Stephen Amell says he’s ‘done’ with the Arrowverse

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

Don’t expect Oliver Queen to appear in any future episodes of the Arrowverse. Stephen Amell has said that he doesn’t think he’ll ‘be doing that again’.

Stephen Amell, who shot to fame with his portrayal of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow on Arrow, retired from the role in 2019, leaving fans devastated. The show ended with an emotional farewell to the character and some hope for the future with a possible spin-off. But, if anyone was hoping to see Amell reprise his role as the hero formerly known as The Hood, they will be disappointed. Amell has said that he won’t ‘be doing that again’.

During his recent Instagram livestream, Amell was asked about the possibility of him appearing on one of the other Arrowverse as his beloved character. Amell said he’s ‘done’ with that and doesn’t plan to return. He appears to have enjoyed his time on the show, saying:

"“That was good. It was a good eight years but it was time to be done.”"

Arrow debuted in 2012, filling a much-needed void for superhero fare on television. The show echoed the same realistic and gritty take on DC Comics’ properties as Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy and soon became a hit among comic book fans and newcomers alike. Oliver Queen’s signature catchphrase, ‘You have failed this city’, was quickly added to pop culture lexicon.

When Arrow introduced Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen, the show launched its own universe which now comprises The Flash, Supergirl, Black Lightning, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman and the soon-to-be-released Superman & Lois.

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Crisis On Infinite Earths: Part One. Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

The final season of Arrow featured a backdoor pilot for another spin-off, Green Arrow and the Canaries. Amell has no updates on whether that show will be proceeding. Set in the future, the show is meant to follow Mia Smoak (Katherine McNamara), Earth-2 Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) and Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy). Many would agree that these three characters deserve to headline a show of their own.

The Arrowverse has become synonymous with its epic annual crossovers, with the Legends team often joking about being left out of them. Oliver Queen sacrificed his life – not once, but twice – during the final crossover featuring Arrow. Crisis on Infinite Earths was a massive undertaking that featured cameos of DC stars across live-action properties and several emotional send-offs to Oliver Queen’s legacy.

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Since completing Arrow, Amell has been training for his wrestling drama show, Heels. Are you sad to hear he won’t be returning to the Arrowverse, or were you happy with how Arrow ended? Let us know in the comments below!