For those of you anticipating the day when Stephen Amell’s Arrow joins the fight against evil alongside Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman, you may not like this next bit of news. According to Arrow executive producer Greg Berlanti, there have not been any discussions with Warner Bros. about joining their cinematic and television universes together.
We haven’t had any of those conversations other than to say, what characters are we allowed to use this year and advocate or request certain ones that are of interest to us. And every now and then, they’ll say, ‘You can’t have that guy.’ They don’t say why, and we figure out why later on.
Now, it should be noted that this could change in the future depending on Arrow’s popularity and how well it could mix with the rest of the DC Cinematic Universe, which at this point only consists of Man of Steel and the upcoming Batman/Superman film. For now, however, we have to accept the fact that the movie and television universes will remain separate.
While I do think it would be cool to Stephen Amell on the big screen, I don’t think that this is a huge loss for either the movies or the TV show, especially considering the new super-powered route we’re about to take with the TV universe. When it was announced that Barry Allen was going to debut on Arrow and eventually get his own show as the Flash, I had concerns. While Grant Gustin may be a good actor, if we ever got a Flash feature film, I don’t think that Gustin has the star power to lead that film. Obviously that might work something out so that Grant Gustin may be the “unknown” lead with a supporting cast of known stars, but personally, I want the Scarlet Speedster to be played by someone more established in the industry.
As for the show Arrow itself, they have enough access to characters that it can survive as its own entity and not suffer. We’re already enjoying the show by itself regardless of the lack of connections to Man of Steel. I know Marvel is having their movies be connected to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I wouldn’t consider that the template of success consider the rocky start the show’s gotten off to. As far as television is concerned, DC is currently dominating the field, so there’s no reason to overreach right now. Arrow’s only in its second season right now, so let’s enjoy what we’re getting right now: an awesome super hero show and the advent of the DC television universe.
And hey, a Justice League film probably won’t be released until 2020. At that point, Arrow will probably be off the air, and there’s a possibility we’ll get to see Stephen Amell as an older and fully bearded Oliver Queen getting to hang out with the Justice League. Delayed gratification at it’s best when it comes to superhero movies!