Stephen Amell Discusses Re-Casting Of Green Arrow In DCEU

It was a controversial choice for the DC Extended Universe to re-cast characters that were already appearing on television. Fans reacted with amaze and anger when they learned that Ezra Miller would play Barry Allen in the DCEU instead of TV star Grant Gustin. This decision has been given a lot of flack from both the public, and stars of shows like Arrow and The Flash.

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“I Do Not Have A Right To Oliver Queen…”

During a panel at Salt Lake City Comic-Con, Arrow star Stephen Amell discussed the DCEU, and his opinion might surprise a lot of fans. Amell in the past criticized Warner Bros. for announcing Ezra Miller’s casting of The Flash. Not because he thinks Gustin should have been given the role, simply because it was bad timing. Speaking here it seems the Arrow star is a lot more comfortable with the DCEU than we have previously heard.

“Again, I just thought the timing of the Flash film casting was less than appropriate. I do not have a right to Oliver Queen. Someone played it before me, someone voiced it before me, somebody will play him after me. I don’t believe there are plans for Oliver Queen in the DCEU, based on things people have told me. But I would not be upset if that changed at all.”

“I Think The Television Universe Has Done Just Fine For Itself.”

Amell then went on to discuss the DC Television Universe, specifically talking about how they keep the two universes separate. The actor also makes sure to tell fans that there is no war between the TV and movie sides of DC Comics.

“That’s not how that works. Diane Nelson, Geoff Johns, the people at WB on the features side, the people at WB on the TV side are all in the business of making the best products for the fans. Diane Nelson sent me a very, very eloquent email explanation as to why they thought the cinematic universe and the television universe should remain separate, and it made perfect sense to me… Look, there is no in-fighting, there is no war between the two factions. It’s all a collaborative effort and in the grand scheme of things, I think that the television universe has done just fine for itself.”

Do you wish the DC Extended Universe and Television Universe existed in the same world? Are you glad to hear that there is no conflict between DCTV and DC movies? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below.


Kieran McLean
Kieran McLean
I’m obsessed with all areas of film and pop-culture, whether that’s a hidden world of witches and wizards, a universe filled with superheroes or a galaxy far, far away.