Stephen Amell Talks Favorite Characters, Superpowers & ARROW's Fitness

Stephen Amell Talks Favorite Characters, Superpowers & ARROW's Fitness

At this year's Emerald City Comic Con, Arrow star Stephen Amell took plenty of questions regarding his favourite comic characters, his workout and the future of the character. To read what he had to say, hit the jump!

Since it began in 2012, Arrow has proved itself to be one of the most successful comic-based TV shows, showing fan-service as well as developing its own interpretation of the source material. At one of many panels at Emerald City Comic Con 2014, star Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Arrow) mentions he "appreciate[s] all the support", though if he was to pick the character he'd most like to play, it's a cetain '80s-created anti-hero. "I'm gonna go with Lobo. Lobo was my favourite comic as a kid. I loved Lobo. I was way too young to read it."

From Amell's perspective, one downside of season two was not saying Arrow's repeated "You have failed this city!" "I miss saying that line," he admitted. "I'm bugging the producers. We're hopefully gonna find a way to work it into the show sometime in the next season." While that line won't be coming back for the time being, one rule was broken with this season. "[The executive producers] said, 'You know that no-power rule?' I said, 'Yeah.' 'Well, we're not gonna stick with that anymore.'"

Anybody who's watched the show is well aware of Amell's physique, and some fans quizzed him on his fitness. "First, you have to be faced with the prospect of being shirtless in front of millions of people on television. It's a very particular and paralyzing type of fear. So that in and of itself works up your metabolism." Being a new father, he added, "Secondarily, I get to carry around an infant all the time. Good for arms. Really good for arms."

With today's report that Warner Bros. are close to announcing a Justice League film, talk turned to the possibility of Amell appearing in the team. He said that "the thought of somebody else playing Oliver Queen makes me want to smash that head through that table. But for the time being, it's very difficult for me to look past filming our 22nd episode." That's far from a confirmation. But say he was approached, he responded, "I would definelty be open."

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NuclearMan - 3/29/2014, 8:12 PM
Who wouldn't be open to the JL movie?
Kurne - 3/29/2014, 8:14 PM
Get a new guy for JL. Amell's good for what Arrow is, but definitely not on film with guys like Affleck and Cavill. I have a feeling they might leave Green Arrow out for the first 2 JL movies anyway. They might even wait until Arrow is over to bring him onto the big screen (2017/18).
batz11 - 3/29/2014, 8:14 PM
I'd definitely want him as Oliver in the DCCU...
Kurne - 3/29/2014, 8:14 PM
Yeah... They said 5 seasons of Arrow, right?
wookiefit - 3/29/2014, 8:25 PM
I think they should do origins of lesser characters (not that GA is) on tv so the audience is more familiar with them. Save the movies for the bigger characters that fans allready now.

I like The Flashbacca myself.

thewonderer - 3/29/2014, 8:26 PM
Kurne, what do you mean by "with guys like Affleck and Cavill?"

We're all human beings dude. This celebrity tier nonsense is pure bullshit. Cavill and Affleck have [frick]ed up in their pasts. They aren't flawless actors, so they have no room to speak against Amell.

Put Amell and Gustin in the DCCU. Let's get this party started. Stop casting different actors in the same role WB.
wookiefit - 3/29/2014, 8:26 PM
@ Shadow

He's badass. He can take as well as give a beatdown. He can hold his own against Sups. Picture BobaFett crossed with Deadpool crossed with Doomsday
Kurne - 3/29/2014, 8:34 PM

I don't think Amell is a good actor. Nor Gustin (as Barry anyway). Good actors for what their shows are, but not overall. Amell can barely handle 10 words in a sentence and I just think they can find someone much better, or in other words, suitable for film. I love the show and the work they put into it, but talking about putting this guy in a JL film doesn't feel right.

