Stephen Amell’s time on The CW’s Arrow might be ending soon.
New reports indicate that Amell is leaving his TV career behind and heading to the big screen. Will the next season of Arrow be his last?
Movie Pilot is reporting that Amell wants to get involved with the DC Extended Universe before it’s too late, even if that means playing a villain in an upcoming Batman movie.
During a recent interview, Amell admitted that he would like to join the DC Extended Universe and would be willing to crossover as a villain.
“I always get this question. I think all the superheroes are taken now. I’ll play the Riddler, OK?” Amell shared. “It’s a villain, but I like the Riddler.”
The Riddler has been a part of the Batman world since his comic debut in 1948. The villain uses puzzles and traps to confound Batman and create problems within Gotham City.
The last actor to play the Riddler on the big screen was Jim Carrey in Batman Forever back in 1995. The villain was rumored to have a cameo in The Dark Knight Rises, though that never materialized.
Of course, Amell’s part as Arrow/Oliver Queen in the DC TV Universe could stop him from branching out into the DCEU. After all, DC does not have a history of mixing the actors from the two entities and has kept the properties completely separate over the years.
To complicate matters even further, Game N Guide has concluded that Amell’s transformation into a villain might be confusing for fans. Amell has spent the past few years as a superhero, which makes it hard to see him as a bad guy.
So far, nothing official concerning the Riddler’s status has been released. Although Affleck is currently working on the next solo Batman flick, nobody knows if he has plans on bringing in the Riddler.
That being said, Amell has already started to expand his career in movies. According to Cinema Blend, Amell recently appeared as Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Although he played a hero in the movie, his ability to crossover to the big screen was validated.
Whether or not Stephen Amell could pull off a character as diverse as the Riddler is another matter. Not only is the Riddler a villain, but he’s also less of a physical character than Amell has played in the past.
In contrast, Oliver Queen and Casey Jones are both good guys and vigilantes in their respective cities.
With so many questions surrounding the role, it is unclear if Amell would even try out for the part. If he did, there is a good chance that DC would make him quit Arrow, which is currently heading into its fifth season on The CW.
At this point, it is simply too early to tell what will happen in Amell’s future. He is clearly willing to take on challenging roles and wants to remain in the superhero scene. Hopefully, fans will get the best of both worlds and see Amell continue on Arrow and make a splash on the big screens.
Until more information is released, fans can watch Amell in action when the new season of Arrow returns to television this fall.
No release date has been set for the next solo Batman movie.
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