For whatever reason Warner Bros has decided to keep their TV and movie universes separate, even though they're actively developing the same characters in the two spaces. The most obvious example: the announcement that Ezra Miller would play the movie Flash just days after the TV Flash debuted. Some of us wondered whether this wasn't a thunder-stealing moment, and it turns out Arrow star Stephen Amell thinks the same thing:
I thought that the way that Warner Bros. announced the slate of DC movies could have been handled better. And 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, he should have been given a wider berth than two episodes before another actor was announced to play his character. All that being said, that’s because I’m protective of Grant, and that’s because I think producing 23 episodes of superhero television is more difficult than producing a feature film. And it’s 23 episodes again, and again, and again.
Them's fighting words! Amell has a real point here - Warner Bros is definitely treating their high-rated TV shows as redheaded stepchildren. Amell says that he wouldn't mind someone else playing Green Arrow in the movies, so it isn't just a sense of territoriality that has his hackles raised. It's simply that the parent company isn't being graceful with the way they handle this stuff. And it's hard to argue against that POV.
Amell's savvy. He's good on social media and he communicates with fans. He's setting himself up here as a big brother to Grant Gustin, which is the sort of (easily sexualized) relationship the fans of TV shows love. This is playing smart in all the right ways, and it's probably with a goal in mind. Amell says he's okay with someone else playing Ollie in the movies, but he may not be that worried about it:
The plans that Warner Bros. has, and it’s a great plan, overall, and DC has for the introduction to the Justice League of America and all the standalone films, is going to take place over the course of five to six years. So who knows what could happen. I’ve had some great conversations with Geoff Johns, who is DC’s Chief Creative Officer. We had this conversation shortly after these announcements were made, and I came away from the conversation feeling great
What does that mean exactly? Unclear! It would certainly be weird for the TV Green Arrow to be in the movies but the TV Flash - with whom he crosses over - to be on his own. Of course I've talked about theories that DC is working towards a cross-overable multiverse, so maybe that's what Johns told him that has him feeling good.
Anyway, bully for Amell for standing up for his TV people. I'm not a particularly big fan of Arrow (ie, I can't stand it) but I think The Flash is pretty fun, and proves that the people making the TV shows have finally started to get it. It's a real bummer that Warner Bros is intent on pitting TV versus movies, because I just think one will end up getting hurt in the process.