Btw, I'm not a supporter of Charlie Hunnam as GA :P
BlackIceJoe - 3/29/2014, 8:35 PM
I can understand him wanting to play Oliver on screen. But I personally would want someone else. I always envisioned Oliver being in his 40s. Plus Oliver has a beard. Is incharge of Queen Industies. As great as the show Arrow is I just would prefer a new person to play Green Arrow. Plus maybe this one would be called Green Arrow.
Kurne - 3/29/2014, 8:35 PM
Hunnam was terrible in Pacific Rim tbh.
batmanvsuperman - 3/29/2014, 8:36 PM
Cool they better be connected
staypuffed - 3/29/2014, 8:39 PM
"Hunnam was terrible in Pacific Rim tbh."
He was shit. I hated him and his stupid accent.
dkhager - 3/29/2014, 8:39 PM
i think he should def be the arrow in the dcu..if they get someone else for the rols in the movie itll show how clueless they are..this and gustins flash need to be in the movie universe..i want that so bad..Wb needs to get their act together..and connecting these 2 universes as one would show me they know what theyre doing..if not then i dont know what to say
Nivekian - 3/29/2014, 8:46 PM
Good dude, true to his fans.
UltimateHunt - 3/29/2014, 8:51 PM
he has to join JL. it will be a dumb move to separate Universes. so make a new green arrow in the big screen and have a new batman in the TV? nae
UltimateHunt - 3/29/2014, 8:56 PM
i never mentioned but,

you know how to handle DC, i hope ppl learned
Rokyn - 3/29/2014, 9:03 PM
This guy definitely has the chops to be a lead in a movie as Green Arrow or be next to Cavil, Affleck, and Gadot. He's a great young Oliver Queen. I can see him eventually reaching the optimistic bearded older Queen later down the line. Great guy too, loves his fans.

gamecreatorjj - 3/29/2014, 9:05 PM
I think Warner Bros should look at Arrow and how well that's doing when they are building their next solo film. Not base it off Arrow, but use it as a guiding star, like Arrow did with the Dark Knight Trilogy.
GizmoEl - 3/29/2014, 9:05 PM
I don't really see what the big deal is. Do we need a phenomenal A-List actor for a second/third tier character? I think Amell would be a great addition to the DCCU. I'm not saying he should have a substantial role in the movies, but a glorified cameo would be great. Amell isn't an issue, he can hold his own with the likes of Cavill and Affleck. He's not gonna be better than them nor should he be.

Now if we're talking Flash, that's a different issue. The DCCU needs a Flash, and if they use the CW's Barry in the role then there may be some problems. We have yet to see how he portrays Flash, maybe he'll be great. He's a primary character in the JL, not secondary like Green Arrow, so he needs to bring his A game to stand with Affleck. It can happen, I would love to see it. But Flash is what makes or breaks the connection, not Amell's acting ability.
matterhorn - 3/29/2014, 9:23 PM
"[The executive producers] said, 'You know that no-power rule?' I said, 'Yeah.' 'Well, we're not gonna stick with that anymore.'"

so is that somewhat confirmation that episode 20/seeing red is the backdoor flash pilot?
113 - 3/29/2014, 9:24 PM
Seems like a nice guy and he's good on the TV show but I don't think he has the acting chops for a big budget movie franchise; I actually think it's fairly obvious he doesn't.

I like Tom Welling and Kristen Kreuk on Smallville too but they both clearly didn't have the acting chops to transition to movies. That's just the truth of CW shows & stars. The closest CW actor to becoming a movie star was Blake Lively and we all know how that turned out.
maninfinesuit - 3/29/2014, 9:43 PM
Amell is a stronger actor than Cavill. He's clocked the hours. He deserves his shot, if Green Arrow is to appear in Justice League.
staypuffed - 3/29/2014, 9:52 PM
Exactly! I think Amell is great, and he has earned a spot on the JL.
Tainted87 - 3/29/2014, 9:54 PM
I don't see any reason why he couldn't be in a Justice League movie. I know it's weird, but I've always thought that if Green Arrow was to be in JLA, he ought to be seasoned, older, full of sh*t - yes, but full of insight too. Basically, the Obi-Wan to Superman's Luke. Amell isn't anywhere NEAR that old, of course, but provided the writers can figure it out, it's totally possible to see SOME of Arrow's continuity blended into the DCCU.
Bread - 3/29/2014, 10:05 PM
If they're not going to connect the movies with the shows, then they should just not have Green Arrow in the JL at all. There's so many more characters that they could use.
Comedian03 - 3/29/2014, 10:15 PM
I love Amell on Arrow, think he was a great choice. That being said, I DON'T want him as Green Arrow in the cinematic universe. Amell is a TV actor, and he's not one of those tv actors who could hold their own on the big screen.
sameoldthing - 3/29/2014, 10:19 PM
Amell would work fine as GA on film,it's not like he would be the main focus. He could handle it.
Doubt it would happen with scheduling an all that. Grow a full goatee too Stephen,that's the real GA!
Super12 - 3/29/2014, 10:20 PM
I know its the longest of shots, but I would LOVE to see him as Green Arrow in a Justice League movie. Would LOVE it. It's just 98% sure not gonna happen. No movie studio would risk bringing all the baggage from a multi-year TV series onto their production just so fans can get a familiar face. Sad, but true. But still really really sad lol.
BatmanHeisenberg - 3/29/2014, 10:28 PM
I agree with Super12 about the movie studios adapting it. I feel like it would take way to much work to make the two universes mesh just so people can be satisfied. Honestly, Ollie isn't needed for the DCCU imo anyway.
GoldSlayer1 - 3/29/2014, 10:35 PM
Green Arrow is a b-list character (you can argue C-list)
you dont need some super mega talented actor for a B/c list character thats probably only getting a couple of minutes of screen time.

