It would appear that ‘The Flash’ is going to be the sole exception to a certain rule. This character looks to be the only DC Comics character that will simultaneously appear in the movies and on TV, albeit in two different continuities, played by two separate actors; Ezra Miller in the films and Grant Gustin on The CW’s hit show.
Otherwise, it has been well reported that if Warner Brothers wants to use certain characters in the movies, they make them unavailable to the TV shows, eg. The Suicide Squad, Deathstroke and most recently Black Canary. As watchers of ‘Arrow’ know, Laurel Lance was recently killed off after word emerged that WB was eyeing to add the character to ‘Justice League’ and other potential films. The reason given is that the studio doesn’t want the public to be confused by having multiple versions of the same character in different media.
One character that appears safe is Green Arrow. Like ‘The Flash’, Oliver Queen, played by Stephen Amell, headlines his own hit series on The CW, but unlike Barry Allen, the character isn’t as integral a part of the ‘Justice League’ or the DC Universe as a whole. Therefore, it looks as if WB is just going to let the character carry on on the series and not bother introducing a movie counterpart.
Amell appeared on ‘Larry King Now’ and stated:
He did state that if the character were to be included in a film, the role would probably go to a different actor.
When King earlier asked if there was any possibility of an ‘Arrow’ movie, perhaps after the show ended, Amell replied “Well, it has become easier to take properties on television and turn them into films. But I don’t know, those are things that exist outside [of my control].”
You may recall that nearly 10 years ago, Warner Brothers was developing a movie tentatively entitled ‘Supermax’ with a script by David S. Goyer and Justin Marks which would have starred Green Arrow, who was falsely imprisoned and had to fight his way out of a maximum security stronghold by teaming up with and/or fighting various DC super villains, and would have included such big names as Lex Luthor and The Joker. Had it been made, THIS would have been the foundation of WB’s DC film universe, but unfortunately it never went further than the script stage.
Are you glad that ‘Arrow’ will continue to carry on, without the worry of a separate movie version? Or would you actually like to see how Green Arrow could be utilized as a film character?
Source: Comic Book Movie