Arrow's Stephen Amell Thinks Grant Gustin Should Be Playing The Flash In The 2018 Movie
Warner Bros. recently announced their full line-up of comic book movies along with the names of some of the actors that set to star in them. The casting of Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam in Shazam, and Jason Momoa as Aquaman were both met with widespread approval, but when it was announced that Ezra Miller will play The Flash, many DC Comics fans were dismayed the role didn't go to Grant Gustin, the man who is already donning the red suit in CW's The Flash TV series. Now, in an interview with Wall Street Journal Stephen Amell, star of CW's other DC Comics show Arrow, is joining the ranks of disapproving fans in suggesting that Gustin should have been considered for the big screen role.
Here's what Amell said, rather diplomatically, when he was asked if he would consider playing the Green Arrow in a Warner Bros. movie.
"Yeah. Of course. And I feel like it should be Grant doing the movie. 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."
So while Amell believes Gustin should be the one in Warner Bros.' 2018 Flash movie, he seems largely philosophical about the whole thing. In many respects he's right, too. Translating a role from the TV to the big screen is not an easy thing to do, and it seems increasingly likely that the Warner Bros. cinematic universe and the products currently airing on CW will not, in any way, be linked. Amell's call for patience is certainly a noble one, however I feel that when it comes to comic book fans, it may be one that falls on deaf ears.
You can see the full comic book movie landscape for the next 6 years in the infographic below. Arrow airs Wednesdays at 9pm ET, The Flash airs at 8pm ET. You can find them both on CW.
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