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.
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.
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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