Stephen Amell Secretly DC's Robert Downey, Jr
(or at least their Clark Gregg -- which ain't bad)
We already knew that Warner Brothers put their bid in to own Comic-Con on Saturday night -- not with their movie panel, but with the thing we KNOW they're doing right -- their TV slate.
I'll name-check right now that my buddy Lon Lopez, who is a cranky shrewd TV watcher, loves Arrow. The Flash looks good. Constantine looks as good. We may even be drooling for Gotham. And all four series will get the spotlight on Saturday night of Comic-Con in Hall H.
But what we didn't know was that Stephen Amell would host the event. Then you have to start thinking about the past few months, and realizing that this guy is developing a huge fanbase. I could be wrong, but he also seems to be absolutely humble and grateful to be Oliver Queen. Moreover, he's INTO being Oliver Queen, in the way that Clark Gregg loves being Agent Coulson and Robert Downey, Jr. loves being Tony Stark (though they're probably not paying Amell Downey money -- yet).
Could Warner Brothers have a better spokesperson, more full of pulchritude, panache and graciousness? They tried with Ryan Reynolds but after Green Lantern tanked, he sort of vanished from the DC radar. It's up to Amell now, and he's doing just fine.
From Warner Brothers Entertainment:
While it may be possible to throw a great party without the assistance and backing of a billionaire playboy, Warner Bros. Television (WBTV) and DC Entertainment (DCE) are taking no chances, with Starling City’s favorite vigilante-turned-hero stepping out of the shadows and into the limelight, temporarily putting down his bow in favor of picking up a mic: Arrow star Stephen Amell (Twitter: @amellywood) has been tapped to serve as master of ceremonies when Warner Bros. Television Presents A Night of DC Entertainment on Saturday night, July 26, at Comic-Con 2014.
As previously announced, WBTV and DC Entertainment are teaming up for a three-hour (8:00–11:00 p.m.) special event in Hall H designed for DC Comics fans and featuring some of DC Comics’ greatest characters. Amell will preside over the world premiere screening of Gotham and the complete pilot screening of The Flash, and will give fans a look at footage from the Constantine pilot and a sneak peek at season three of Arrow. He will also introduce select stars and producers from each of the four series.
In Arrow, Stephen Amell plays Oliver Queen, who returned home to Starling City after being gone for five years, during which time he suffered unimaginable ordeals. With a mysterious agenda and armed with a new set of skills, Oliver moonlights as the Arrow, a crime-fighting hero looking to clean up the streets of his city.
Joined by his team — John Diggle (David Ramsey), Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) and Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) — Oliver protects the people he loves, becoming a beacon of hope for the city’s most vulnerable, and a weapon of justice against those who prey upon them. Arrow returns for season three on October 8, airing Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.