As you may know, DC’s movie and TV universes are separate. So far, DC has done a better job with their TV shows than Marvel has, despite the fact that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting better. It’s also easy to argue that Marvel’s cinematic universe far surpasses DC’s. Even their upcoming slate announcement showed the difference in how they handle fans. DC did it during an investor phone call, while Marvel had a fan/geek reporter event. Even Arrow’s Stephen Amell wasn’t pleased with the way it all went down.
“I thought that the way that Warner Bros. announced the slate of DC movies could have been handled better,” he said on AMC Movie Talk (via Badass Digest). “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.”
Now Amell has stated that he doesn’t mind having someone else play Arrow in the films. He also had this to say. “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.”