In recent years, Green Arrow has become a more prominent character in the mainsteam DC Universe. The CW’s television adaptation Arrow has been a hit, Oliver Queen became a fan-favorite in previous shows such as Justice League Unlimited and Smallville. Meanwhile, in the comics, Green Arrow was a member of the Justice League of America, and writer Jeff Lemire’s run on the character received critical acclaim.
With this franchise at its highest point right now, it would be surprising if Warner Bros. did not cash in on that with a Green Arrow movie, especially after the unproduced Escape From Supermax script from a few years ago. Sure, the studio may wait until Arrow finishes its run, but if they can have both a Flash movie and a Flash television series going on at the same time, then why not Green Arrow? Plus, Oliver Queen has plenty of potential for the big screen, as a DCEU version can tap into elements of the character that Arrow has not touched yet.
Below, I’ve listed five actors who should be considered for the role of Green Arrow in the DC Extended Universe. Spoiler: there is no Charlie Hunnam on this list.
It is a bit surprising that Liam Hemsworth has yet to play a superhero. He auditioned to play Marvel’s Thor – a part which, of course, was later won by his brother Chris – while he is currently wrapping his multi-film role in The Hunger Games saga. Like his more popular brother, Liam is handsome, likable and a decent actor. He would be an ideal choice to land a comic book movie role, and one of these could be Green Arrow.
At 25, as of this writing, Hemsworth would be very age appropriate if Warner went with a younger Oliver Queen; think a Green Arrow: Year One-esque scenario. It would also play a role in Liam headlining his own superhero franchise, while Chris is starring in the Thor series. And with Marvel doing so well having a Hemsworth in its universe, perhaps WB may want to try to cast the younger brother for the DCEU.
Liam would do a good job playing the charismatic, celebrity Oliver Queen. And he has enough action chops to embrace the Green Arrow persona, making him a solid choice to add to the studio’s shortlist.
Not to mention, physically, Stevens is an ideal fit for Queen. While he can play all kinds of villainous characters in the DCEU – Reverse-Flash, Red Hood, etc. – it would be great to see him take on a heroic character such as Green Arrow. And, again, the actor is a rising star in Hollywood, so Warner Bros. would do well taking advantage of that by casting him in a key DC movie role.
Skarsgard is another fine actor who has yet to join a comic book franchise. Like Liam Hemsworth, he was in the running to play Thor before Chris Hemsworth was cast. Subsequently, that franchise also features Alexander’s father, Stellan Skarsgard, in a supporting role. Meanwhile, Alexander has appeared in tentpoles such as Battleship and The Giver, and he will star as Tarzan in Warner’s 2016 film. Assuming that the latter is a success, WB may want to reteam with Skarsgard on a DCEU film. Why not Green Arrow?
Skarsgard has the blonde, rugged good looks that are perfect for Oliver Queen. Also, the actor is 38 right now, and he will be somewhere in his 40s – at the earliest – by the time they bring Green Arrow to the big screen. So, he would be a great choice for an older, more seasoned Ollie. And he has some experience with action movies, making him more qualified for this role.
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