‘Arrow’ Star Stephen Amell & Jason Momoa Respond to ‘Justice League’ Rumors [Updated]

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 25th, 2014 at 3:31 pm,

Justice League and Batman vs Superman Movies Stephen Amell Jason Momoa Arrow Star Stephen Amell & Jason Momoa Respond to Justice League Rumors [Updated]

[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?’”

Jason Momoa as Aquaman in Batman vs Superman and Justice League Movie Arrow Star Stephen Amell & Jason Momoa Respond to Justice League Rumors [Updated]

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.

Arrow season 2 Oliver in mask Arrow Star Stephen Amell & Jason Momoa Respond to Justice League Rumors [Updated]

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

Green Arrow in Justice League Arrow Star Stephen Amell & Jason Momoa Respond to Justice League Rumors [Updated]

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.

Sources: Fandango & CBM

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  1. I want arrow to be part of the movies. Amell is a strong actor and he “is” Oliver queen. And the arrow. Like he said in a interview before that he wants to be “the” version of Oliver queen people talk about he wants the manu bennet to be “the” death stoke people talk about. I think the show has earned that. Say justice league doesn’t come out for 3 more years then I think that’s perfect I personally only want arrow to run a five season series. And I’ve always thought that the last scene of the series should be him in the arrow cave with dig and felicity and the lights cut out and you see the “you art not alone” pop on the screens.

    Amell I think deserves and would look like a total badass standing next to the trinity. Same goes for grant gustin if you haven’t seen the dudes Instagram he is ripped right now for the flash.

    And someone told me that we’ll if they use arrow they’d have to use the same actors for everything we’ll yeah that’s kinda the point. Imagine manu bennet squaring off against Wonder Woman or aflecks batman. Total badass thought.

    Plus man of steel is one my al time favorite movies so there’s also that

    • Screw grant gustin! Alan Ritchson aka Thad Castle from Blue mountain state and hunger games was born to play Flash.

      • He was Aquaman in Smallville…

        • I actually don’t think that guy was all that great in smallville. Honestly smallville wasn’t all that great past season 4 IMO. But let’s give gustin a real shot. He was good as Allen the time we saw him. He’s bulking up. I have high hopes for the flash pilot.

          • Oh no, he wasn’t, he sucked. Don’t get me started with Smallville, that show was a ten year waste of opportunity and time.

          • Agree about smallville. I don’t like Arrow much either… I’d rather watch Shield so that should tell you something of my opinion on the show…

            • shield is one hell of a crap show… there is nothing good about it..

            • You`re crazy

              • Looks like someone has a crush.

          • You admit season 4 of Smallville was good, so why not agree that Kyle Gallner was a better “Flash” than Grant Gustin ever has the potential of being? Amirite? That said, I’ve liked Grant’s work since I was introduced to him in Glee, and I love that he was picked for The Flash and that The Flash is finally getting his own series in a time where it can be done right (which should have been in 2006 instead of Aquaman with Justin Hartley), but I see him as more of a Wally West than a Barry Allen type Flash. Still stoked for the show and think it (and he) will be great.

            • But Kyle Gallner didn’t play the Flash, he played Impulse, and he definitely did not give off any of the “funny” that the Flash usually has

        • Actors get double-cast as superheroes all the time. Since “Smallville” was retconned as a potential filmiverse with “Man of Steel” this double-casting doesnt suck as much as Cpt. America/Johnny Storm in the beginning. Youtube his character Thad Castle from Blue mountain. State. He and Flash are one in the same.

          • In theory it sounds like a good casting choice. But in all honesty, I don’t think he’s that strong of an actor. Now, I’ve only seen a few episodes of BMS, but I did see Smallville and in the episode he was in, I thought his performance was rather wooden. We already have one not so strong actor in the DCCU in Henry Cavill. I don’t think it would be good to have two. Of course, that’s just my opinion.

          • The someone ^^^^^

          • FASHO & Thad, sittin in a tree…..

