Arrow kicked off the shared DC universe on the small screen known as the Arrowverse. What Iron Man did for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Man of Steel for the DC Extended Universe, Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen did for the shared universe now encompassing The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl– though technically on a different Earth- Vixen, and, retroactively, Constantine. It also stands as the longest running of the DCCW adaptations, by virtue of it coming out before the others.
All that goodwill earned by Arrow is good for the shared universe on the small screen, but not necessarily the big screen, and when it comes to the larger scale DC projects, there’s been a bit of a divide. Now comic fans can and have embraced the concept of the multiverse before, yes, so when Ezra Miller plays Barry Allen at the same time as Grant Gustin, that shouldn’t be a problem. But the stars on Arrow have been vocal about whether they could make the leap to the big screen on the DCEU side of things.
As of right now, that’s not the case, and there’s probably a better argument that if we got a DC Extended Universe adaptation of the Green Arrow character, it would be a different actor. After all, Jurnee Smollett-Bell has already been cast in the role of Black Canary for Birds of Prey. So that would mean a DCEU Oliver Queen played by Stephen Amell would be interacting with a different Canary that isn’t played by Katie Cassidy. I say all this to say that the odds of the CW Arrow cast transitioning to the big screen are slim to none, but that hasn’t stopped Amell from discussing the possibilities in the past.
Or in the present, which brings us to today’s story. While engaging with his fans on a Facebook Live Q&A, Amell stated that there wouldn’t be an Arrow movie because they’re still shooting the show. He did appear to hint at something else, but stopped short. Now that could all be a tease, and Amell is quite good at that when it comes to interacting with fans. But right now, the answer is no.
Now maybe if the cast and crew of Arrow wanted to be involved with a DCEU adaptation of Green Arrow, that could be a possibility. Or, here’s another example: do what the Todd Phillips Joker film is doing and just have it be an Elseworlds sort of tale that doesn’t collude or intersect with the mainline DC films. Because again, with there already being a different Barry Allen on both film and TV, as well as Deathstroke, it’s hard to envision a scenario where the cast and crew of the CW Arrow reprise their roles for a DCEU adaptation that has already cast new interpretations of DC characters seen on the small screen.
What do you say? If there ever was a Green Arrow film, should it utilize the cast of the CW series? Should it be completely fresh from the ground up? Let us know in the comments below and come back to us after the seventh season premieres this upcoming week.
Arrow stars Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy, Katie Cassidy, Colton Haynes, and Kirk Acevedo. The seventh season will premiere this Monday, October 15, on the CW.
Source: Facebook Live