Vancouver will be losing one of the long-running superhero TV shows filmed here that has spawned numerous spinoffs.
TV series Arrow is at the centre of the Arrowverse, which includes The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. Additional Arrowverse series (not shot in Vancouver) include Vixen and Freedom Fighters: The Ray.
Toronto-born Stephen Amell, who portrays lead character Oliver Queen (who is also Green Arrow), fought back tears as he made an emotional announcement in a video posted on Facebook Live on March 6.
He stated that Arrow will end after a limited run of 10 episodes for Season 8 during the 2019-2020 season. A season premiere date has not been announced yet.
Arrow is currently in production on Season 7 in Vancouver, which it started filming on July 6, 2018, and is scheduled to continue until April 18.
The conclusion of the show will affect employment of screen industry workers in Vancouver. CBC News reported that over 3,000 local workers have been employed over the show’s past seven seasons.
However, a new Arrowverse TV series, Batwoman starring Ruby Rose in the title role, is currently filming its TV pilot this month and, if greenlit, could become a new Arrowverse series to shoot in the city.
In the video, Amell talked about being a fan of shows that end “in a manner that really packs a punch”. He also cited the fact that as a husband and father, his interests are no longer in Vancouver but in Los Angeles where his family is based.
Executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Beth Schwartz issued a statement about the ending of the series.
“This was a difficult decision to come to, but like every hard decision we’ve made for the past seven years, it was with the best interests of Arrow in mind,” the executive producers stated. “We’re heartened by the fact that Arrow has birthed an entire universe of shows that will continue on for many years to come. We’re excited about crafting a conclusion that honors the show, its characters and its legacy and are grateful to all the writers, producers, actors, and—more importantly—the incredible crew that has sustained us and the show for over seven years.”
Grant Gustin, who plays the titular character on The Flash, posted a lengthy message on social media with his thoughts about Stephen Amell and the ending of Arrow.
“Stephen has always brought a different kind of passion to his show and the whole Arrowverse,” Gustin stated. “It’s always been clear to me how much it means to Stephen to have the privilege of getting to go on this journey as Oliver Queen. And how much care he’s always put towards it.”
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It kinda just hit me this morning that Arrow will be leaving us next year. Ever since I started doing this, it’s always been “Flash & Arrow” (or really this should of said “Arrow & Flash” on it’s cover....right, Stephen?)We don’t get to see a lot of each other, because we both work very similar schedules, on different shows, for 9 1/2 months out of the year. But when we’re brought together for those grueling crossover episodes, it always results in something pretty special. And not JUST a special kind of hell. It’s just absolutely bananas to stand around with that many people in super suits, and get paid to play make believe on tv. It’s something that wouldn’t happen year after year if it weren’t for the groundwork that Arrow, Stephen and the whole cast and crew laid for us. Not just that, but Stephen has always brought a different kind of passion to his show and the whole Arrowverse. It’s always been clear to me how much it means to Stephen to have the privilege of getting to go on this journey as Oliver Queen. And how much care he’s always put towards it. I will never forget ohh soo many memories we shared together during our hundreds, if not thousands of hours of crossover filming. Thank you to everyone who was a part of making Arrow for letting me come on this journey with you all. Congratulations on a badass show that will live on forever. I’ll never forget binge watching season one and being scared shitless my first day on set, seeing you all in person. Stephen, you’re a legend. Maybe this means we can hang out more?
During his time in Vancouver, Amell has shown himself to be a supporter of LGBT and women rights.
However most recently, it seems Amell has gotten himself into a social media wrestling match with Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista about a different matter altogether.
Amell tweeted about Bautista’s upcoming match against Triple H at WWE’s Wrestlemania 35, stating “Really pumped for the match but also don’t want to see a celebrity angle detract from an awesome wrestling card.”
Bautista, a professor wrestler who uses the ring name Batista, was quick to deliver a smackdown, stating: “Considering that celebrity could actually fuck someone up, and that celebrity is a former 6x heavyweight champ, and that celebrity is there because he loves it, maybe it just adds to the card. Maybe.”
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