Originally Posted by archiguy
The show has a disclaimer that says it's "based on characters created in DC Comics". Meaning, there were rights fees paid and rings kissed. A few years back they made a pretty good show (IMO, but the ratings begged to differ) about The Flash. They didn't call it 'The Speedster'. They've done 'Wonder Woman' and didn't change the character's name. They've obviously done 'Superman' and 'Batman', and the Adam West version of Batman was about as different from the comic character as you could get. And then there are all the animated series based on those characters and others using their legitimate and traditional names.
The old series 'Birds of Prey' had a lot of similarities to 'Arrow'. Warner Bros. required them to make a *LOT* of changes to the characters and settings to differentiate the TV series from the comic books. This was driven by the feature side of Warner Bros., which controlled the rights to the Batman franchise in live action form. The TV side of Warner Bros. had to jump through all kinds of hoops. The idea being that the feature people did not want a TV show to step on any characters or story plots that might eventually be used in the features. And they were worried that a poorly executed TV series might ruin the franchise.
So...Huntress became a mutant with superpowers. Black Canary was a psychic instead of having the super vocal chords. The pilot centered around a villain who was obviously Scarecrow but couldn't be called that. The only character who remained basically unchanged was Bat Girl/Oracle. They were allowed to show her in the Bat Girl costume for the pilot episode only. And the show only ever alluded to Batman. They never showed him or called him by name. All supposedly to protect the integrity of the characters for the feature film franchise.
For some reason, the various animated series didn't seem to be an issue. Warner' feature film department was worried about live action TV productions.
Personally, I never understood that. I always thought that changing characters and giving them new/different superpowers and costumes and different names did more damage to the franchise and pissed off fans. But that is how it was explained to me by the execs and writers on the show.
So perhaps they are doing the same with Green Arrow - to 'protect' the integrity of that character for a Justice League franchise. Who knows. I'm just speculating.