Oliver Queen/Green Arrow actor Stephen Amell talks about why he didn’t want his return as the Emerald Archer to be in the final episode of The Flash.
The following contains spoilers for The Flash Season 9, Episode 9, “It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To,” which aired this past Wednesday on The CW.
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow actor and Arrow leading man Stephen Amell discussed why he didn’t want his last outing as the Emerald Archer to be in the upcoming series finale of The Flash.
While talking about his return as Green Arrow with Entertainment Weekly, Amell brought up why his coming back to play the character on The Flash worked. “Everything about the series finale should be in service of The Flash and [Barry Allen’s] story, so I’m glad we got it out of the way before then,” the Arrowverse veteran explained. “The thing that I was most excited about was that it wasn’t the series finale and that we actually have a little bit more time and space to talk about the Barry and Oliver relationship, and what’s been going on with him, and what’s going on with Barry.” Amell’s return occurred in the most recent episode of the show, “It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To,” which also saw the return of Season 6’s first big bad, Ramsey Russo/Bloodwork, as well as allies Wally West/Kid Flash and John Diggle/Spartan.
Previously, Amell revealed that he had specific demands for playing Green Arrow again, recalling, “I told [The Flash showrunner Eric Wallace] that I wanted Oliver to say something of significance, something that moved the story.” He went on to add that he was “pretty specific about wanting to be in the [Green Arrow] suit,” even though Oliver now had the powers of the Spectre.
Will Stephen Amell Ever Be Back Again as Green Arrow?
The possibility of reprising Green Arrow in the future has been teased by Amell, though it may not be in a TV show, as he has opted for a limited series or something similar featuring the Battling Bowman to be where that happens. “We had a good run on The CW in the Arrowverse,” he remarked. “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.”
Tying into this, Amell touched upon the likelihood of him portraying Green Arrow in the DC Universe, stating that there “might be more fun stuff to do with Oliver Queen.” However, DC Studios co-head and self-identified Green Arrow fan James Gunn has yet to announce any plans regarding the Ace Archer in the franchise.
The Flash airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.