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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  1. You’re right about redundancy but I would love to see Amell as Green Arrow in the Justice League. I’m not sure we’ll get to enjoy that on Arrow itself since we know there will be a JL movie.

  2. 1 – The hoods and batmans moral codes can be enough to separate them as character.
    2 – Storywise they could have some villain (darksied/doomsday) threaten or attack various cities, including starling city, giving the hood a reason to join the league.

  3. -100 likeky

    I dont see Warner forcing JL creative team to build the screenplay and universe taking into account a tv show universe, and making that crossover with its lead actor.

  4. If they had any sense they would’ve been planning this from the start of Arrow with a little Easter Egg in Man Of Steel…

  5. I’ve been saying for some time now: if DC want to be as successful as Marvel in the cinema, they’re going to need to take a slightly different approach.

    Their best bet would be to split their IPs between big-budget movies (Man of Steel, TDK) and TV (Arrow) and then bring both mediums together in the Justice League movie. That way, those characters who might not necessarily survive a feature length picture on their own, such as Green Arrow, get a chance to shine.

  6. It would be really cool if Arrow were in the 2015 Justice League, but the show is barley going on it’s second season. You know that there’ll be more Justice League movies, and I think we could wait till the show gets into a couple of more seasons. The main heroes in JLA will probably end up putting is Superman, Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman. Maybe buy the next Justice League movie they could add a couple of more characters. Like, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Atom, and GREEN ARROW. Let’s get Stephen Amell to play Green Arrow in the Justice League sequel!

  7. 1. Noone will take TV show actor to play in the movie. Its one way road, they never did such thing and never will. The reason might be association. If people will see him in both movies and TV show that has no real connection to each other some very stupid question will follow and “same actor different stories” answer will gone to hell with ratings of movies and TV shows.
    2. Noone will try to tie in TV show and the movie. They already are in different universes or we’d hear about Superman flying around unless they want to make Wally one of the first heroes. Which as we can see with Batman thing is not an option. They want Supes to be the first.

    The biggest problem is that DC might take silly young character from DC 52 JL rather than usually serious Arrow. Because silly one could be integrated faster thogugh will be bland character but serious one needs a movie of his own before JL movie or after but about days before JL.
    The fun part is that Warner unlike Sony and Fox(and even Marvel ! Haha) has ALL characters, so they really CAN do it good and tie in everything but whether they realize it or will do it is different story ofcourse =(

    • Well, you’re wrong. I am a person that would be fine with a tv show actor playing the sane actor on the silver screen.

      • I was saying for people in general.

    • Adam west was in both the Batman TV show and the Batman movie in the same year. Arrow jumping to the big screen (and then back to the small screen) is not too big of a difference.

      • Lets not go that deep. Hollywood was changing rules and favourites alot of time. Right now the trend is you can play in Tv show and go play in the movie but different character. I can’t see any modern examples that contradict what i said. This especially goes for the main roles.

    • Wow are you a negative Nancy-boy lol, i am sure Amell would do just fine considering the popular fan following.

  8. If he becomes more like the comic-book Green Arrow then I could see him The JL film but if he is continually characterized like he is right now then I wouldn’t want him in JL.

    • I could definitely see them changing his persona to be a little more in line with the comic books in later seasons if they do it right. Season 1 of Arrow had Oliver bent on saving his city from his dad’s mistakes right after he came back from the harsh island. Just maybe, after spending some more time in normal life again, he can fall back into his old persona where he is less serious all the time. If they can do that, I would definitely love to see Amell as Green Arrow in JL

  9. I would like it if dc were able to bring this character into a JL film (whenever they get around to making one) and if the show is still going strong his inclusion might make sense for increasing the number of recognisable actors/characters for people going to see it, especially if they don’t go for the solo film route for characters like aquaman, Martian man hunter, Wonder Woman

    And while the similarities with batman are obvious, particularly during the first season, it will be interesting to see how the show develops the character over the coming seasons, perhaps allowing him to make the progression from the current batman clone into something that resembles Green Arrow more (the team behind the show seem to be aware that he isn’t really there yet as a character, hence why he is still referred to as ‘the hood’)
    But I think that they have struck a better balance between ‘realistic’ and comic book tone (humour wise anyway, still awaiting first superpower) than the dc live action movies have thus far and they should make use of that especially if the show continues to get more popular, combining tv and movies would be a good way to differentiate from marvel as well (who seem keen on keeping agents of shield seperate from the films, for now, with coulson being the obvious exception)

    But given that JL is unlikely to be arriving in 2015 (3 years after TDKR will be to soon for batman character reboot, general audiences liked TDK trilogy to much) and superman needs a sequel to resemble the Boy Scout that people recognise more
    if this show continues to be hit and provide decent character progression (it’ll be 4 or 5 seasons in by the time a justice league film starts actually moving forward) he might be able to slot in quite nicely as well as be different enough from batman by then that the character wouldn’t feel redundant

