[Update: Stephen Amell has added debunked all Justice League rumors. See below.]
Now that Batman vs. Superman has been delayed until 2016 it seems almost silly that we spent a good deal of time last year talking about a Justice League movie that we may not see for another half-decade (if we’re being optimistic).
Now that the rug has essentially been pulled out from under fans, we’re of course getting feedback from some of the actors who have been caught up in the DC movie rumor mill: there were hints of Arrow star Stephen Amell being cast in the Justice League movie; 2013 also ended with rumors that Games of Thrones star Jason Momoa would be joining Batman vs. Superman - possibly in a cameo introduction to a larger Justice League superhero role. Today we have word from both actors on the validity (or lack thereof) of these rumors.
Fandango reporter Scott Huver collected the necessary intel from the winter TV-network press tours, where Amell was representing the second half of Arrow season 2 while MoMoa was there promoting his new series The Red Road. Check out what each actor had to say on the subjects of Batman vs. Superman and its expected sequel, Justice League.
Jason Momoa: “Oh, man – it’s rumors. Everyone obviously wants to ask, but I can’t really comment on rumors. When it popped up, I even had people going like ‘Congratulations!’ I was like, ‘On what?’”
Momoa doesn’t outright deny that there is any merit to this report (usually an actor would say “Not Happening,” or something more declarative); then again, the actor did probably learn a lesson about this superhero movie game after his experience with Marvel Studios. For those who don’t remember: Momoa was in negotiations to play Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but that very public deal fell apart due to salary disagreements, and former wrestler Dave Bautista ended up getting the part.
That’s all to say: Momoa may have walked away with an important lesson: Keep it close to the vest until the contract is signed. And that could be exactly what he did in previous interviews and what he’s doing right now. Especially if he’s up for a major role like Aquaman.
As for Amell:
Stephen Amell: “All we have to do for something like that to happen, or even be a possibility, is continue to take care of business with our show and then we put ourselves in a position – but the important thing is our show. I have had discussions, but I think the gestation process for this project is a lot slower than most people think. I mean, they haven’t even shot the next one. They haven’t even shot a frame of the movie before the movie everyone thinks is the Justice League movie!”
The final part of that quote hits the issue right on the head: As fun as it would be to see the Arrow version of Green Arrow in the movie continuity, there’s just nothing there yet to bring him into. According to Amell, DC and Warner Bros. is moving even slower than most of us think – which is a pretty bad sign if he is at all accurate in his statement.
UPDATE: Read Stephen Amell’s comments about the quote above by going HERE.
Meanwhile, Amell is quite at home and doing well with Arrow season 2. With the show now rolling smoothly, he could be set, paid and retired from the role before Justice League ever begins shooting. (Still, a lot of fans would probably enjoy seeing Amell’s Green Arrow make an appearance – even as soon as in Batman vs. Superman.)
Speaking of Arrow season 2: In the preview/interview below, Amell references a famous DC character that Oliver Queen will be name-dropping in an upcoming episode. No telling if this DC character will have a major role on the show – or just be another Easter egg for fans to grin at – but I’m betting we’ll have fun watching and finding out.
Arrow season 2 is once again airing @ 8pm, Wednesdays on The CW.
Batman vs. Superman will be in theaters on May 6, 2016.