Regular readers of this site, as well as most comic book and superhero fans around the world, know Stephen Amell as the star of the television series Arrow, as well as the frontman to the entire DC Television Universe, which also includes The Flash and will very soon probably include Supergirl and Titans (or Blackbirds, but that name sucks). He has also just recently been announced as Casey Jones in the sequel to the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. The following is a few reasons why I think Stephen Amell is on the fast track to becoming one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. In fact, I will go so far as to say that 20 years from now people will see Arrow to Stephen's career the same way they see Welcome Back, Kotter to John Travolta's career or Bosom Buddies to Tom Hanks.
Stephen Amell has been active in Hollywood since 2004, when he made his professional acting debut in two guest spots as a spinning instructor on the Showtime original series Queer as Folk, based on a British television series of the same name created by Russell T. Davies, the same man who revived Doctor Who in 2005. Some of his earliest television appearances included guest spots on the Canadian television series Degrassi: The Next Generation, Blue Mountain State, CSI: Miami, NCIS: Los Angeles, and the CW television series The Vampire Diaries. Before landing the role of Oliver Queen on Arrow, Stephen was a main character for the third season of the HBO television series Hung, where he played a male prostitute.
Stephen Amell has become wildly popular, building up a substantial following on Twitter and Facebook, where his fans have taken to calling him Captain Amell. He is a commanding force on social media, and is extremely interactive with the fans. Stephen comes off as very approachable, and someone who genuinely seems to love his fans as much as they love him. Attitudes like this engender loyalty, and his fans will support him in anything he does because of it. Stephen is also extremely selfless, sacrificing his weekends fairly regularly to appear at comic book conventions all across the United States and Canada, and being a quasi-spokesman for the non-profit organization Fuck Cancer.
While on the surface his role as Casey Jones may seem like more of the same as what he is doing on Arrow, and it has drawn into question Amell's range as an actor and whether or not he can do anything else, his previous work has shown that he absolutely can as he has indeed played characters 180 degrees away from what Arrow is and what Casey Jones probably will be. A television series like Arrow takes a lot of time and effort, and it doesn't give him a lot of time to take too many movies during hiatus, but I think we will start seeing him do probably one movie a year, slowly becoming a household name to people who aren't fans of superhero television shows. Stephen Amell is certainly a star on the rise, and it should be interesting to see where his career goes from here.