The question is something that is going through the minds of many DC fans. Why exactly is Wentworth Miller departing his role of Leonard Snart/Captain Cold in The Arrowverse? His character is one of the most important not only to the mythos of Barry Allen/The Flash but that of Legends of Tomorrow as well. Not only has Snart’s stories been some of the most interesting but, as an actor, they’ve allowed Miller to grow further as an actor. Snart never had to go to any drug rehab centers in Texas. It makes one wonder whether or not The CW is doing the same to Miller as they did to John Barrowman, who played Malcolm Merlyn/The Dark Archer on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, another very prominent and important character in the universe.
During the season finale of Arrow season five, those behind the show killed off Merlyn, which seemed to some to not make much sense. There also seemed to be much confusion as to why the character was not going to ever come back on the part of Barrowman. While Marc Guggenheim, one of the producers of Arrow, said the character could come back via flashbacks, it was something that Barrowman was not exactly clear about. Fans of his character were disappointed to see his character go but it seems to be a continued trend that’s continuing across The Arrowverse.
The multiple series have been really good for the most part but killing off characters or changing things for absolutely no reason sometimes seems to be a trend. Is there not another way to challenge the characters beyond killing off characters? It’s strange to see both Oliver Queen and Barry Allen lose both their parents over the course of the shows. Why can’t our heroes have their parents stay? It seems to be repetitive. There were many more stories to tell with those characters and seeing them go just comes across as not only rude to the characters and the actors portraying them but lazy writing and direction on the parts of the shows.
The trend also happened with Laurel Lance/Black Canary. After she finally became the character, she was killed by Damien Darhk in season four of Arrow. They had built her up early on as the main love interest but also the superhero she was meant to become throughout the early seasons. They changed direction with the character when fans clamored for Felicity Smoak and Oliver to be together. Such is not in tune with the comics but is also not something that has ever been done well.
The writing and direction with regard to the romance between Oliver and Felicity was also lazy. It never came across as very genuine as did not the romance between Ray Palmer/The Atom and Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl in Legends of Tomorrow. But, that’s been the case with Snart. His character, even during his time on the show, has not been served properly.
In the mythos of Barry Allen’s life, one of his biggest enemies is Captain Cold. Snart leads a group of all of The Flash’s villains called The Rogues. That’s never been properly done and could have been. There were plenty of times they could have done it. Fans have wanted to see it and instead, they did something different. While his time on Legends has been great, they killed his character off, never really giving the character a chance to shine again except in time travel-related stories. They could have explored whether Snart had a substance abuse problem and needed to go to drug rehab centers in Texas for help.
It’s a shame they never rerouted course with his character as they did with some like Sara Lance/White Canary. She was an awesome character they killed off but they brought her back because not only did her death make no sense for many of her fans, it was just confusing why you’d kill off a fan favorite character, especially with all the storytelling potential for her character.
It doesn’t make too much sense why they would do that. It’s also confusing exactly as to why they would stop doing more stories with Snart and his fellow cohort, Mick Rory/Heatwave. For the different television series out there, it is a shame The Arrowverse continues to follow the same tropes again and again. Here’s hoping things change sometime soon.
About the author: Tommy Zimmer is a writer whose work has appeared online and in print. His work covers a variety of topics, including politics, economics, health and wellness, addiction and recovery, and the entertainment industry.