Warner Bros. is currently building its long-awaited DC Cinematic Universe. It was officially kick-started by Man of Steel last summer, and will continue to expand with 2015’s Batman vs. Superman. Movies for The Flash and Justice League are also reportedly in development. However, fans have wanted to see Arrow and its upcoming Flash spin-off to take place in this universe. While executive producer Greg Berlanti has said that there have been no discussions to connect the two, we have yet to receive a definite answer.
In the meantime, series star Stephen Amell has expressed his desire to see his take on Oliver Queen alongside the likes of Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affeck’s Batman. In an interview with Quiver Podcast (thanks to ComicBook.com for the transcription), the actor is asked about his thoughts on the idea, and he goes on to discuss how he and other Arrow actors want their incarnations to be more than the TV versions of the characters. “Of course, I would like them to have a shared universe. The big distinction and the most important distinction for me and everybody on the show, by the way, is I’m not playing the television version of Oliver Queen. Caity Lotz is not playing the television version of The Canary, and Manu Bennett is not trying to encapsulate the television version of Slade Wilson. Grant Gustin is not trying to do the television version of Barry Allen.”
Amell then says that, while they would love to see Arrow set in the DC Cinematic Universe, the priority is to continue making a great television show. “We’re trying to do the definitive versions. We’re trying to put them on a level where if Warner Bros. and DC Comics decided that they wanted them to be a part of the movie people would buy it, right. Whether that happens or not, that’s not really our concern, our concern is we have a lot of momentum going in our second season, and Greg has a very, very famous, at least in my head, saying of ‘You have a hit television show, until you don’t have a hit television show.’ So for me to look past, we’re in the middle of shooting episode 14 right now, and it’s a bear, as all the episodes are coming, and for me to look past episode 14 would really be a disservice to the people who have been with us since the Fall of 2012.” Finally, he shares his belief that the characters on the show can stand alongside the current big screen incarnations of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. “But I think the characters that we are creating in our universe could stand next to Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot. I think that we could stand next to them and everybody would go, ‘Good, I like that.’”
You can watch Quiver’s full interview with Amell below. Do you want Arrow to be connected to the DC Cinematic Universe? And Happy Holidays to all of our readers.
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