Arrow has been a major success for The CW, creating many new fans of DC’s Emerald Archer. The show has been so well-received that, in fact, fans were hoping that it and its spin-off series The Flash would be incorporated into the DC Cinematic Universe. However, Geoff Johns previously denied that the movies and TV shows will be connected, and this was reaffirmed when Ezra Miller was cast as Barry Allen for 2018’s The Flash movie, rather than series star Grant Gustin. Still, that hasn’t stopped Arrow star Stephen Amell from talking about the big screen potential for his character.
Speaking with The Wall Street Journal, Amell is asked if he is “ready” to star in a Green Arrow movie following the announcements of many DC and Marvel films within the past few weeks. The actor isn’t particularly interested in the idea, citing his preference of shooting 23 hours worth of material for one television season over the typical two hours worth of a feature film. “I am completely indifferent. First of all, wanting a movie undersells the idea that making 23 episodes a year isn’t a huge achievement. It is and I would put that degree of difficulty up against any feature film that has ever been made… except “Lord of the Rings” and that gigantic Peter Jackson-led undertaking… and maybe “Titanic.” But, other than those two movies, I’d put making 23 hours of interesting content in a TV season up against anything on the film side. It is difficult to me to want or envision an “Arrow” movie when we are shooting the 10th episode of our third season with 13 more episodes to go and in all likelihood 3 more seasons on the other side of that. I’m interested in keeping that content fresh. Once we get to the end of that road, maybe then I’ll shift my focus.” However, he then admits that he does feel like he should play Oliver Queen on the big screen if that ever comes to pass.
Amell then goes on to discuss Ezra Miller playing the big screen version of The Flash, rather than Grant Gustin. While he admits that he wishes the CW star was cast instead, he’s open to two different incarnations of the character co-existing. “I feel like it should be Grant doing the movie. But the important thing to remember is just because Grant Gustin plays the part of Barry Allen doesn’t mean Ezra Miller can’t also play Barry Allen. There can be different interpretations of the character. Anyone who is a fan of the comics knows the Flash character is one of the forces that leads to parallel universes.” Amell adds that the same could apply to whoever plays the movie version of Green Arrow. “And who knows, they might find a fantastic actor to play Oliver Queen on the feature side who has a different take on the character. I’m certainly a departure from the typical Oliver Queen from the comic books. I just think that everybody needs to be patient with the whole thing. The fact that DC and Warner have announced all these comic book features is nothing but good for business.”
For more from Amell, in which he teases this season of Arrow, the crossover with The Flash and whether or not Oliver will fight Ra’s al Ghul, click the link above.