    • Don’t forget Michel Jai White’s Bronze Tiger. Plus if people are really that concern about plot holes in the show if they were tied to the movies then they can always make a miniseries or a season story arc on Flashpoint, but replace Batman with Green Arrow.

    • you must be from IGN… i came up with this idea Months ago and since then i keep seeing it copied and popped up everywhere

  2. They need to definitely get Amell as Arrow in the movies. The show has been successful (especially recently) and it would be one less character to have to explain/cover. It’s definitely a safer alternative than, say, Martian Manhunter.

    Also, I’d like Jason Momoa as Aquaman, especially over Josh Holloway. Momao just strikes me more as a badass, which, for a character like Aquaman, is what you need to convince audiences he isn’t a lame superhero. Not that Holloway isn’t awesome, but Momoa already has experience as a warrior/badass type.

    • I completely agree with this post. Also, just one more thing, Amell already has a certain fan-base for him going, so that would be a great plus for the movie. I mean, heck, the dude *is* really Arrow and it would be awkward to see anyone else portraying him in the movies. Not to mention how stupid that would be. Why waste an actor who is already recognized and loved by people?
      As far as Aquaman and Arrow in one movie going… it would be hard to just pull Aquaman out of hat for the sake of him being there. IMHO, it would be much better if they’d give him his own show first and then introduce him in one of the oncoming Justice League movies.

    • Charlie Hunnam for Cinematic Green Arrow

      • @Sta’y yes,he would be good nd since his work with Warner Bros he might actually be a candidate hopefully

  3. The Rock would make a good Steel. Just throwing that out there.

  4. Please WB do not mix tv with the films! Cast film counterparts for Oliver Queen and Barry Allen.

    • Why? Why create confusion between your properties?

  5. Sounds like he name drops Bruce Wayne, or maybe reads an article written by Clark Kent.

    It would only make sense, even if they aren’t joining it with the film universe, it’d be smart for them to acknowledge those characters exist in this world. Even if they don’t get screen time.

    • It’s gonna be Bruce Wayne. I heard its about a billionaire from a neighboring city

      • That’s the beautiful thing about the show, they can basically name drop and reference characters that don’t even have a part of the show. The already did this some with Blüdhaven.

      • Bruce Wayne seems like a viable contender. Or possibly Professor Zoom (or is that getting more into Flash’s territory/show?). I would not mind seeing Ray Palmer (The Atom) get his due. After all, Marvel is doing Ant-Man….!

    • I always imagined he’d say Deathstroke or something. But if he mentions anyone else like Bruce Wayne or Clark Kent, then holy crap that would be one of the biggest fanboyish moments of my whole life.

  6. i don’t want Arrow to be part of the movie universe…keep it seperate, it will only drag one or the other down, every time Queen gets into a jam why would he bother calling Smoak or Digs when you got Bruce on speed dial

    • I agree with that to a point, but Oliver hasn’t necessarily dealt with any threat high profile enough yet, and Batman has a pretty good track record of keeping mostly in Gotham.

      I think it’d be cooler to bring in Nightwing and just give a nod to the fact that Batman exists.

      It’s pretty easy to assume that characters like Batman and Superman have their hands full most of the time.

      • i think what they are building with Flash will be great and hopefully Nightwing, i think including this story into the movie universe will drag it down by what you said, he won’t face a high profile threat, which makes him 2nd rate

        trust me i would love to see them connect as any fan would but i don’t want a jumbled mess

        • At the risk of inciting geek hate I agree with you, but I don’t see that as a problem. Oliver Queen is not Bruce Wayne and Arrow is not Batman. DC/WB would do more harm than good to try to put them on the same playing field.

          This is why I think it’d be cool to bring in Nightwing. They are more similar to each other. Trying to Make Arrow seem just as high profile as Supes, Bat, or WW is the worst way to treat the character.

          • well if hawkeye can hang with the best then so can green arrow…

          • You must not be aware of Green Arrow and Batman’s history in the comics. There was a time Queen didn’t like Batman and he was confronted about it. It led to a bit of a brawl. I think they could toy with an uneasy alliance between them.

