It seems that not everyone was pleased with the Season 6 premiere of Arrow’s debut of Wild Dog‘s new outfit. The series revealed a new costume for the character, much to the dismay of Wild Dog co-creator, Terry Beatty.
Rene Ramirez a.k.a. Wild Dog was introduced in the Season 5 premiere of Arrow, as a vigilante Oliver recruited for the new Team Arrow. A former Navy SEAL, whose wife was tragically murdered, Rene was inspired to become a hero. As a newbie to the team, he formed a strong friendship with Quentin Lance, who worked with Rene so the hero could regain custody of his daughter.
Last week’s Season 6 premiere saw the debut of Rene’s new costume, which ditched the character’s iconic hockey mask and shirt for a more Arrow-esque, dark and armoured costume. Terry Beatty, who co-creator Wild Dog, posted his thoughts about the new costumer on Facebook.
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While praising the performance of Rick Gonzalez, who plays the character on Arrow, Beatty has a lot to say about the new look, which according to Beatty “erases any trace of the original Collins/Beatty concept for the character” since the costume and name were the only aspects of the comicbook character that were carried over to the TV series. Beatty continued by saying that the change makes the character “literally Wild Dog in name only” – and he worries that the name may be the next thing to go.
It’s unclear what inspired the change in costume, though many believe that the intent was simply to make Wild Dog fit in better with his teammates. However, this contrasts Beatty’s vision of the character, as he designed Wild Dog to have a “street-level” look. Season 5 kept to the original design of the hockey mask, blue jersey and camouflage trousers, which helped to make him unique among the other vigilantes.