Stephen Amell Says WB Justice League & Flash Announcement Was Sh-tty
Stephen Amell, arguably the face of the DC Universe on any screen for the past couple of years, hasn't been quiet regarding his feelings about the DC Cinematic Universe and the DC TV universe.
Following Warner Bros. announcing their slate of Justice League movies, which included a standalone Flash movie featuring Ezra Miller, Amell stated that he should be Green Arrow in the DC movies and that Grant Gustin should be The Flash.
Now Amell is back at it again, and isn't happy how the announcement went down as it followed Grant Gustin's own debut as The Flash.
On last night's "Arrow After The Show" series, it's brought up that the creators of Arrow and The Flash more than likely get creative freedom as they aren't tied down by what happens in the movie universe, with Stephen Amell asked his take on that. Amell's response:
Oh, Boy. Are we live?!? I thought that the way that Warner Bros. announced the slate of DC movies could have been handled better. And I think someone like Grant Gustin who has just launched an iconic character like the Flash to record breaking numbers - numbers that far surpassed Arrow's numbers - I think he should have been given a wider birth than two episodes before another actor was announced to play his character. All that being said, that is because I am protective of Grant, and that's because I think that producing 23 episodes of superhero television is more difficult than producing a feature film. And it's 23 episodes again and again and again. And as Peter Roth says for 12 years, 'Oh, God.'
I've never seen a need for the television side and the feature side to crossover. This is nothing that I haven't said before, I'm, pretty sure. I'm sure that Ezra Miller will do great as The Flash. If they found a great Oliver Queen - fantastic. I've had some great chats with people at Warner Bros... Again, I thought the whole timing of the announcement... The most important day you can have as a television show is when your ratings come out for your second episode. Not your first episode, because anybody can be trained to watch a pilot. It's the people that come back when they haven't been inundated with advertisement, and they decide, 'I watched the show a week ago. I'm going to watch it again because I enjoy myself the week before.'
The call that I got from Peter Roth, who runs Warner Bros. television, the enthusiastic call came after episode one, then the awesome 'let's go 12 years' call came after episode two. I thought it was shitty that all of this stuff got announced the morning that the ratings - the spectacular ratings - of the second episode of The Flash came in.
All that being said, everyone wants to judge things immediately. The plan that Warner Bros. has, and it's a wonderful plan overall and DC has, for the introduction of the Justice League of America and all of these standalone films is going to take place over the course of 5,6,7,8 years. Who's to say what is going to happen? I've had some great conversations with Geoff Johns, and we had some conversations shortly after these announcements were made, and I came away from the conversation feeling great.