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UPDATED: Arrow star Stephen Amell says he's had "discussions" about appearing in a Justice League film

01.23.2014

UPDATED: Stephen Amell took to Facebook to debunk the below information, giving a lengthy explanation. He makes some good and valid points, for sure, but ultimately most of us approach this kind of chatter as speculation until it's officially announced anyway.

Here's Stephen:

When I do press, I try and be open, honest and thoughtful. That being said... I find it incredibly discouraging to see a headline like the ones I've been seeing this morning. Headlines that aren't just a stretch, they're totally fabricated. At no point, have I had 'studio level' discussions about any feature films at Warner Bros.

In this particular instance, when I read articles that take a pretty straightforward answer and slap a title on it that has little to no correlation to what I've actually said, it makes it seem as though I'm disrespecting my current position. Which is bullshit. And why would I do that? I mean... I'm not the smartest dude in the world. (After all... I picked a career in acting.) But would I really just casually subvert a process cloaked in secrecy? A process - by the way - being run by the company who currently employs me. C'MON!

We're making a kick ass show. We will continue to make a kick ass show. And I will continue to interact and provide interesting content for our fans. Because I love our fans. If every once and a while, some dickweed wants to pull a headline out of thin air to generate page views, then that's the price we pay.

The hunger for information on DC's plans in creating their own cinematic universe have gone ravenous of late, which seems to be working in the company's favor in terms of building hype. There's new speculation, rumors, tidbits, etc. hitting the web daily and while some folks have grown weary of it, others simply can't get enough. With that said, we've got some new information from Arrow star Stephen Amell, who says that there have been "discussions" about his incarnation of Arrow crossover with the big-screen JUSTICE LEAGUE film, but is both cautious and revealing in his response.

 

“All we have to do for something like that to happen, or even be a possibility, is continue to take care of business with our show and then we put ourselves in a position – but the important thing is our show,” he says, revealing that there definitely have been talks at a studio level. “I have had discussions, but I think the gestation process for this project is a lot slower than most people think. I mean, they haven't even shot the next one. They haven't even shot a frame of the movie before the movie everyone thinks is the Justice League movie!”

Amell's explanation reveals some interesting bits, namely the last sentence where he discusses "the movie before the movie" which could indicate that the rumored plans of BATMAN VS SUPERMAN and JUSTICE LEAGUE being the next two entries in the DC cinematic universe. With the release date being pushed back a year, that gives Amell plenty of time to stay focused on Arrow (and keeping ratings up), while contemplating a crossover into the film world. Could DC be planning to link their TV shows with their films as Marvel has? I can't see scenario where they wouldn't consider the possibility, especially when you're talking about merging an already successful and established brand. More food for thought, which is all this fan speculation is. If we can't talk about the possibilities then what the hell are we doing here, eh?

BATMAN VS SUPERMAN is now slated for May 6, 2016. You can catch Amell on CW's Arrow on Wednesdays 8/7c.

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Extra Tidbit: I think the progression of Amell's Oliver Queen shows great promise in crossing over into features. What do you think? Is CW's Arrow fit for the new DC Cinematic Universe?
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1:53PM on 01/23/2014
well if they do cast him then at least he wont be alone in being the only terrible actor on set he can go hang with Gal
well if they do cast him then at least he wont be alone in being the only terrible actor on set he can go hang with Gal
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9:10PM on 01/22/2014
Amell did go on Facebook and say this is a fabrication. You should at least update this.
Amell did go on Facebook and say this is a fabrication. You should at least update this.
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5:27PM on 01/22/2014

