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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackalope89 View Post
    Okay, why didn't CW use him?
    This is just a supposition, but maybe they didn't want to feel beholden to the source material and they have their own ideas of where they want to take the character without people bitching about how "this isn't the character from the comics." Comic book fans seem to have this assumption that the priority is to adapt as many comic book characters as you can, but that could be backwards thinking from a writer's perspective. It's one thing for them to do a little fan service by retroactively slotting in a comics character for a villain of the week who fits a character they've already envisioned, but when you're building a new show, I imagine you have to feel invested in the characters you're writing and maybe they just didn't feel inspired by Duke, so why force him into a role that wasn't meant for him? Also, there's the possibility there are other plans for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j9ac9k View Post
    This is just a supposition, but maybe they didn't want to feel beholden to the source material and they have their own ideas of where they want to take the character without people bitching about how "this isn't the character from the comics." Comic book fans seem to have this assumption that the priority is to adapt as many comic book characters as you can, but that could be backwards thinking from a writer's perspective. It's one thing for them to do a little fan service by retroactively slotting in a comics character for a villain of the week who fits a character they've already envisioned, but when you're building a new show, I imagine you have to feel invested in the characters you're writing and maybe they just didn't feel inspired by Duke, so why force him into a role that wasn't meant for him? Also, there's the possibility there are other plans for him.
    The supposition can make sense in the singular case, but clearly doesn’t apply to the other characters, who have the names and likely some inspiration from the source material, so it makes Turner an anomaly…

    …And I honestly think it’s more likely that they envision the character and his role in the show - as Bruce’s heir and likely as the main protagonist and central angle to at least one love triangle - as a pale, pretty white boy, simply because that’s the “conventional” choice, so Duke was likely never on the table for that role because he’s black. I think they have a formulation they value for the male lead of the show more than either exploiting a previously created IP or more possible representation that could come with it.

    I mean, I doubt that the character is going to be that different from the other white Robins, at least not to any degree that won’t be matched by Duella, Stephanie, Harper, etc.
    Like action, adventure, rogues, and outlaws? Like anti-heroes, femme fatales, mysteries and thrillers?

    I wrote a book with them. Outlaw’s Shadow: A Sherwood Noir. Robin Hood’s evil counterpart, Guy of Gisbourne, is the main character. Feel free to give it a look: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asi...E2PKBNJFH76GQP

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    Quote Originally Posted by j9ac9k View Post
    This is just a supposition, but maybe they didn't want to feel beholden to the source material and they have their own ideas of where they want to take the character without people bitching about how "this isn't the character from the comics." Comic book fans seem to have this assumption that the priority is to adapt as many comic book characters as you can, but that could be backwards thinking from a writer's perspective. It's one thing for them to do a little fan service by retroactively slotting in a comics character for a villain of the week who fits a character they've already envisioned, but when you're building a new show, I imagine you have to feel invested in the characters you're writing and maybe they just didn't feel inspired by Duke, so why force him into a role that wasn't meant for him? Also, there's the possibility there are other plans for him.
    Well, they already did Ryan Wilder, what's another OC lead ?

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