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Grant Gustin Should Be The Movie Flash Says Stephen Amell; Talks Ra's Al Ghul

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Fri, 10/31/2014 - 09:30



Warner Bros. recently announced their slate of Justice League movies where it became known that Ezra Miller would be playing The Flash.

That's right - not Grant Gustin, the Flash in the new CW TV series.

The reason stated is because the WB movie and TV universes are separate, but that doesn't exactly sit well with Stephen Amell, arguably the face of DC Comics on any screen for the past few years as the Arrow.

Amell tells The Wall Street Journal that Grant Gustin should be The Flash, and that he should be the Green Arrow.

Yeah. Of course. And I feel like it should be Grant doing the movie.

Amell does realize there can be two separate universes, and that they can both work. Also similar to what DC Comics Chief Creative officer Geoff Johns recently said, Amell also seems to imply "never say never" when it comes to a potential crossover.

But the important thing to remember is just because Grant Gustin plays the part of Barry Allen doesn’t mean Ezra Miller can’t also play Barry Allen. There can be different interpretations of the character. Anyone who is a fan of the comics knows the Flash character is one of the forces that leads to parallel universes. And who knows, they might find a fantastic actor to play Oliver Queen on the feature side who has a different take on the character. I’m certainly a departure from the typical Oliver Queen from the comic books. I just think that everybody needs to be patient with the whole thing. The fact that DC and Warner have announced all these comic book features is nothing but good for business.

Amell continues by bringing up a good point in that he's doing a lot more with 23 episodes a year for Arrow compared to a two hour movie.

...wanting a movie undersells the idea that making 23 episodes a year isn’t a huge achievement. It is and I would put that degree of difficulty up against any feature film that has ever been made… except “Lord of the Rings” and that gigantic Peter Jackson-led undertaking… and maybe “Titanic.” But, other than those two movies, I’d put making 23 hours of interesting content in a TV season up against anything on the film side. It is difficult to me to want or envision an “Arrow” movie when we are shooting the 10th episode of our third season with 13 more episodes to go and in all likelihood 3 more seasons on the other side of that. I’m interested in keeping that content fresh. Once we get to the end of that road, maybe then I’ll shift my focus.

Regarding Arrow, Ra's al Ghul was recently introduced, with Amell teasing a confrontation between the two.

One would hope [fans get to see Arrow fight Ra's al Ghul]. I normally fight the big bad of the year. If it turns out he is the big bad, but I don’t think that has been printed, that R’as al Ghul is the big bad this year. I don’t remember anyone announcing that. But, typically I get to fight our big heavies so hopefully I get to fight him because that would be something very iconic for the show.

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8pm ET on the CW.