Only reason I wouldnt do this

is I want someone else for Flash, but he would be perfect as Green Arrow, would love to see it get done
is I want someone else for Flash, but he would be perfect as Green Arrow, would love to see it get done
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3:58PM on 01/22/2014
You should retract this article. Amell just went on a Facebook rant about how this is 100% false.
You should retract this article. Amell just went on a Facebook rant about how this is 100% false.
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3:29PM on 01/22/2014
I love Arrow...the best by far of anything I watch on TV. This incarnation of the character deserves to be part of the DC cinematic universe. However, that does not mean he has to be in the movie. I would hate for him to get the Hawkeye treatment. No, better, the TV series be allowed to directly reference the DC cinematic universe (characters, events...heck...throw in some solid cameos) and so properly support the cinematic universe in becoming the best it can be and also allow the series
I love Arrow...the best by far of anything I watch on TV. This incarnation of the character deserves to be part of the DC cinematic universe. However, that does not mean he has to be in the movie. I would hate for him to get the Hawkeye treatment. No, better, the TV series be allowed to directly reference the DC cinematic universe (characters, events...heck...throw in some solid cameos) and so properly support the cinematic universe in becoming the best it can be and also allow the series to hit another level of awesomeness!
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2:25PM on 01/22/2014
I think this could be the best way to go really. It's not likely that Green Arrow would have gotten his own movie series and the role would likely be over shadowed big time by characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc. in a Justice League movie if he were included. It still doesn't have to be a huge part, but it'd be a lot of fun to see him in the big team and then have the show to compliment the meatier parts of the character. Plus they've done really well with the show so I don't
I think this could be the best way to go really. It's not likely that Green Arrow would have gotten his own movie series and the role would likely be over shadowed big time by characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc. in a Justice League movie if he were included. It still doesn't have to be a huge part, but it'd be a lot of fun to see him in the big team and then have the show to compliment the meatier parts of the character. Plus they've done really well with the show so I don't see any reason why not (unless they have bigger plans for the Flash which would then make things tricky given that character's connection with the Arrow show).
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1:49PM on 01/22/2014
I do think he would fit, and the show is great. Plus, then they would already have Manu Bennett as Deathstroke as well. Love the actor.
I do think he would fit, and the show is great. Plus, then they would already have Manu Bennett as Deathstroke as well. Love the actor.
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1:21PM on 01/22/2014
Iīm ok with that, I mean this is the big DC superhero movie with Batman & Superman as the main attraction. We donīt need a big star playing Green Arrow, because we all wants to see Bat & Supes together, maybe Wonder Woman, but with this characters in the center of the story movie probably Arrow will be only supporting role. So bring the guy in! He deserves it. The show is much better than what I expected and Amell is pretty decent in the job. If they were making a big budget Arrow solo movie,
Iīm ok with that, I mean this is the big DC superhero movie with Batman & Superman as the main attraction. We donīt need a big star playing Green Arrow, because we all wants to see Bat & Supes together, maybe Wonder Woman, but with this characters in the center of the story movie probably Arrow will be only supporting role. So bring the guy in! He deserves it. The show is much better than what I expected and Amell is pretty decent in the job. If they were making a big budget Arrow solo movie, I can accept a recast. But in this context I can see Amell in the show.
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1:15PM on 01/22/2014
Personally, I think they should keep the show separate from the movies. I just started watching Arrow a couple weeks ago. I have 3 episode left of season 1 and so far I think its an awesome show. A million times better than Agents of Shield. With that said, it does have it faults. Mostly the Soup Opera crap they throw in. Stephen Amell is an OK actor but I can't picture him on the big screen playing his Green Arrow. He is good for TV Green Arrow but I but not for the big screen. Plus I think
Personally, I think they should keep the show separate from the movies. I just started watching Arrow a couple weeks ago. I have 3 episode left of season 1 and so far I think its an awesome show. A million times better than Agents of Shield. With that said, it does have it faults. Mostly the Soup Opera crap they throw in. Stephen Amell is an OK actor but I can't picture him on the big screen playing his Green Arrow. He is good for TV Green Arrow but I but not for the big screen. Plus I think it would ruin the show if they brought him in. Then the show would have to bring up the fact the Superman and the Justice League universe exists. I also heard they brought Flash into the new season so that means they would have to involve him too. Keep it simple, keep it separate.
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12:58PM on 01/22/2014
They could pull it off. Arrow, Flash, Constantine, and Gotham on TV with Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman on the big screen, all coming together in the Justice League movie. Gotham should be set in the past, give it a mid-80s vibe, so it could fit in with Affleck as the adult Batman today. Amell is an excellent Ollie and if they want the Green Arrow in JL, it should be him. Gustan was very likeable as Barry Allen on the show and I can't wait to see his solo series. There could be problems
They could pull it off. Arrow, Flash, Constantine, and Gotham on TV with Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman on the big screen, all coming together in the Justice League movie. Gotham should be set in the past, give it a mid-80s vibe, so it could fit in with Affleck as the adult Batman today. Amell is an excellent Ollie and if they want the Green Arrow in JL, it should be him. Gustan was very likeable as Barry Allen on the show and I can't wait to see his solo series. There could be problems with the "realistic" versions of classic DC characters that have appeared on Arrow (JimmyArrow already mentioned Solomon Grundy), but they can work it out.
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12:13PM on 01/22/2014
Yupp, that would be awesome for him to join the Justice League in movies. As long as they leave the show as it's own thing. Don't try to take Arrow in the Agents of SHIELD route where they try to connect what happens in the movies with what happens in the show. Just let the show follow it's own storyline regardless of Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman. Then when things go down in a Justice League movie, he's just there to be called in. Kind of like the rookie being called up to the big
Yupp, that would be awesome for him to join the Justice League in movies. As long as they leave the show as it's own thing. Don't try to take Arrow in the Agents of SHIELD route where they try to connect what happens in the movies with what happens in the show. Just let the show follow it's own storyline regardless of Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman. Then when things go down in a Justice League movie, he's just there to be called in. Kind of like the rookie being called up to the big leagues if you will.

