Want to talk about a busy life? Stephen Amell seems to be everywhere right now. Working on his fourth season of the CW’s Arrow, filming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (TMNT 2), trading jabs with a WWE wrestler (Cody Rhodes a.k.a. Stardust), traveling (was in Seattle last weekend attending a Blue Jays game), and still having time to interact with his fans and followers on social media. How he does it? Who knows and, frankly, who cares. It is awesome to follow the titular character of the Arrow series (Oliver Queen/Green Arrow) as he genuinely wants to be connected and engaged with his fans. Take a look at what he has been up to lately…
If you aren’t following Stephen on social media, you truly are missing out. First and foremost, it is refreshing to see a celebrity (from a comic book series no less) actually be the one posting to various social media outlets. Typically it is an assistant or ghostwriter who writes on that celebrity’s behalf. Not with Amell! He posts quite frequently on Facebook and Twitter each day. Not only that, he also REPLIES to comments! When do you ever see that? He is very interactive and puts out some great posts, tweets, and memes. If you haven’t already, follow Stephen Amell on his Facebook page and Twitter account.
When Arrow debuted, I didn’t have cable. I waited until just after the Blu-Ray release to pick up the season. Many people I knew were bugging out saying that season two was even better than season one. Introducing Barry Allen and getting a spin-off series picked up is pretty remarkable for a show less than two years on the air. From watching the Arrow series progress, I can say this: Stephen Amell should really be commended for the work he has put into the character. He has brought so much depth to Oliver Queen and his Green Arrow alter ego.
As a comic book fan and collector, my favorite character/series is Green Lantern. When Neal Adams took over artistic duties on the comic, and Green Arrow joined Hal Jordan in the series, you had some of the best material and content even by today’s standards. The dichotomy between Ollie and Hal made for great reading. Making the adaptation to live serial television can be challenging. Many saw Green Arrow as almost a secondary character in the DC Universe, especially with the Justice League. For those of us who have followed and witnessed the different interpretations of Oliver know that he definitely possessed top-hero caliber. Amell has done the character justice and has really set the tone for just who is the Green Arrow.
Here’s a capture of Stephen’s debut at SDCC, a great video of the cast of Arrow discussing season four at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, and an interview with Amell and co-star Emily Bett Rickards discussing what may be in store for Olicity:
Take a look at some of the casting for the upcoming season four of Arrow:
A rivalry was established at the May 26th episode of WWE Raw. Stephen had been at ringside in the audience. Stardust confronted the TV actor and initiated a feud in an attempt to get Amell in the ring at this August’s Summer Slam. Take a look at their first meeting:
Back in July, Stardust taunted Amell when he said, “Even the sharpest arrows, no matter what color, come crashing down“—which caused Amell to tweet, “.@StardustWWE — you can insult me all you want. When you start insulting The Green Arrow & all it represents you’re towing a fine line.”
Over the last couple of months, there have been shots taken by both individuals. Amell made a powerful statement to get Stardust’s attention: “Hey @StardustWWE – I’m not a wrestler. But if you keep calling me out, I’m going to come to Raw and punch you right in the mouth,” he tweeted.
The latest move by the WWE superstar is he stole Amell’s catchphrase of “You have failed this city” during a match he had with R-Truth. This appears like it was the last straw. Stephen immediately went to the Twitterverse to respond:
WWE’s Summerslam is available on pay-per-view on August 23rd, 2015 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. All signs point to Stardust and Amell settling things for good.
One of the favorite characters by many in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films and comic books is Casey Jones. Fans rejoiced when news broke the Amell would be portraying him in the upcoming sequel. Our writer April Carvelli covered a great article on Amell’s Casey Jones You can read it here!
TMNT 2 hits theaters June 3rd, 2016.