            • No, I’m aware. I’m just saying that when we are talking about Batman vs. Superman, Green Arrow doesn’t belong. I mean, he’s in The Dark Knight Returns, but again… more of a sidekick.

              Same thing with Oliver Queen and Bruce Wayne. Different sized trust funds. They attend different parties for sure.

    • This is the same thing as why doesn’t every superhero ever call all their buddies everytime they get in a jam in the comics. I’m sorry but each of these heroes have their own lives and they don’t always have time to help each other all the time. I understand what your saying, but to use a real life analogy: I love hanging with my best friends and helping them when I can,but I can’t hang out with them all the time or help them all the time. It’s the same thing with comic heroes they love their friends and want to help when they can but they each have their own lives.

      • i understand… it was more of a joke, i just feel DC has a good thing going with TV no need to stretch it.

      • Jacob, I think you have summed it up really well on the whole ‘why doesn’t this hero get help from that one’ question that seems to come up more now that companies are building shared universes

        Personally I also think that DC heroes are quite well spread out with their own city of influence (supes in metropolis, bats in Gotham, GA in Star City, Nightwing in Bludhaven, and so on) – Flash is perhaps the main wrinkle in this regard as surely he can find the time to zip over to help out those that could use it, but even he focuses on Central city
        They also all have secret identies that need to be maintained thus restricting the level of inpromptu movement they can make

        I do think the question is more of an issue for marvel though as a lot of their heroes are based in New York – part of why I’m not expecting Spider-Man to show up in the avengers any time soon, the inconsistency his appearance in a future film would raise is to big to overlook

        I would like it if the DC tv and film properties were able to smoothly co-exist within the same universe, in particularly Amell’s Arrow as he is the green arrow that I would like to see in the movies if they use the character (certainly while the show is on the air). I don’t think it would take much for the time being just a cursory hint that suggests that the bigger characters are in the world, doesn’t require an appearance or regular updates on them – just enough to leave the door open for tv characters to cameo in the movies as I don’t think that the plots in arrow are necessarily big enough to require an appearance from the League

        However I am also happy if they choose to keep the movies and tv franchises separate since both are in a good place at the moment

  7. Amell just debunked this on his FB page

    • I should’ve just posted what you just did instead of spending 10 minutes screenshot-ing/ copy& paste the link to this site.

      “Work smarter; not harder”

    • I’m *NOT* implying.

      Jeeze. I was trying to paste the link and ended up having to type it out and fix errors and ended up not fixing that one.

      When are “Edit” and “Delete” comment options going to be added so additional follow-up posts are no longer necessary?

    • Im kinda glad to be honest.

  8. WB really needs to start getting it’s act into gear. Green Arrow would be a good character to work into a JL movie, even if it’s not the first JL movie. At the rate WB is going, Arrow might not even be on the air anymore by the time they get a JL movie off the ground, much less a sequel.

  9. He said on twitter that his comments were not accurate.

    • Correction he said on his Facebook page that it wasn’t true he hasn’t talked to Warner Bros.

  10. “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!”

    I don’t know…I get the impression that he’s saying too many fans are quick to complain about the sequel, and yet filming for the next movie hasn’t even started.

    Then again, this could also mean that WB/DC is trying to observe first where Arrow and Flash are heading, and wondering if it’s good to connect the DC tv shows to the Cinematic Universe. Arrow’s first season wasn’t generally impressive. Second season improved drastically. Seasons 3 and 4 would have to be great for it to be included.

    Oliver Queen is one of the richest guys in the DCU. I wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes an easter egg in the next movie or appears as a cameo as a philanthropist who contributes to the Metropolis disaster fund-raising event. Hell, maybe they can show him shaking hands with Lex and Bruce.

  11. That should say current wrestler Dave Bautista. He’s back in the WWE as of 2 days ago :D

  12. “Something I need to get off of my chest.

