Stephen Amell Calls The ARROW And AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Comparisons ‘Lazy’


bannerFor the past few months there have been a plethora of articles on the web comparing Arrow and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and what one show does better or worse than the other. The Walking Dead has been thrown into the mix a few times, but that show has a different tone and style than the other two comic book shows. In a recent interview with Yahoo, Arrow showrunner Andrew Kreisberg was asked about the constant comparisons and online wars between the two shows’ fanbases. Shortly after that Arrow star Stephen Amell weighed in with his own thoughts.

Speaking to Yahoo, Kreisberg said that his show is not in competition with any other show out there, S.H.I.E.L.D. or otherwise. They’re doing their own thing and trying to present a great hour of TV each and every week:

We don’t really feel like we’re in competition with anybody else. We’re only trying to outdo ourselves as we move forward. I think all of us here — not just as writers but as viewers — are thrilled that we’re in what feels like a golden age of comic book adaptations in both film and television. We’re excited to be part of this real shift in the TV landscape that includes S.H.I.E.L.D. and hopefully for next season Gotham and Constantine, and even the Daredevil show, which I’m really excited about. We really feel like a rising tide lifts all ships, so the more comic book adaptations the better!

arrowA fan posted that article on Stephen Amell‘s Facebook page and asked if he had a comment of his own. The star spends a good amount of time on his social media pages interacting with fans and answering as many questions as he can. Amell agreed with his showrunner, but he took things a step or two further with his comments:

We are not in competition with other television shows. I realize Agents of SHIELD is an easy comparison, but it’s also kind of lazy. We aren’t trying to be the best comic book show, we’re trying to be THE best hour of entertainment. Period.
There still seems to be a distinction that assumes television is somehow inferior to cinema… I think that’s ridiculous. We embrace the rigors of an episodic schedule, use them to our advantage and churn out a kick ass product with a high degree of difficulty and virtually no margin for error. 966 minutes of programming every year.
I couldn’t be prouder of what we do and that sense of accomplishment is based solely on the quality of our product, not the performance of anyone else’s.

There’s really no comparing the two shows. Arrow had a rocky start, but found its feet in season two. It’s almost a night and day shift between the show’s quality or action and stories this season. S.H.I.E.L.D. has more money and more marketing than the CW show, and it’s off to a rockier start to say the least. With the series hemorrhaging ratings it doesn’t seem like they will get a chance to switch it up in season two since there probably won’t be a season two. Amell may be hinting at his desires to be part of the DC movie universe with his film/TV comparisons, but that’s neither here nor there. What do you think about the actor’s comments about the constant comparisons between the two big comic book shows?


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