The various series that comprise The CW’s Arrowverse have never been shy about taking a political stance. Whether it’s J’onn J’onzz declaring that the DEO will no longer use lethal weaponry, or the proliferation of queer characters (including the first lesbian superhero lead character in Batwoman and the first trans superhero in Supergirl), the creators on each of the shows are definitely making poignant statements.
However, there are apparently limits to how much social critique the series’ are allowed to get away with, after the revelation that a controversial quote from President Donald Trump was cut from the “Crisis on Earth-X” crossover.
Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow creator and showrunner Marc Guggenheim revealed a joke from the 2017 Arrowverse crossover that never made it to air. As Green Arrow and Flash are facing their fascist duplicates, Dark Flash is revealed to be Eobard Thawne, previously thought to have been erased from reality in the first season of The Flash. As Barry Allen questioned his dark duplicate, he posed the question of why Thawne has allied himself with Nazis. Thawne responded with the words, “Don’t judge. Some of them are very fine people.”
This single, undelivered line hearkens back to the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia. A peaceful counter-protest was violently disrupted when a supporter of the “Unite the Right” rally drove his car into the crowd, killing counter-protester Heather Heyer. When asked to speak about the violence in Charlottesville, and for a condemnation of the right-wing violence, President Donald Trump replied that “you also had people that were very fine people on both sides.” Trump’s “very fine people” was viewed by some as an endorsement of the “Unite the Right” supporters.
Guggenheim noted that he “was very fond of the ‘very fine people’ joke,” but given that the incident had happened a little over a month before the episode was to air, it could be that the joke was seen as being in poor taste, with Heather Heyer’s death standing as a stark reminder of the divisive attitudes sweeping the nation.
Marc Guggenheim has revealed an unused Donald Trump joke from the “Crisis on Earth-X” Arrowverse crossover.