If it’s up to Stephen Amell, he would like to see an Arrow film with all the notable characters that have played a huge part in Oliver Queen’s (Stephen) journey so far in the 5 seasons of the TV show. He also wants to debut their own version of the DC superhero, Batman, played by his cousin, Robbie Amell.
Arrow has just wrapped up its fifth season in some sort of a cliffhanger that will keep its loyal followers eager for its comeback in late 2017 or early next year. But while Oliver’s adventure on the small screen is still a bit far from over, Stephen is already setting his sights on the big screen with the possibility of a movie iteration of his CW show. Not only did he entertain the thought of a film adaptation of his series, he also wants to bring Robbie taking on the caped crusader. The 29-year-old, in fact, is no stranger to being in the Arrowverse. He has worked on The Flash as Ronnie Raymond/Firestorm which is also part of the same shared TV thread.
Stephen’s comments came out of his spotlight panel during the recently held Heroes & Villains Fan Fest in London. He together with panel-crasher and Arrow co-star Emily Bett Rickards (who plays Felicity in the series) was taking on some fan questions when they were asked about which characters from the show they like to see in a feature-length film about the vigilante superhero. Stephen tinkered on the possibility for a moment before he narrated his plans. Emily meanwhile chimed in about maybe introducing their own iteration of the Bat of Gotham to which Stephen suggested that he is played by Robbie.
“If we were going to do a feature-length film, what I would like to do is I would actually use every single important character from the history of the show that people thought were really important, I’d like to put them all in a situation where they’d all have to work together. And I would like to put the entirety of the amount of money that we put into an entire season into, like, 98-minutes of screen time and see what happens.”
As of now, Batman in the DC Extended Universe is a role being played by Ben Affleck after he debuted the role in last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. And if everything goes according to Warner Bros’ plan, he is expected to inhabit that role in the next few years as he is signed up to do both Justice League films, as well as, a standalone Batman movie directed by Matt Reeves. This leaves minuscule possibility of Robbie possibly playing Bruce Wayne in DCEU – at least in the near future.
From there, it is also important to note that there is a conscious separation between the DC TV and Cinematic Universe which poses a huge hurdle on Robbie possibly playing Batman in the proposed Arrow feature-length film. Even if Affleck eventually decides to step down from his current superhero role and Robbie picks up the mantle, it will be too much of a convoluted narrative thread for what is supposed to be an interconnected movie series.
At this point, Stephen and Emily’s idea maybe a little too far fetched in terms of it materializing on the big screen. However, it could maybe work if they bring in Robbie as Batman in the existing Arrowverse. The previously mentioned separation of DC TV and film worlds allow to the properties to have a character played by two actors like Grant Gustin and Ezra Miller both taking on the role as the Flash.
Arrow season 6 will premiere on the CW in late 2017 or early 2018.
Source: Comic Book