Are you really going to make the argument that you can find a better actor to play Green Arrow for 2-10 minutes on screen, that has as much experience with that character as Stephen Amell, and is cheaper?

This guy is willing to play the role in a movie regardless of how minuscule it is, he has experience playing the character, and he's most likely cheaper to get under contract.

As for his character not being old enough, well that'll depend.
There's probably 2 more seasons of arrow between now and MOS.
mgeoff88 - 3/29/2014, 10:48 PM
Yah, Stephen Amell is very dedicated to the role and his fans.

Ha ha, one of my friends really loves the "You have failed this city!" line:

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27ShowStopper - 3/29/2014, 11:05 PM
Amell IS Green Arrow. People saying he doesn't have the acting chops are ignorant. He wouldn't be asked to carry JL, he'd be 4th or 5th down the list.
loki668 - 3/29/2014, 11:06 PM
I wouldn't see the problem with him being, eventually, introduced into the League. It will give him time to polish his craft for the big screen (and that will take one hell of an adjustment). As far as builds go, I wouldn't see the problem with him being next to Affleck and Cavill. The primary reason being that Green Arrow, while he is well trained and tough, is NOT Batman. He has a different build, different methodology, and he's not the "in your face before he punches it off" type that Batman is. The size difference would only help accentuate Superman and Batman's "larger than life" personas.
Jhuntdaprodigy - 3/29/2014, 11:22 PM
If Gal Gadot is in the DCCU as Wonder Woman, I don't think anyone can argue that Amell doesn't belong or isn't a good enough actor to star beside Ben Afleck and Henry Cavill. I'm personally all for them connecting Arrow to the DCCU and bringing in Gustin and Amell as Arrow and Flash. If they decided not to take the opportunity to do that, and they instead cast different actors, it would be a minor disappointment, but I'll still have interest in the DCCU regardless. There is always the possibility they won't put any version of Green Arrow in Justice League at all. However, a JL movie without Flash wouldn't even be right, so it will have to be Gustin or another actor. If Gustin's in it, then Arrow is canon by default, if he's not, then they're separate universes. Bottom line though, WB is going to announce whether or not Arrow/Flash are canon sooner or later, we'll just have to wait and see.
Primordiac - 3/30/2014, 1:14 AM
People are acting like Henry Cavill had the acting chops and name recognition before he was the Man of Steel.
loki668 - 3/30/2014, 2:11 AM

Um...he did have "the chops" long before he took the role. He was Albert Mondego in the Count of Monte Cristo with Jim Caviezel, back in 2002. The guy has earned his stripes. I'm not saying that Amell hasn't, just that your example was a little off.
QuestionDAnswer - 3/30/2014, 2:28 AM

sinthegreat - 3/30/2014, 2:58 AM
Matt Damon would make a better green arrow
GUNSMITH - 3/30/2014, 3:05 AM
sinthegreat - 3/30/2014, 3:13 AM
Don't get me wrong I like arrow for what it is, but it isn't the best interpretation of green arrow. Green arrow has always been a robin hood type hero and an outspoken character. The cw show is clearly just cashing in on the Nolan films and making the rest up as they go along. Sometimes the action can be great but at the end of the day its still the typical cw drama b.s.
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