    They should focus on the show first though, and not get to bogged down with worrying about any possible justice league inclusion. Green Arrow needs to be the star of the show since it is called Arrow.
    And they have their hands slightly full with demand for a satisfying deathstroke transition for Slade, among other things

    As a side point I would be interested in seeing an identity crisis style story made into a film down the line (and given some of the complaints levied at man of steel, regarding collateral damage and subsequent cleanup it might resonate with audiences better than a world being destroyed storyline, which with the serious/’realistic’ tone that dc movies have could result in more complaints about the amount of carnage on display)
    it could also provide a good reason (beyond just ‘we want to see this guy or that guy’) to introduce some of the green arrow level heroes into the show.
    But I seriously doubt it’ll happen (a tv/straight to DVD movie perhaps, using batman/superman cameos to tie into dc movie universe)

  10. I like him as Green Arrow. He’s not quite as sarcastic as in the comics but he’s very effective as Green Arrow. I still hope to him grow the mustache and beard.

    On a side note, why whenever people bring up the bad guys the JL should fight do they always bring up Doomsday and Darkseid? Those are top tier villains. Save them for JL3. Luthor has given the JL trouble enough on his won plenty of times. Vandal Savage is an excellent villain as well. And let’s not forget the Legion of Doom. If they do in fact do a bunch of individual character movies before JL they can easily have all of these villains from 4-5 separate movies all team up. There are many more but let’s not jump the gun and go straight for the Thanos of the DC universe or the monster who killed Superman. Talk about a franchise killer.

  11. The show is good but this won’t and shouldn’t happen for the same reason Nolan Batman won’t and shouldn’t. They just aren’t the same characters, and we need proper DC characters in the actual DC movie.

    • Yeah I agree with that. Maybe in the future they could bring him in like Marvel made the SHIELD tv show but I’d still be skeptical.

      • No, because he still doesn’t exist in the same universe.

  12. i’d like to see dc do just a maximum of 5 members for the league, making them the founding members.dct rinity is a given and the other two a combination of any of these guys GL, flash, aquaman and just introduce others on the next film

  13. He should apear in a sequel or second leage faction

  14. Arrow would be a great show if they had better writers for the dialogue. I swear there are always at least 3 lines in each episode that I cringe at.

    • Arrow is a great show, but I see your point. I wanna be an author, so maybe we’re nitpicking, but yeah, terrible dialogue and acting on the part of some supporting characters like Moira and Thea imo. Without those problems, it would be a lot more noteworthy.

    • Yeah, I agree. The writing in Arrow can be pretty terrible at times.

  15. I agree if there is a JL film the vilian should be Vandal Savage because if its Darkseid, what villian are you going to get to top Darkseid. JL 2 should the Legion of Doom, The Light

  16. I think the JL movie should start with 6 members
    - Superman
    - Aquaman
    - Batman
    - Wonder Woman
    - Green Lantern
    - The Flash
    And later have more members like GA , Black Canary or MM

  17. I think the JL movie should start with 6 members
    - Superman
    - Aquaman
    - Batman
    - Wonder Woman
    - Green Lantern
    - The Flash

    • …/removes Aquaman and inserts Martian Manhunter.

      MM is the “man” behind the curtains that helps keep the JL together and functioning.

      Aquaman should start off and a Super-neutral and later join.

  18. I think the JL movie should start with 6 members by that I mean the tradional Six.

    • I think you should stop repeating yourself.

  19. What about Martian Manhunter

  20. I want to see Green Arrow in a JLA movie bur only if it is the cocky portrayal. I want WB to do with GA what Marvel didn’t do with Hawkeye. Hawkeye was really underwhelming in The Avengers and I hope that Green Arrow doesn’t get the same treatment as there is potential in a Green Arrow scene where he meets the rest of the team and says witty remarks about each one. Also, when they are fighting theenemy, he can always take verbal shots at his team for not doing as much as he is doing and different scenarios that play out similar to that. I personally, was waiting for Hawkeye to call Iron Man “Ol’ Shellhead”

    • disagree..cocky? so i guess flash will be the serious one correct?

  21. I see as The Hood tv show being an alternate reality next to the MoS/JLA one. In the tv show there are no metas etc so this version of green arrow had been shaped accordingly as seen in the show. In the Mos/JLA reality, metas/supers deffinitly exist, and as such the green arrow from this reality would have been shaped differently and see the world/react to it differently. The same actor could play in jla, I personally don’t see an issue, but tv audiences might find it confusing since it wouldnt be “the tv version” he playing.

