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Arrow's Stephen Amell Panel Discussion: Wizard World Philadelphia 2015


Philadelphia Wizard World 2015 offered another weekend of fun, fantasy cosplay and comics. Fans packed the Terrace Ballroom of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, so the folks who invested in the VIP experience got premium seating in the front section. Stephen Amell, Hayley Atwell and Ben McKenzie, the lead actors from Arrow, Marvel’s Agent Carter, and Gotham respectively, thrilled their fans during their panel sessions.


Now in it's third season, Arrow has set the standard for every superhero show that has followed in its path. A large part of that is due to Amell, who stars in the lead role of Oliver Queen. Amell, who celebrated his 34th birthday the day before, might have mistankenly outed himself as Green Arrow as the discussion began.Photo: Diane Cooney


"No," Amell retracted after a long pause. But I'll tell you, the way that we are structuring the show this year. I watched our finale last night, and I really have to say, it felt like a series finale."


During the panel discussion, Amell was also asked by a fan if there was a chance he and Flash star Grant Gustin could be part of the new Justice League movies.

“As of right now, the movie universe and the television universe are very, very separate," Amell said. "I mean we’ve seen Ezra Miller, who’s going to play The Flash in one of the upcoming films, and even on the Suicide Squad, we have a whole slew of characters that are now representing the Suicide Squad. And the Suicide Squad is at least for the foreseeable future is not going to be featured on Arrow. So we’re keeping those universes separate.”


As for the future of his Arrow character, Amell would like to see a change going into season four.


"I would like Oliver to be a little bit more at peace. I would like Oliver to smile, " Amell said. "I joked at Paley Fest this year that you can only stare broodingly off into the distance for so long. I think, in fact, 69 episodes is enough. So I would like Oliver to be a little bit more like the classical comic version of Oliver Queen that people have come to know. And I think that allows us to stay fresh with the show."


 Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com


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Photo: Diane Cooney