyline from DC Comics' Green Arrow title. The villain is a serial killer that targets vigilantes and has a very distinctive characteristic in that he has the added psychological disorder of perfectly imitating noises around him such as dripping water, footsteps and gunshots. Here's Kevin Smith's quote about his character that Kreisberg was referencing above:


"When I did Green Arrow, I went with Onomatopoeia for a villain, just because I loved that word, and it kind of formed the character inasmuch as he would say sounds out loud. It only kind of works – I think – on a comic book page because if you have a gun going off, they usually write BLAM! and then you can have, you know, the character saying "BLAM!" in a word balloon, but like if you tried to do that cinematically you can't really rock it. A gun in a film sounds completely different. It doesn't read as BLAM! and so to have a dude say BLAM! after a true gunshot, all these people would be like "he's just retarded". I think it works great in print and on a comic book page. I don't think that character would translate very well outside of that."





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Running Time: 60 min
Release Date: October 10, 2012
MPAA Rating: Tv-14
Starring: Katie Cassidy, Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Byron Mann, Colin Donnell, Colin Salmon, Paul Blackthorne, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Roger R. Cross and Willa Holland
Creators: Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg
Characters: George Papp (character) and Mort Weisinger (character)

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.


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TheFox - 4/20/2013, 2:28 PM
NOOOOOO!!!

Onomatopoeia is one of my favorite Green Arrow villains-- he HAS to be on the show, sooner or later! Just have the guy doing actual sound effects with his voice (like, don't have him say "BLAM!" or anything really overt, but if there's a sound you can duplicate with your voice, have him do it) and it CAN work.

... Seriously, he's too cool to leave out of Arrow. PUT HIM ON THAT SHOW!

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thorhulk77 - 4/20/2013, 2:35 PM
One of the few positive things made by Kevin Smith.
elcaballerooscuro92 - 4/20/2013, 3:00 PM
@thorhulk you clearly forgot about jersey girl
H3LLBLAZER - 4/20/2013, 3:19 PM
The Question, Azrael, Sportsmaster, Nightwing, Wildcat, and Calculator nuff said.
AstroZombie - 4/20/2013, 4:07 PM
What about that guy from the Police Academy movies?
specialkail - 4/20/2013, 4:28 PM
I thought a cool way to do him would be have him be an assassin, who leaves notes for his victims,

One guy would get a note that said KABOOM! And then a bomb would blow up and kill them.

Another guy would get a note that said BLAM! And then he would snipe them,

He could even say the noises out loud before pushing the detonator or pulling the trigger.
mctrinket - 4/20/2013, 5:50 PM
Kevin Smith is all-around pretty insufferable.
MJPETTY7 - 4/20/2013, 8:36 PM
I love SpecialKail's idea!!! We need Onomatopoeia on Arrow!!!
Optimus83 - 4/20/2013, 9:09 PM
¡¡¡BATMAN/SUPERMAN CAMEO!!!. ...¡¡¡BETTER, NOW!!!
druzod2501 - 4/20/2013, 10:59 PM
Onomatopeia?! Yo Kevin Smith!!! We want a resolution to The Widening Gyre!!!!
Canon38 - 4/21/2013, 2:14 AM
Maybe he should just be mute.
Canon38 - 4/21/2013, 2:17 AM
It would be cool to see him in Arrow though. It's such a great opportunity to flesh out an original Green Arrow villain.
SoulAllFlush - 4/21/2013, 7:34 AM
I love Onomatopoeia, but I'm afraid Kevin Smith is right. It would take quite an artistic leap to get the character to work on the screen.
soforizo - 4/21/2013, 7:57 AM
@imadick

If this show is a "turd sandwich", why do you waste time coming here to talk about it?

Only TV show that might satisfy some of you would probably need a $200+ million budget per episode, be R rated, have Nolan as producer/director, Writers Guild winners and A+ stars in the cast... and that's a big "might satisfy". smh
SentinelofLiberty - 4/21/2013, 10:39 AM
Great idea, specialkail!
soberchimera - 4/21/2013, 2:36 PM
That's stupid, Onomatopoeia would work well in the series.
GetsugaTensho22 - 4/22/2013, 2:22 AM
It's an actual symptom of certain psychological disorders, called Echolalia. Ever see that one autistic kid that just keeps repeating what he's heard and then playing around with the words by saying it in different ways?
They could totally do that. Of course they'd have to bend reality and make up some disorder by saying he's psycho or whatever, but it'd be super creepy if he just went BOOoomm after shooting somebody. He can totes work!
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 4/25/2013, 7:27 AM
Good idea @SpecialKail. Good show last night, Arrow has been a pretty good show so far. Looking forward to season 2.

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