Listen Up! If you have clicked on this article, the title must be intriguing to you, so if you want to understand what I am saying, read everything, and have an open mind. Don't have your mind made up before you even read. Okay, so now that I have gotten that out of the way, let's get started!
I love the show Arrow. It's fun and gives me all of the little fanboy easter eggs that I crave. Plus, (if you haven't noticed this) the fact that the same actor plays Deathstroke and Azog the Defiler from The Hobbit trilogy is the ultimate connection between my two nerdiest loves of the world -- Middle Earth and Superheroes. But, I have seen one too many posts concerning Arrow's Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) being tied in with the DC Cinematic Universe, which in my book, would be a huge mistake. This may sound like a contradiction, so let me explain. For me, when it comes to movies and TV, there is a difference between a fun movie/show and a good movie/show.For example: The Fast and the Furious is a fun movie. It has mediocre acting, an unrealistic plot, and everyone watches it for the action. Forrest Gump is a good movie. Fantastic acting, amazing plot, and everyone watches it because it is a wonderful story. Now which of these do you think sounds more like Arrow? The answer should be obvious.
Has anyone ever wondered why CW actors and actresses are always recycled? It's because they're all on the same caliber of acting. It always baffles me when I see someone complain about Ben Affleck as Batman, but then say that they want Stephen Amell as the Green Arrow or Grant Gustin as the Flash. They just aren't good actors, plain and simple. The only half-decent actors on the show are Stephen Amell and David Ramsey. But, do you want your big screen DC actors to be just that, half-decent, or do you want them to be phenomenal?
P.S. Want a lesson on bad acting 101? Watch this video, and skip to 1:28.
Deathstroke the Terminator
Deathstroke is one of my favorite villains in the DC Universe. He is the world's greatest assassin. He has enhanced strength, endurance, agility, and is a master fighter. He can use 90% of his brain power to think, as opposed to the average human's 10% (all to say, he's not the dullest crayon in the box for sure). And, the icing on the cake, he once defeated the entire Justice League singlehandedly, having enough will power to stop a Green Lantern Ring from attacking him. If he is going to be in this universe, he can't just be "that one guy on that one island." Plus, if there were ever a Teen Titans movie, who would the main antagonist be? (If you don't believe he took down the Justice League, see for yourself: Deathstroke Fights the Entire JLA).
The Real Green Arrow
I'm going to be upfront with this one. All serious stories need some comic relief. That is what the Green Arrow has always been. His personality, like Wally West, is similar to Tony Stark's. They are always cracking jokes to lighten the mood. Stephem Amell's Arrow does not have this kind of attitude. He is more of an always-serious Batman personality, which is okay for the show, but not for a Justice League movie. So, in short, Amell's Arrow isn't the "real" Green Arrow... if you want to put it that way.
Like previously mentioned, Grant Gustin is just a bad actor. But think about this: he plays Barry Allen (not Bart Allen or young Wally West). Barry Allen is not a kid. I don't think it would be good to have a 40+ year old Batman and a 17 year old (the character is 17, Gustin is 23) Barry Allen. That just seems... wrong. But, maybe, for some strange reason, Zack Snyder will think it is a good idea. I mean heck, he thought Sucker Punch was a good idea (Zing!). But, if he went crazy and wanted to do that, then at least use a good actor! It will always go back to acting chops.
Also, just as an aside, does anyone else think Gustin is just a knock-off Andrew Garfield?
Bow and Arrow Characters
Okay guys, I know I'm going to catch hell for this one, but let's be honest, next to such super-powered characters, bow and arrow characters do not add much to the team. Yeah they have trick arrows and all, but it's not enough... sorry. Put it in terms of The Avengers. Remember when Hawkeye shot an explosive arrow at Loki? Well, probably not, because it didn't add anything to the movie. But, if you do remember it, do you remember how much damage it did to Loki? NONE! Now compare that to when the Hulk smashed Loki. Did that do any damage? Uh... YEAH! Quite a bit of damage! Against superhuman villains, bow and arrows don't do much. Now, just so I don't hear "well you only talked about the Avengers! We're talking about the Justice League!" Take a gander (yeah, I just said gander) at the picture below:
Lets deduct this picture.
Superman has super-strength, super-speed, flight, nearly invulnerable, laser vision, etc. Batman is Batman. Wonder Woman has super-strength, flight, an invisible plane (why? Your guess is as good as mine), a lasso of truth which can come in handy in really tight spots (yes, I'm being sarcastic), etc. Green Lantern has the most powerful weapon in the universe... nuff said. The Flash can run pretty dang fast, vibrate his molecules fast enough to walk through walls, etc. Aquaman I will admit is a little fishy... you'll get it later. Martian Manhunter can pretty much do it all. He is telepathic, a shapeshifter, walk through walls and other things, fly, etc.
So here is this whole skew of awesomeness, and then we look at the Green Arrow. He shoots arrow at people. Yeah he has trick arrows, but what does that do to Darkseid, Doomsday, etc.? Just the same (if not less) than Hawkeye did to Loki -- NOTHING!
I'm sorry Green Arrow and Arrow fans alike, (whom, I may mention, I am among) but some of this had to be said. I love the character, I love the show, but I love the success of the DC Cinematic Universe infinitely better.
Thanks for reading (or just skimming and looking at the pictures... that's usually what I do), and let me know what you think in the comments! Send all of my fan mail to 1021 Why Are You Sending Me Fan Mail Lane, Atlanta GA. Thanks!