  22. i don’t see why arrow couldnt be brought into the dccu. mos is set in a real world, being a 1st contact situation. the 2nd season of arrow, also set in a real world, could open with someone watching the news about the aftermath of the battle in smallville & metroplis, and turning it off as someone else comes in, and theres an exchange of ” man, thats wild stuff” or whatever. now he’s in the same universe, life still goes on in starling city, and central city, bludhaven, etc. they never have to mention it again. they could, one day, have clark make an appearance, “keeping his ear to the ground. asking questions” about the goings on in little starling city. i know arrow has a no super powers policy, and they can still keep it that way, as there were no superpowers in the world until kal-el showed up.

  23. Amell is a great Green Arrow and I definetly want to see him in the JL movie. As for his similarities with Batman, I don’t think that would be a problem but just the opposite. I believe there’s going to be much easier for Batman to be in a team that has another no-powered human hero. Besides, Amell’s arrow still can be as darker as the series because let’s face it, a human who’s fighting crime need to be as stealthy as he can be or he gets shot!! They only need to take away from him his detective capabilities (or at least don’t show them) considering there’s another and more experienced detective on the team :D

  24. Amell is an awful actor. He needs to calm himself and just be thankful he even has a job.

  25. Hmmm, I don’t know. I like the show Arrow, and really want a JLA flick, but it seems like the atmosphere/character of the two are two different worlds. I guiess I would vote no for Amell in the JLA movie. I’d rather just see him stay on the TV show. Seems like he is too-(what is the word I am looking for?) “realistic the way the show is written for him to be mixing with Green lantern, Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman, The Atom, Martian Manhunter, etc. In saying this, I am looking at continuity, and not trying to take anything away from Amell at all. Also, plunging the character who is of the playboy/disco-club set suddenly into a fight against guys like Doomsday and Darkseid, Sinestro, Professor Zoom, and Time Commander, suddenly just does not make it for me. He would pretty much be along for the ride to shoot a couple arrows ineffectually, then hold the coats of the bigger heroes while they duked it out with the baddies in a power-fueled slobberknocker. (Notice how I snuck my start for a JLA villains’ list in there?). I suppose it is kind of like eating at a cookout: you can like BBQ ribs, and you can like cheddar-laced polish sausage, both on the grill, but might not enjoy them on the same plate (OK, many bad analogy…I could eat both on the same plate right now!). I like the series Arrow; I like JLA, but let’s start fresh with actors for the movie, if it ever gets off the ground. Having said that, however, I could probably accept the actor from Man Of Steel as Superman and Ryan Reynolds (if they make him more serious) as Green lantern in the big JLA movie, but let’s reboot the other actors for the other parts (No Bale, no Amell, etc.).
    I will make a further “in my opinion” point: since many have said the JLA movie, no matter how long (the longer, the better if well-done), could easily become cluttered with heroes and be in hero-overload (I hate to admit it, being a greedy-guts for characters, but I could see that), so here is the order I would vote for characters to be included, if some had to be shaved off (starting with favorite “must-haves” down to “not very important” :
    Green Lantern, Flash, first tier.
    Martian Manhunter, The Atom, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, second tier.
    Hawkman, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Hawk girl, third tier.
    …And from the “what the heck are they doing in there?” tier:
    Doctor Fate, Hourman.
    Yes, I know those last two are members of the justice Society of America, not Justice League, but I really loved them in the comics “back in the olden days”! (I harken back to reading the co mics in the 60s and 70s). They would rank right up there after the first tier.
    Anyways, enough rambling on…gotta give a few of you others a chance to comment, before we are as old as the pipe-dream that never seems to get here of a JLA movie franchise actively being produced!!

    • **{correction: “maybe a bad analogy”, not “many bad analogy”, sorry.}

  26. Ok first, Arrow and Bats have been on the league together many times and a lot of the times they have been together have produced some of the league’s great stories. Also the league has always had 7 members. In the sense that bats and arrow don’t have powers they are the same, but that’s where the similarities end, except of course for rich playboy. Their hero styles don’t come close, ollie will kill, Bats will not and that pretty much defines the two.

  27. Eliminate the idea of Robin and bring in “The Hood”. BAM! Batman has someone to take under his wing. He hooks him up with gadgets and sh*t, teaches him how to go further and do more. Essentially, “The Hood” is a Robin-esqe character but way more bad ass.

    • The fact that he is “way more BA” is the exact reason he wouldn’t go under Batman’s wing.

  28. Ughh JL movie i love the idea but wat wood be better avengers or JL just the fact fact avengers pulled off their cgi im not sure that DC can do GL GA WW BM and MOS

  29. I’m not a fan of the show, I only watched a couple of episodes but I did like Stephen Amell as Green Arrow. I thought he did a great job, so I’d be more than happy to seem him hit the big screen in a minor role of some sort in Justice League.

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