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Actor Rick Gonzalez Loves Wild Dog Costume Despite Terry Beatty's Dislike

Written by Tim Midura on Friday, November 03 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

Actor Rick Gonzalez Loves Wild Dog Costume Despite Terry Beatty's Dislike

Beatty co-created the character in 1987.

Source: Yahoo

Rick Gonzalez portrays Rene Ramirez aka Wild Dog on the hit CW series Arrow. As expected, the character got an updated costume to fit in with the grittiness of the series. Terry Beatty, co-creator of Wild Dog with Max Allan Collins, voiced his dislike of the new design.

"This change erases any trace of the original Collins/Beatty concept for the character. I would not be surprised if his name gets changed before too long, as well," Beatty wrote. "Whatever was unique about his 'street level' costume has been replaced with the current standard issue dark armored uniform — a generic 'third Imperial Guard from the left/Death-Blood-Stroke-Stryke/Image big gun' look. Sigh...."

Beatty has a point as that classic Image characters do fall in the vein of "Death-Blood-Stroke-Stryke". While not enjoying the costume, Beatty has praised Gonzalez's acting though. Meanwhile, Gonzalez spoke to Yahoo about Beatty's comments.

"I did hear that Terry Beatty, the original creator of Wild Dog in the comic books, wasn't too happy about [the costume upgrade]. And I totally get it. It can feel we're not keeping the integrity of Wild Dog the same, especially by changing his look."

Arrow airs Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW.


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