Arrow: Stephen Amell on playing Barry Allen in the Elseworlds crossover

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Arrow star Stephen Amell, who usually plays Oliver Queen/The Green Arrow, has spoken about the unlikely role he has to play in the upcoming Elseworlds crossover: due to a Freaky Friday situation, he’ll have to channel his inner Barry Allen/The Flash in a big way.

This crossover – which will mesh together the worlds of Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl as well as introducing Batwoman – will see our heroes battling a villain that’s messing with reality. A big part of this meddling involves Barry and Oliver swapping lives and powers.

Speaking to Collider, Amell said this about the task of collaborating with Gustin to make this wacky idea work:

“Oh, it was the most, I don’t know if I’d call it the most rewarding, but it was the most fun that I’ve had, maybe ever, throughout the course of doing the show.

“So much of it felt because Grant I had a discussion very early on. […] I had so much fun, but we had the discussion very early on that if this was gonna work that we really had to go for it, right?

“So, there are elements, because he has my learned abilities and his superpowers, there are elements of each other’s personality that each of us have to embrace in order to be successful at the mission that’s in front of us. So, every once in a while, I’m channelling my inner Barry Allen and I’m looking at Grant after the tape going, “Is it too much now?” We had a blast. I think that the crossover this year, even if we don’t have as many DC characters necessarily as we did last year, this feels like the first time, or at the very least, the best example of us just embracing the fun of it all and embracing all of the opportunities that we have because of all the things that we’ve had a chance to build over the years.”

The Elseworlds crossover kicks off on The CW on December 9th for American viewers. Sky One will be a week later with its UK broadcast.

We’ll bring you more news as we hear it.