Arrow's Stephen Amell Isn't Happy With The Way DC Handled The Flash Movie Announcement
We wrote a while ago that Arrow's Stephen Amell thought Grant Gustin should play The Flash in DC's movies, but now the Canadian actor has taken another pop at DC and Warner Bros. about the way they handled the casting announcements for their new Cinematic Universe.
Last week, in an interview with AMC's Movie News, Amell said he thought his pal, and star of CW's The Flash, Grant Gustin should have been given more of a shot at securing the role of the big screen Flash. As you can see in the video below, it's obvious that Amell feels incredibly strongly about the whole situation and, you know what? It's heartwarming to see him standing up for his friend in the face of one of the largest movie studios in the world....
For the video-averse, here's a breakdown of what Amell said.
"I thought that the way that Warner Bros. announced the slate of DC movies could have been handled better. 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… All that being said, I think that he should have been given a wider berth than two episodes before another actor was announced to play his character... That's because I'm 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."
He then made sure to point out the fact that he isn't completely against the idea of a separate Movie and TV universe...
"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. And if they found a great Oliver Queen, fantastic."
His strongest words, however, came when Amell was addressing the timing of the announcement. After spending some time talking about how important a show's second episode ratings announcements are, he dropped these choice words:
... I thought that it was shitty that all of this stuff got announced the morning that the ratings, the spectacular ratings, of the second episodes of the Flash came in."
Amell is clearly feeling somewhat conflicted about the whole situation. On the one hand, he feels that his friend has been shortchanged, but on the other, he's giddy with excitement about what DC and Warner Bros. have in store.
What do you think? Is there the potential for stars of DC's TV shows to make feature in the cinematic universe?