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.
A 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)
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