Tomorrow on DC’s newest hit TV series Legends of Tomorrow, the Legends team find themselves in Star City 2046. This version is run by criminals, and all the heroes we know from Arrow are dead or missing. Or so we think.
Many fans are happy to know that now only is Oliver Queen still alive, he’s sporting the legendary goatee of the comics, and has an arm missing, which is a callout to Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns comic.
Actor Stephen Amell chatted with IGN about what it was like being his future self, and looking like his comic book counterpart more than ever before:
“Well, it was incredibly exciting. It was probably, in terms of Oliver Queen, it was right up there with the first time that I got to put on the suit in the pilot. It was right up there. It was so much fun to play this older, not necessarily wiser, sort of reclusive, defeated version of Oliver. I mean, how often do you get to jump 30 years in the future and play this version of yourself? Of course, once I tweeted that Oliver would never have the goatee, I mean, you’re just setting yourself up for failure. This became inevitable. I wouldn’t say it was 100 percent my idea, but once we came up with this conceptually and they asked me if I would like to do it — which was not a fait accompli, because my priorities lie with Arrow and making sure that we stay on track with that production, so it was a matter of getting me free to do Legends. But once we figured that out logistically, I was the one that was like, “Look, we gotta do the goatee. We have to. I mean, we have to. This is our chance. This is our license. We can do whatever we want. We gotta do the goatee.” And they were like, “Okay! Sure. Why not?””
He also went on to talk about whether he’d like to be in an episode of Supergirl, like his CW partner Barry Allen, aka Flash:
“Sure! In this iteration of the DC Universe, the “Television Universe” as it were, I’m the guy that’s been around the longest, so I always feel — whether I’m on a show or I’m not on a show — I always feel as though I can in some way, shape or form represent them, and I always want them to be wildly successful and last for many more years than we end up lasting, because I just want to see people have success. So I would love to go over to Supergirl. That would be a blast, if for no other reason than I miss shooting in Los Angeles. [Laughs]”
Legends of Tomorrow will step into the future tomorrow at 8/7c on the CW.