Stephen Amell Wants to Play Green Arrow in ‘Justice League’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 11th, 2013 at 8:30 am,

Stephen Amell as Green Arrow in Justice League Stephen Amell Wants to Play Green Arrow in Justice League

Arrow has fast become one of the more successful shows in The CW’s lineup, thanks in no small part to Stephen Amell’s cool, collected performance as “The Hood” (A.K.A. Green Arrow). So it makes sense that, with all the talk of a proposed Justice League film of late, people are wondering if the actor might have a spot on the team as the emerald archer.

Apparently, Stephen Amell is one of those people. In a recent interview, Amell talked about his desire to play the character in the inevitable Justice League film and compared the role to that of RDJ’s Iron Man.

Courtesy of SciFiNow, Amell talked about Green Arrow being like Iron Man:

“I think that Green Arrow has an opportunity to mature in much the same way Iron Man did in the Marvel universe. He wasn’t necessarily a top level character, but because they made an ‘Iron Man’ movie and it was successful, it vaulted him up and now he anchors the Avengers.”

It’s worth noting that Green Arrow and Iron Man are, as superheroes go, actually quite similar. They’re both notorious playboys. They’re both super rich. They both have legendary goatees.

But they’re also very different, especially when it comes to live-action presentation. This is not a slight against Green Arrow at all, but Iron Man is just far more “sellable” cinematically than a guy who runs around shooting arrows at bad guys as a means to take a bite out of crime. Which isn’t to say that Green Arrow isn‘t sellable or even capable of major success on the big screen – rather, he’s just not all that comparable to Iron Man aside from the aforementioned cosmetic and personality attributes.

Green Arrow in the Justice League Movie Stephen Amell Wants to Play Green Arrow in Justice League

According to SciFiNow, Amell is so into the idea of joining the Justice League cast that he’s even willing to sweep the floors every day after shooting is done. As to whether or not there’s much of a shot of Green Arrow joining the team, Amell said:

“It’s always up to what’s popular at the moment. Right now archery seems to be having a mini renaissance, so hopefully he can settle into a firm rotating member of the DC Justice League of America.”

If The Avengers can do Hawkeye with Jeremy Renner, who’s to say that Justice League can’t do Green Arrow with Amell? After all, Arrow has been consistently well-reviewed (The Huntress and Seth Gabel’s “Heath Ledger” imitation aside), the show is by and large considered thoroughly entertaining, and Stephen Amell is the glue that holds the whole thing together. The Justice League movie could do far, far worse.

The problem is, Stephen Amell’s “The Hood” is basically Batman for the small screen.

Steven Amell in Arrow The Undertaking Stephen Amell Wants to Play Green Arrow in Justice League

Whereas the comic book version of Green Arrow was a wisecracking activist and a ladies man (with a flair for Robin Hood-esque fashions and facial hair), the Arrow version of Green Arrow is a somber, brooding vigilante on a war-like crusade – inspired by the death of his father! – to take down the criminal element that has sullied his hometown of Starling City. He even “poses” as a party animal bachelor by day to throw off any suspicions that he might be “The Hood,” not unlike Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

Of course, this isn’t really a problem within the show itself – Arrow is pretty unabashed about its Batman and Nolan influences, and the show works regardless. That said, if you put “The Hood” from Arrow in a Justice League movie next to THE Batman, mightn’t it come across as sort of redundant?

What do you think, Screen Ranters? Would you like to see Green Arrow in the forthcoming Justice League movie? And if so, would you like to see Stephen Amell in the role? Drop us a line in the comments.


Justice League does not have a release date or a production timeline as of yet. Arrow season 2 premieres Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 @9pm on The CW.

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Source: SciFiNow [via Comic Book Movie]

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  1. I think the green arrow would be perfect with the justice league . There making so many batman and spider man movies I am sick of them. Bring in new heros . My fav hero is arrow and flash. They should make more movies about the under apprective. Heros

  2. I didn’t know about the Green Arrow till I watched it from season 1 to its latest episode. I think this might be a great chance for the Arrow to be part of the upcoming Justice League film, and the perfect person to play the role is Stephen Amell.

  3. So are you completely ignoring how stiff and emotionless of an actor Amell is? He works in a CW series because they are about pretty people. He isn’t seen as a terrible actor on the series because of the crappy cast around him, but put him next to some quality big screen actors and he would be downright miserable. I gave him 2 seasons to really see him progress but he has hit his limit as an actor. Granted the writing is pretty bad and they don’t do him any favors but the Green Arrow would have to be recast if they want to add him to the Justice League.

    • Oh man, I completely agree. What’s the target audience for the CW as a network?…like, 15 to 25 yr. olds? We watch it and Flash, but (IMO) the acting is horrible – they would definitely need a better big screen Green Arrow.

      • Channing Tatum as GA.

  4. Amell as the Green Arrow would be a great addition to the Justice League. I believe he has the chops to work with anyone. I strongly believe whomever is the writer, director and producer(s) of the movie play a huge role on its success. It would be exciting to see Oliver already as the full fledged Green Arrow in the movie. Plus it gives us a glimpse of what he would become.Then it would give the TV writers the daunting task of explaining how he came to that.

  5. Although I’m not so much a fan of the TV series “Arrow” for several reasons (yet I keep giving it The Chance as GREEN ARROW is my fave DC character), I admire Amell’s desire to be involved anyway-anyhow w/ the JLA films. & I feel there MUST be a GA involved, though, yea, I’d rather the “wisecracking activist and a ladies man…”. GA & Bats have worked together in countless stories & not just JLA, & They Work. Just have Amell grow a goatee & not wear his “hoodie” when standing next to Bats – however, I doubt anyone would ever get confused. Look, neither are Super Heroes so they’re “super” in other methods… similar, yea, but one is green, the other dark Black-Blue; one uses Archery, the other countless skills w/ a utility belt full of tricks, etc… From Gotham to Seattle (or Star City but everyone knows it’s really Seattle while Gotham is a jux of Boston/NYC). GA in JLA will work. In the immortal words of John & Paul, “Let It Be”… Cheers.

    • …with all I just wrote above, however, I completely agree w/ Commenter Zach. “He (Amell) works in a CW series because they are about pretty people.” Huge chunk why I have trouble w/ [GREEN] Arrow… but, perhaps there’s more to Amell than “we” know, as an actor. The fact he’s cast for CW could be exactly why he performs in their written style… (a job is a job, eh?). Give him a chance to act around good-to-great actors w/ a much better script, &, who knows… if anything, he’d be inspired to act harder.

      I’m speculating, but if he fails in “casting auditions”, then let’s go get Channing Tatum!

  6. I think there is is no other actor better suited to play Green Arrow than Stephen Amell. Though he is TV Actor, his portrayal of the Green Arrow screams Big Screen potential. I would definitely be first in line to see the movie.