“Arrow” actor Stephen Amell doesn’t agree with Warner Bros. casting a different version of “The Flash” in their DC cinematic universe.
During an interview with AMC Movie Talk, the Green Arrow actor explained why he didn’t care for the timing of Warner Bros.’ DC slate announcement considering the success of the CW’s “The Flash.”
“I thought that the way that Warner Bros. announced the slate of DC movies could have been handled better,” Amell said. “And I think someone like Grant Gustin, who has just launched an iconic character like the Flash to record-breaking numbers, numbers that far-surpassed Arrow’s numbers, he should have been given a wider berth than two episodes before another actor was announced to play his character.
“All that being said, that’s because I’m protective of Grant, and that’s because I think producing 23 episodes of superhero television is more difficult than producing a feature film. And it’s 23 episodes again, and again, and again.”
However, Amell doesn’t believe DC needs to connect their film and TV universes in order to have successful franchises. He’s excited to see the introduction to the “Justice League” and the standalone superhero movies that will comes out of it.
“I’ve had some great conversations with Geoff Johns, who is DC’s Chief Creative Officer. We had this conversation shortly after these announcements were made, and I came away from the conversation feeling great,” he told AMC Movie Talk.
“Arrow” airs on the CW on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. The first film in the DC slate, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” will be released to theaters on March 25, 2016.