Arrow’s Stephen Amell requested a specific story arc for The Flash Return

Warner Bros. has been slowly ending each of their DC Comics shows on The CW due to the appointment of James Gunn and Peter Safran as the co-CEOs of the newly minted DC Studios and the latest series to wrap things up is The flash. The flash returns for a shorter Season 9 that will complete the cast’s tenure in Central City. The CW is known for bringing back actors who have appeared in the Arrowverse before, but there was one character who died in the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event: Oliver Queen by Stephen Amell. It was recently revealed that Amell would be returning as Oliver Queen / Green Arrow in an upcoming episode that will also see David Ramsey and Keyinan Lonsdale reprise their roles of John Diggle and Wally West, respectively. Now it seems we have a little more clarity on what caused Amell’s return. During a new interview with TV line, The flash showrunner Eric Wallace revealed how the actor returning as Green Arrow came about.

“It’s a two-pronged answer. I called Greg and said, ‘I’ve got a crazy idea. What if Oliver Queen came back…’, and I pitched the story. He said, ‘I love it, let me call Stephen.” So he called Stephen and then called me back, “Stephen loves it! Talk to him, show him the idea.” So I called Stephen on the phone – and this all happens in the space of 18 hours, mind you – and I walked him through it. He said, ‘I love it. But can we do this? additional thing…?'” Wallace went on to explain how Amell wanted to do a specific storyline. “‘Let’s do that! That is fantastic.’ And the conversation ended with [Amell saying], ‘I participate. Let’s make this happen.’ It happened That fast.”

Gunn and Safran started out as co-CEOs of DC Studios last year, and it’s safe to say DC’s future looks bright. When the duo was announced by the new boss of Warner Bros. Discovery, they released a statement about their enthusiasm for the job.

“We are honored to be the stewards of these DC characters that we’ve loved since we were kids,” Gunn and Safran added in a joint statement. “We look forward to working with the most talented writers, directors and actors in the world to create an integrated, multi-layered universe that still allows for the individual expression of the artists involved. Our commitment to Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Harley Quinn and the rest of DC’s stable of characters is matched only by our dedication to the wonder of human possibility that these characters represent. We are excited to revive the theater experience around the world while we have some of the greatest, greatest, and grandest stories ever told.”

The next DC Studios movie to hit theaters will be Shazam! Anger of the gods. Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line describe the film as follows: “Endowed with the powers of the gods, Billy Batson and his fellow foster kids are still learning how to juggle teenage life with adult superhero alter egos. But when the daughters of Atlas, a vengeful trio of ancient gods, arrive on Earth in search of the magic stolen from them long ago.

Shazam! Anger of the gods stars recurring cast members Zachary Levi (Thor: Ragnarok) as Shazam; Asher Angel (Andy Mack) as Billy Batson; Jack Dylan Grazer (The chapter two) as Freddy Freeman; Adam Brody (Promising young woman) as superhero Freddy; Ross Butler (Raya and the Last Dragon) as superhero Eugene; great good (Day shift) as superhero Darla; DJ Cotrona (GI Joe: Retaliation) as superhero Pedro; Grace Caroline Currey (Annabelle: Creation) as Mary Bromfield / Superhero Mary; Faith Herman (This is us) as Darla Dudley; Ian Chen (A dog trip) as Eugene Choi; Jovan Armand (“Second Chances”) as Pedro Pena; Marta Milans (White lines) as Rosa Vasquez; Cooper Andrews (The living Dead) as Victor Vasquez; with Djimon Hounsou (A Quiet Place Part II) as Wizard. Joining the cast are Rachel Zegler (West Side Story), with Lucy Liu (Kung Fu Panda franchise) and Helen Mirren (F9: The fast saga).”

The film is directed by David F. Sandberg (Shazam!, Annabelle: Creation) and produced by Peter Safran. Anger of the Gods was written by Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan. Shazam! Anger of the Gods hits theaters March 17!

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