Only issue with this is they corner themselves into having to use Gustin as their Flash. Unless that show doesn't do so well, they can write out Barry Allen and write in Wally West for the big screen treatment.
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11:54AM on 01/22/2014
I really like Amell as Arrow/Green Arrow and the show is amazing. Talking about Justice League is early. Batman/Superman movie got pushed back for a year so I doubt if anything regarding Justice League movie is set in stone.
I really like Amell as Arrow/Green Arrow and the show is amazing. Talking about Justice League is early. Batman/Superman movie got pushed back for a year so I doubt if anything regarding Justice League movie is set in stone.
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11:49AM on 01/22/2014
Arrow has been amazing week after week and he has been a BIG reason why. I say DC connects the show into the Justice League and gives him the part of Green Arrow in the Justice League film. He has more than proved that he is worthy of making the transition from the small screen of playing the character to the big screen.
Arrow has been amazing week after week and he has been a BIG reason why. I say DC connects the show into the Justice League and gives him the part of Green Arrow in the Justice League film. He has more than proved that he is worthy of making the transition from the small screen of playing the character to the big screen.
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11:47AM on 01/22/2014

They had to plan this before

Making a cohesive TV/movie universe is extremely hard and trying to improvise one out of thin air because you have a successful TV show will not work. Arrow has expanding its universe more and more, creating its own origins for a few famous characters and casting with the budget CW could afford. "Would it look good on the big screen" isn't a question they asked themselves, nor is it a question they should've asked themselves. If the Man of Steel franchise ever wants to use the Solomon Grundy
Making a cohesive TV/movie universe is extremely hard and trying to improvise one out of thin air because you have a successful TV show will not work. Arrow has expanding its universe more and more, creating its own origins for a few famous characters and casting with the budget CW could afford. "Would it look good on the big screen" isn't a question they asked themselves, nor is it a question they should've asked themselves. If the Man of Steel franchise ever wants to use the Solomon Grundy character, they should be allowed to start fresh with something that correspond to their own budget without having to be tied up by the show's mythology.
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11:40AM on 01/22/2014
I like the show but keep it separate
I like the show but keep it separate
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11:31AM on 01/22/2014
All for it. Amell deserves it!
All for it. Amell deserves it!
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11:23AM on 01/22/2014
I like Arrow a lot and am really glad Ollie has gotten a proper mask courtesy of Barry, but I think the people at DC/Warner really need to sit down and think about a cohesive universe between their TV and movie properties. I don't know how credible those rumours were, but that David Ramsey was even considered for the part for Lex Luthor when he's playing a major supporting ally on Arrow is worrying if it's true. Something that could well happen - and it would be pretty sad - is if there ended
I like Arrow a lot and am really glad Ollie has gotten a proper mask courtesy of Barry, but I think the people at DC/Warner really need to sit down and think about a cohesive universe between their TV and movie properties. I don't know how credible those rumours were, but that David Ramsey was even considered for the part for Lex Luthor when he's playing a major supporting ally on Arrow is worrying if it's true. Something that could well happen - and it would be pretty sad - is if there ended up being two Justice Leagues in other media, one on TV and one in the movies, and never the twain shall meet. While Arrow's a great show on the whole, I'm not the biggest fan of Amell, who has this soap opera-y acting style through the whole thing.
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