During Fan Expo Vancouver 2015, Arrow star Stephen Amell was asked about his role in the Ninja Turtles sequel. Amell said the following:
I'm just glad I get to play a vigilante on the big screen. Obviously, the similarities are right there on the surface, he's a vigilante, but if the audition process and the script are any indication, the character is going to be fundamentally different [from Arrow]. As a matter of fact, it is almost like the character of Casey Jones, at least from this iteration of Ninja Turtles, is almost like the Oliver Queen people know from the older comic books.
These comments seem to indicate that fans who feel Jones and Queen are too similar should be ok with Amell playing both, as their personalities are vastly different. Also, whereas Oliver Queen in Arrow takes his job as a vigilante very seriously, the Oliver Queen from the comics (at least a few versions of the character) enjoyed what he did and had fun while doing it. Casey Jones loves to beat the crap out of the bad guys, so I think Amell is saying that they're staying true to the character and that Jones will enjoy busting some skulls. Amell went on to say:
As much as I enjoy playing Oliver Queen, it is very important to me to stretch out a little bit. And believe me, I know I'm playing another vigilante. I know this! You're going to have to trust me when I say that not only is Casey Jones different from Oliver Queen, but filming a big feature film is really different than filming a television show.
I trust you, Stephen. I trust you.
Do you trust Stephen Amell taking on the role of Casey Jones? Are you looking forward to seeing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2? Did you love the first one? Did you hate it? Let us know what you think in the comments section! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 will hit theaters June 3, 2016. Thanks for reading, everyone! My name is Sam Lascio, and I am a Fanboy!
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