Stephen Amell Denies 'Batman v. Superman' Role; 'Arrow' Adds Peter Stormare as Vertigo

Stephen Amell as Green Arrow

While Marvel Studios continues to expand beyond Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and The Avengers, and into other properties like TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter and Daredevil or films Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and many possible others, DC Entertainment is only just beginning to recognize its franchise potential.

As it turns out, Man of Steel was not just a Superman reboot but the start of something much greater for DC Comics on the big screen. Its sequel, Batman v. Superman, will continue Superman's story but also star a number of other superheroes, including Batman and Wonder Woman, as well as pave the way for a Justice League movie. Meanwhile on the small screen, The CW's Arrow has been holding its own for two years, but it will be joined this fall by spinoff The Flash.

With people used to Marvel's interconnected storytelling between their TV series and films, many have been wondering if a crossover could be in store for Arrow on Batman v. Superman or Justice League, especially after star Stephen Amell teased fans by posting a Justice League comic on his Facebook. Amell has since denied appearing in Batman V Superman, but he's remained rather coy on being part of Justice League, simply saying it's too far out to think about at this point.

Of course, some rumors just won't die, and Amell has now stirred the pot yet again by hinting that an Arrow panel at this year's San Diego Comic-Con is only one of at least four events on the actor's schedule. Alas, Amell has since clarified that this tease doesn't mean he'll be in Batman v. Superman, saying:

Hey Guys - I appreciate all the support and enthusiasm, but not everything I post is a cryptic indicator that I'm going to be in 'Batman V Superman.' I'm not going to be in 'Batman V Superman.'

This, of course, doesn't mean he won't be in Justice League, but let's assume that's not the case until we hear something more concrete.

peter stormare prison break
Peter Stormare as John Abruzzi in 'Prison Break'

For now, its best to focus on season 3 of Arrow, which will see Oliver Queen of the past move on from the island that kept him prisoner for two seasons to his life in Hong Kong. Two new actors have already been cast for these flashbacks, but little has been revealed so far about the Arrow's troubles in the present.

According to TVGuide, the season premiere will feature a new take on the Green Arrow villain Count Vertigo, only this time he'll be played by Peter Stormare of Prison Break fame. Stormare will take on DC Comics' New 52 version of the character, also known as Werner Zytle, who is introduced as the new distributor of the drug Vertigo.

Count Vertigo on Arrow
Count Vertigo in the DCU Green Arrow Animated Short.

Arrow viewers will recall that Seth Gabel played "The Count" in the first two seasons, and was previously assumed to be the show's version of Count Vertigo. Stormare's character will instead go by the name "Vertigo."

Screen Rant readers, were you hoping Arrow would appear in Batman v. Superman? What do you think about the series bringing in a new Count Vertigo? Let us know in the comments.

Arrow season 3 premieres on Wednesday, October 8th @8pm on The CW. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters May 6th, 2016.

Source: Facebook [via CinemaBlend], TVGuide

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