    When I do press, I try and be open, honest and thoughtful. That being said… I find it incredibly discouraging to see a headline like the ones I’ve been seeing this morning. Headlines that aren’t just a stretch, they’re totally fabricated. At no point, have I had “studio level” discussions about any feature films at Warner Bros.

    In this particular instance, when I read articles that take a pretty straightforward answer and slap a title on it that has little to no correlation to what I’ve actually said, it makes it seem as though I’m disrespecting my current position. Which is b*******. And why would I do that? I mean… I’m not the smartest dude in the world. (After all… I picked a career in acting.) But would I really just casually subvert a process cloaked in secrecy? A process – by the way – being run by the company who currently employs me. C’MON!

    We’re making a kick ass show. We will continue to make a kick ass show. And I will continue to interact and provide interesting content for our fans. Because I love our fans. If every once and a while, some dickweed wants to pull a headline out of thin air to generate page views, then that’s the price we pay.”

    -Stephen Amell on FB


  13. As usual I can stand by the careful way we right articles. Don’t have to change a word. Even our title is safe.

    Nowhere did I imply he did have meetings – just that another reporter got a quote from him. Our point was simple: There IS NO JUSTICE LEAGUE MOVIE to even cast him in yet – and by the time there is, he could be paid and done with ‘Arrow’, with total fan love behind him forever.

    We try to keep it level headed here ;-)

  14. @Kofi

    Amell was talking about Fandango, who added “studio-level talks” in their article.

    I don’t agree though with “Our point was simple: There IS NO JUSTICE LEAGUE MOVIE to even cast him in yet – and by the time there is, he could be paid and done with ‘Arrow’, with total fan love behind him forever.” The guy did say “But would I really just casually subvert a process cloaked in secrecy? A process – by the way – being run by the company who currently employs me. C’MON!”

  15. Momoa does not look like any of the JLA characters. I can’t picture him as any of them, myself.

  16. I don’t think Amell will be retired by the JLA movie. It might be timed perfectly if you figure 5-6 seasons for the show…

    I think with the date being pushed to 2016 that WB has FINALLY figured out their timeline and how they are going to compete with Marvel. They know that they HAVE to get everything right. My bet? The shoot Bats vs. Sups and JLA practically back to back and we still have a JLA movie in late (November/December) 2017. It’s January of 2014 people. That is an obnoxious amount of time to have to figure things out.

    But the main thing I came here to say: Amell for Green Arrow in the JLA movie or bust. He is phenomenal and Arrow is definitely WB’s best DC comic live action property right now.

  17. Would love to see Amell as Green Arrow in the JL film and I think it can be done more easily than people think. There does need to be some reference of the alien attack, Superman being handed over by the people of Earth and Metropolis being leveled, news coverage or something in the next season or the season after that. There is no way team Arrow would run to fight aliens, they would see that as bigger than them.

    In terms of adding him to the films surely one character can say to another “I heard of a vigilante in Starling City?…..”

  18. If we have Amell playing Green Arrow, we need Justin Hartley as Aquaman; his original Superhero role.

  19. The best thing ever would be to do a Young Justice movie. It sucks that the tv show got cut early. Even as a Live-Action TV Show, it would be great. The dynamic between all the characters, is great and it’s been half a century since Robin’s been on a Series. My favorite DC hero is Superman, but I think Superboy is a way more interesting character. His origin by itself is enough to make a show out of. I really hope this comes up in the future as an idea for a movie, or tv show.

  20. i finally checked out arrow few months ago and binged watched almost the full two seasons in a few days lol. hope Justice League does get made.

  21. FYI-
    Gotham City can been seen printed on a newspaper at the end of the Flash Pilot. As far as I remember this will be the first time Gotham is acknowledged in the DC TV universe. Add to that (spoiler) the newspaper is 10 years from the future and the headline is ‘Flash dies in Crisis’. Keep in mind the Marvel Movies are planned ten years out. Crisis would be a great endgame for a shared DC TV and cinematic universe.