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The Flash: Stephen Amell Reveals Some of His Return Requests, Cheers That ‘Really Cool’ Ending to Episode

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The following contains spoilers from the April 26 episode of The Flash.

Stephen Amell almost looked a bit different for his much-ballyhooed return to The Flash.

If you will recall, Flash showrunner Eric Wallace previously told TVLine that when he, at Arrowverse EP Greg Berlanti’s request, personally pitched Amell the episode that would bring back dearly departed Oliver, the Arrow vet responded with a request, for a tweak of some sort.

Speaking with TVLine recently, Amell couldn’t pinpoint exactly to what Wallace was referring. Though he did share with us a few of the ‘druthers he’d expressed….

“I told Eric that I wanted Oliver to say something of significance,” Amell said, “something that moved the story.” And that surely was fulfilled by Oliver/Spectre affirming for Barry that a new multiverse had been created at the end of “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”

Amell then remembered, “I was pretty specific about wanting to be in the [Green Arrow] suit, despite the fact that I have the powers of the Spectre.”

All together now: Whew.

Crisis on Infinite EarthsWhen last seen as the powerful Spectre, Amell wore a dark, Obi-Wan Kenobi-style cloak. As Amell and I reflected on what I described to him as “Not your best look,” I let out a disapproving groan which he said mirrored his own upon hearing that was going to be his fit for this encore.

“The original idea was that Barry would show up on Lian Yu and I would be in full Spectre garb. And I made the exact same sound you just did, Matt,” Amell shared with a laugh.

Amell went on to say that when he shared with the Flash showrunner his desire to forego Spectre’s look, Wallace responded, “‘Do you just want to be the Arrow?’ And I go, ‘Yeah.’ And he goes, ‘Oh. OK.’ That was one of the requests.” (Oliver donned his Arrow Season 8 costume when he returned to the “living” to help Barry battle Bloodwork.)

The episode’s very final scene could also be found Amell’s wish list.

“I had alluded to really enjoying a scene at the end of one of our crossovers where Oliver and Barry are having a beer,” Amell said. Next thing he knew, he was reading the script for this episode, which ended with the archer and speedster opening up to each other at a bar.

“And a lot of the dialogue I say to him there — ‘Are you still giving people hope?’ And the ‘guardian angel’ stuff — I say that to him in the pilot of The Flash,” Amell noted. “What a really, really cool way to end the episode.”

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