Will ‘Arrow’ Crossover With the DC ‘Justice League’ Movie Universe?

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Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen in Arrow City of Heroes Will Arrow Crossover With the DC Justice League Movie Universe?

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. While we recently gained some insight into the future direction of Marvel’s Avengers universe, the bumpy road that DC Comics and Warner Bros. is traveling has been much harder to pin down.

On the DC movie side, there’s Batman vs. Superman in the works – and little promise of anything else. On the TV side, 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.

When it comes to comic book movies, fans need very little to run wild with – and it seems as though these days, a suggestive picture posted on social media is enough to get them riled up good. Vin Diesel has used the tactic to great effect, posting pics of Marvel heroes Vision and Groot on his Facebook page, thereby sparking fan excitement before it was officially announced that he would indeed be part of Guardians of the Galaxy. Well, apparently Arrow‘s Stephen Amell has been taking notes, because he posted the following image to his own Facebook Page:

Stephen Amell Green Arrow Justice League 570x408 Will Arrow Crossover With the DC Justice League Movie Universe?

Obviously this has sparked a great deal of speculation, which we can pretty much boil down to four prospective scenarios – each of which we’ll examine:

  1. Amell’s Green Arrow will be part of a Justice League movie
  2. Amell’s Green Arrow will be part of Batman vs. Superman.
  3. Arrow the TV series will get its own version of the Justice League.
  4. Amell is just teasing us all.

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1. Green Arrow in the Justice League Movie

Green Arrow in Justice League Will Arrow Crossover With the DC Justice League Movie Universe?

What’s funny about the image Amell shared is that both of 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?

By now Amell is a certified fan-favorite, and those Justin Hartley cheerleaders have long since gone quiet. More to the point: Oliver Queen/Green Arrow is a grounded character who could play well in a Justice League movie, while effectively bridging DC’s movie and TV universes in a way that’s much more effective than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been (so far).

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  1. Don’t know how this will happen, being that they are not showing anyone with super powers at all. This will truly be the downfall of this show. As much as I love this show as well, We can’t expect a Justice League Crossover if they are not showing any Super power heroes or villains.

    • Seriously? What about Batman? He doesn’t have super powers, and he is freaking powerful. By the way, Batman is a founder of the Justice League.

    • Dude… They just had the Flash on the show.

      • Not to mention [SPOILER ALERT] pre-zombie Solomon Grundy, Merlyn coming back to life, and fully superhuman Deathstroke…

    • barry allen, aka the flash, was in the show, which means abnormal abilities are possible in the world of arrow.

      • How dare you .. that dark haired One Direction Gustin boy is not the real Barry Allen.I want another actor for the DCCU

    • I’m assuming you didn’t watch the second season, because the entire plot was based around the rise of “super humans”. I.E. (spoiler alert) Deathstroke, The Flash, The Red Arrow, Solomon Grundy (pre-death), and every character with the Mirakuru serum.

  2. When it comes to characters that are younger, Arrow is the perfect setting to introduce them if they are planning on crossing over. Flash will be a good judge to see how fans receive him and that will be the breaking point. If not you can’t introduce Amell, have fans not like Flash, keep the Flash show, put Amell in JL but with a different Flash. But say flash works out, great there’s your flash for JL, now last week with the idea of Nightwing, the best part of Nightwing is partially his back story, so a TV show has a much better chance of diving into a Dick Greyson backstory than a movie (Batman vs. Superman) that already has to introduce one major character with a backstory. So then they get a Nightwing (Penn Badgley would have an edge with his CW connections) give him a story arc of just having left Gotham to go on his own, he ends up meeting Amell either in flashbacks or in the current time stream, just some thoughts, would love some feedback.

  3. I like the idea of teasing characters in Batman vs. Superman. It shows that DC is serious about its plans moving forward. Also, having Green Arrow in the Justice League movie and even in Batman vs. Superman is just smart. One, he is a strong, already well established character that could add a lot to both movies. Also, there is no need to introduce any back story, so it almost costs nothing to add him. It’s better this way then adding a totally different Green Arrow down the line, requiring an introduction and back story etc. and its just seems dumb. If they are going to use the Green Arrow in the DC Cinematic universe, then this Green Arrow is the best Green Arrow they can use, so why not bring him in sooner rather than later?

    • Agreed. Would pick a different person for the Flash though, especially in a Justice League movie. My pick would be Charlie Hunnam.

  4. My only concern is that Arrow has already dealt with some (of my) favourite villains, namely Deathstroke, Deadshot, and Firefly, meaning they wouldn’t be able to be used on the big screen as well, given they already have Arrow-oriented origins.

    I do love Amell as Green Arrow though, and I’d love to seem him join JLA on the big screen.

    • I disagree… other than Firefly, who is dead, Deathstroke and Deadshot interact with all of the DC Universe in the comics… having someone like Deathstroke attack the Justice League would be a great way to introduce this Green Arrow to their universe.

  5. I would love- without quesiton- this Green Arrow being in the Justice League movie. I would. But to nothing more than hint at his existence in BvS, because I’m already getting scared by how crowded that movie is getting. Just tease his existence (I’m thinking of the Queen Consolidated box that appeared in the Batman: Arkham Origins trailer) and bring him in for JL.

  6. It’s going to happen guys! DC/WB is trying to establish as many JL characters as possible in preperation. It would take way too long at this point to give each character their own movie and then combine them. That’s the sole purpose for the WB’s creation of “Arrow” and “The Flash” series.

  7. Check out http://rationalcinema.wordpress.com/ for an interesting blog on the topic… WB def needs to merge the worlds

  8. I would rather see Stephen Amell’s version of Arrow be in the movie rather than seeing some-one else play Green Arrow.