‘Arrow’ Producers React To Emily Bett Rickards’ Exit

Emily Bett Rickards is officially leaving Arrow at the end of season seven and producers Greg Berlanti and Beth Schwartz have shared their thoughts on the emotional departure.

Arrow will be ending after its eighth season on The CW. Arrow kicked off a whole TV universe, dubbed the “Arrowverse”, of hit DC superhero shows that fans have fallen in love with for almost a decade. Although producers Greg Berlanti and Beth Schwartz will be giving Arrow a proper sendoff next season, Emily Bett Rickards will not be there for it.

Emily Bett Rickards, who plays Felicity Smoak in the series, announced earlier today that she would not be coming back for Arrow season eight. Producers Greg Berlanti and Beth Schwartz have now given their official thoughts on the departure of Emily Bett Rickards at the end of season seven. Check out what the duo had to say about the subject below via TV Line.

“We’ve had the pleasure of working with Emily since Season 1 and in those past seven years she has brought one of TV’s most beloved characters to life”

The statement from the producing duo continued as such.

 “And although we’re heartbroken to see both Emily and Felicity leave the show, we’re completely supportive of Emily and her future endeavors. She will always have a family at Arrow.”

Although Greg Berlanti and Beth Schwartz’s Arrow will be ending after season eight, fans still have plenty of DC shows on The CW to check out. The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl will make sure the Arrowverse lives on after Arrow ends. Outside of the Arrowverse, The CW also has comic book adaptations like Black Lightning and Riverdale for fans to indulge in.

The DC Universe streaming service will also be rolling out a slew of new shows this year. Aside from the already-released episodes of Titans, Doom Patrol, and Young Justice: Outsiders subscribers can look forward to new shows like Swamp Thing, Stargirl, and Harley Quinn coming to the streaming service by the end of the year.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all news regarding Emily Bett Rickards’ final days on Arrow as soon as more information becomes available. How do you feel about Emily Bett Rickards leaving Arrow after season seven? What do you think about Greg Berlanti and Beth Schwartz’s comments?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Arrow stars Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Katie Cassidy, Echo Kellum, Juliana Harkavy, Rick Gonzalez and Colton Haynes.

Arrow airs Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ET on The CW

Source: TV Line

Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

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Batman Ben Affleck Matt ReevesBen Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.

Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.

Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.

In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender X-Men

Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.

Ben Barnes

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Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling Blade Runner 2049

I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.

Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm Mad Men

Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.

Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.

Richard Madden

Richard Madden Bodyguard

Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.

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