With so many beloved genre franchises being transformed into expansive multimedia universes, it’s an exciting (and worrisome) time to be a fanboy or girl.
Stephen Amell, TV’s Oliver Queen on Arrow, has made no secret that he would like to monopolize the character. He has repeatedly mentioned in interviews that he’d love to join up with the Justice League on the big screen, and even voiced Green Arrow in the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us. Arrow is doing better than ever, and that show will try to spinoff a Flash TV series – and just this week it was announced that an Hourman TV show is also in the works. With the DCU alive and flourishing on the small screen, there’s been little reason to wonder about potential crossovers with the movie side of things; however, that conversation is about to start, thanks to Arrow star Stephen Amell.
Wednesday on his official Facebook page, the actor posted an image of an add for an old issue of Justice League of America – specifically the one where Green Arrow joins the team. The ad reads: “Here it is, the exciting news you’ve been waiting for! The Green Arrow Joins the mightiest heroes of our time as a full-fledged member of the Justice League of America!”
This set off speculation, which he has neither confirmed nor denied, that there have been some real conversations, if not deals, that will place Amell in a Justice League film – and could potentially connect the world of CW’s ever-growing DC Universe on TV with the world of Man of Steel, its upcoming sequel referred as Batman vs. Superman, and finally the Justice League film also in the works.
The vintage comic book covers list the same lineup of characters – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter – and of course, Green Arrow. That’s just a little too on-the-nose to be completely ignored as a tease – especially since the books specifically focus on Amell’s character being inducted into the team. That COULD be a sign of things to come on the TV series (more on that later) – or it could be an indication of something much bigger. Amell previously stated on record that he wants to be in the Justice League movie; was that just wishful thinking, or a foreshadow of what’s to come?
As far as Batman vs. Superman goes, there are rumors upon rumors, with multiple actresses said to have been either in talks or in screen tests to play Wonder Woman in a cameo in the film, and a rumor of Dick Grayson – as Nightwing. Could a full (perhaps after-credits) scene featuring the Justice League (with Amell in Green) be included as well? It’s all rumors for now, but one thing’s for sure, Amell is up for it.