Stephen Amell on ‘Arrow,’ His Charity to Fight Cancer and ‘The Flash’ – Speakeasy – WSJ

Posted: November 1, 2014 in Movies, Scifi, Television
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From the onset of reading the title of this article he sounded to me that Amell was going to fight cancer and The Flash. Maybe, it’s just me. Now, on with the show with this topic on hand, should DC continue to keep their shows on TV separate from their movie counterparts?

About a week ago, I came across this article from Cinema Blend which talk about this very point.

Geoff Johns goes on to tell Buzzfeed that DC has no desire to just recreate what Marvel has already been doing for several years. Instead, the company wants to forge its own path and do something a little different.

via http://www.cinemablend.com/television/What-DC-Calling-Its-Split-Universe-Why-Everything-Being-Kept-Separate-67994.html

I’m okay with DC calling it a multiverse provided this leads to more and greater things. I’m all for DC to go something different since Marvel is literally blowing them out of the water. With being said, Marvel is not the all around comic book company juggernaut. A perfect example would be Agents of SHIELD which I was so looking forward to last year but after a few episodes, the quality became poor. Yes, I know that the show picks up after the event from Captain America The Winter Soldier but I don’t have the will to keeping watching. Besides, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, and Constantine (which I have to finish the pilot) are DC strongest efforts to combat Marvel’s dominance. With that said, Marvel does have that deal with Netflix coming in 2015 with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist with a possible Defenders mini series. Let’s not forget, Agent Carter on ABC will becoming sometime early January. Marvel has a lot to prove on the small screen. However, if they can tie this all together with the MCU, then Marvel will have an unprecedented capacity to entertain us that is beyond any comic book fan boys wet dream. As for DC, not so much except for this – Infinity Crisis.

Before I delve into the Infinity Crisis, Amell said something in the article below which I agreed with.

I’d put making 23 hours of interesting content in a TV season up against anything on the film side.

The reason why I agreed with this statement is how rewarding it is to have a show a payoff towards the season finale for those who spent the time over the course of the season. Whereas watching Thor The Dark World movie bored me. The build up between Thor and the Dark Elf Malekith failed to be compelling nor interesting because there was no history, though there was a quick backstory, but with Loki we do. Imagine if Loki was not in the Avengers movie leading the Chitauri attack. We would have a very simple and a non compelling nemesis in the Chitauri for The Avengers to fight. Moving from Loki to Thanos, here we are getting seeds planted from the Avengers movie and Guardians of the Galaxy which leads us for seeing him in the third Avengers film. If we are just given Thanos in Avengers 3, the movie would have to spend a great time to giving him a quick backstory, then goes off to fight, he loses and the end. Who cares? With Arrow, we have two amazing years in which storylines of Oliver’s time on the island was mixed in with the current day storylines. Deathstroke build up would not have been pulled off masterfully if there was no investment of a long story arc. You can’t get that in just two hours and have to wait for a couple years for the next chapter.

Now, let’s get back to the heart of the matter. DC has made their movie lineup known for the next several years. Within those films, we will have crossovers. Right off the bat, no pun intended, we get Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice and within that movie we will also get Wonder Woman. As DC does their thing on the big screen, we could ultimately have a true DC multiverse. There’s good discussion of Supergirl being brought to the small screen which makes me want to believe The Infinity Crisis could happen. There was another show the CW was looking to do was Amazon which could have been Wonder Woman’s return to tv. If all this goes, we could and will have two actors playing the same role like the Flash, Green Arrow, Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman? Having the multiple universe would be compelling and freeing as storylines don’t have to be restricted by comic book canon.  This would incredible venture for DC to take but I know this is just wishing thinking.

Stephen Amell’s TV show, “Arrow” is in its third season, while the comic book spinoff from “Arrow,” “The Flash” is setting ratings records for The CW. Amell’s fans have also lobbied for him to play Green Arrow in DC’s upcoming Justice League film.

The actor talked with Speakeasy about life as a comic book icon.

Congrats on season three of “Arrow.”

I would say that it is everything that we expected but that wouldn’t really be true because there hasn’t been a recent history of successful comic book shows on television, with the exception of “Smallville.” Aside from the success of our show, the appearance and relative abundance of comic book properties on TV is really gratifying.

Aside from “Smallville,” comic books had a pretty spotty history on TV until “Arrow” came along. Now “Flash” is doing well and so is “Gotham.” Last season saw “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” score big ratings.

Yeah. A lot of reviews of “Arrow” at first said “This is an interesting concept but we know that comic book shows don’t work long-term on TV.” Well, that has now been proven wrong. I think the success of “Flash” and the other comic book properties is because of the quality of the material in those shows. But if we had been a bust, I don’t think any of those shows would exist. They stand on their own two feet, but I think we led the way.

via Stephen Amell on ‘Arrow,’ His Charity to Fight Cancer and ‘The Flash’ – Speakeasy – WSJ.

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