Sorry, Stephen Amell and fans, you won’t be seeing him standing tall next to Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and Henry Cavill any time soon.
At the TCA press tour for The Flash, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns nixed the idea that the comic book-based worlds of The CW’s multiple TV series and their new film series that started with Man of Steel and continues with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice would crossover. “It’s a separate universe,” Johns said definitively of the TV and Movie worlds. “We will not be integrating the film and television universes.”
The report, from IGN dashes the hopes of fans and actors alike. Amell, who portrays Oliver Queen on The CW’s Arrow, has made no secret of the fact that he’d love to get on the big screen as Green Arrow in the new film universe, and it looks like that is not to be. However, as Arrow has demonstrated and recent casting notices have reiterated, the worlds of The Flash and Arrow will continue to expand with “a lot of DC Universe characters,” just no Batman or Superman for the time being (though Johns wouldn’t rule them out eventually). The separation of the two universes is meant to allow creators on both side “tell the story that’s best” for their specific medium, the CCO said.
Johns did let on who the next character he’d personally like to see on the big screen (and he happens to be in some position of power to make such things happen), and that’s Shazam. Dwayne Johnson heavily hinted that he’ll be playing Shazam on the big screen soon, and the movie was one of many rumored for release by Warner Bros. Johns himself was said to be writing the treatment and screenplay for a Shazam film as far back as August 2009.