Stephen Amell Weighs In On The Neglected Impact of DC's Arrowverse

For Arrowverse fans, things have been tough during the last couple of years as the CW did not rest and put the entire lineup to sleep as they cancelled each of the shows that built this universe.

Given DC’s struggle to progress at the box office, one can argue that its reputation for television offerings is way better. But how can they maintain or upgrade their TV offerings when every project battles unfair cancellation?

With the success of Smallville in 2001, the CW birthed Arrow, Black Lightning, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, The Flash, and Superman & Lois, which tried to make up for the failing status of DC in the cinemas.

Arrowverse proved that it was possible to build an interconnected universe, with stories each proving the significance of their own and past stars and new actors who help bring each narrative to its best state.

But now that the Arrowverse is officially dead at CW, Arrow lead star Stephen Amell reflected in his recent interview with Entertainment Weekly about the connected universe's impact, which not just DC executives failed to acknowledge but the fans as well.

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“Greg Berlanti called me into his office and said, 'Hey, we're going to be introducing Barry Allen. He's the Flash. We want to spend the next bit of time building the Justice League on TV.' And that's precisely what they did.” said Amell.

He continued: “I mean, I think DC gets a lot of s**t for not building this interconnected [film] universe, but I just think people need to look at what they did on TV. Crossovers had been done before, they'll be done again, but the scale to which we did it was unprecedented.”

Amell recently reprised his role as Green Arrow in the ninth and final season of The Flash. In April, the actor said that he was willing to play the character again, even beyond television.

“We had a good run on The CW in the Arrowverse, but the idea of 22 or 23 episodes a year…. That’s a very specific way to make television, with act breaks and all those things. I had had my fill of playing Arrow in that particular medium. But the idea of going back and doing something on a limited basis, or doing a movie it’d be interesting.” Amell underscored.

Arrow and The Flash are available to watch on Amazon Instant Video.

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