Stephen Amell On Facebook

What better way to start the day then with a funny story. Arrow actor Stephen Amell took to Facebook yesterday… which he is like to do… and responded to the photos of Melissa Benoist in her Supergirl costume. He then went on to talk about how important that first costumed image is to a series like this, the first impression. He also talked about how if it wasn’t for Katie Cassidy, Arrow could have started off with a very different first impression.His story is a little long so I’m pasting it here and linking to it below for easier reading.

Just saw the photo of Melissa Benoist as Supergirl on Twitter. Wow. Most importantly – the costume looks awesome. Congratulations to everyone involved. Now… let me take you back and tell you a story.

When Arrow began filming – late winter, 2012 – the very first thing I did after being cast was head for a costume fitting. There was concept art, but the producers had – smartly – left the basics open to interpretation based on who they put in the role.

Several fittings and one defiant, “I’m not wearing army boots, it forces me to run like a business person trying to catch a bus” rant later, we were ready for the exact moment that the Supergirl peeps went through today: The unveiling. And why was this important? Because the year prior a superhero costume picture had leaked and there was a perception – you can debate how accurate it was – that this leak had gotten the production off on the wrong foot.

As a result, any time I was in the suit, I had to wear an overcoat and – I swear to god – a fedora, for fear that paparazzi were lurking about trying to steal our thunder.

Well… the photos were taken and the choice was made. Ironically, the photo we ended up using (me, with my head down in profile) was a shot our director David Nutter insisted on at the last minute just from watching me shift into that stance to stay comfortable.

The photo is examined, approved… given a little panache from the DC team and set for release. I remember everyone being really happy with it and wanting to show it off to people working on the pilot. Which led to one of our producers showing it to Katie Cassidy… She immediately pointed out a glaring problem. The angle of the photo and the placement of my bow made it appear as though I was maybe a little TOO excited about wearing the Arrow suit. She was right. It definitely looked like I had an erection.

Luckily for us… changes were made and the photo erupted online (sorry…) with a fantastic approval rating. We were well on our way.

And that’s the story of why first photos in the costume are important / how we ALMOST became the show about the hooded vigilante with a boner.

YouTube’s 10 most profitable channels of 2014 were, um, not what I expected

1. DisneyCollector BR (Monthly Views: 379,932,270; Estimated Annual Earning: $4,860,207.60)

DisneyCollectorBR is quite possibly the most unusual channel I’ve seen. It’s just videos of women’s hands unboxing and playing with toys.

2. TaylorSwiftVEVO (341711430 views; $4,110,788.52 earnings)

Pop queen Taylor Swift is raking in some serious YouTube dough. “Blank Spaces,” which was released just a month ago, already has over 250 million views.



3. PewDiePie (323,333,040 views; $3,998,530.32 earnings)

Swedish video game commentator PewDiePie has become a Youtube case study. His satirical take on the defunct Flappy Bird game snagged 25 million views.

4. littlebabybum (270,031,260 views; $3,462,340.80 earnings)

The Little Baby Bum channel is a compilation of pastel-colored children’s nursery rhymes. A 54 minute video, starting with Wheels on the Bus, has roughly 250 million views. This is all kinds of fascinating. Kids love watching things over and over (and over) again. It appears that the ownership model of previous generations seriously undercut the amount of money that could be made. As a kid, I’d watch some movies dozens of time. But I always owned the VHS tape, so the company made a fixed amount.

5. emimusic (254,617,170 views; $3,063,044.52 earnings)

Music label giant EMI is riding high off its portfolio of artistic giants. Check out this blast from the past, MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.”

6. getmovies (225,495,870 views; $2,712,715.32 earnings)

This channel is the home of Russian children’s programming, including Masha and the Bear, a cartoon that follows in the hallowed tradition of a mischievous child and a fuzzy sidekick. An episode about porridge has over 350 million views. Who’da thunk it?

7. movieclipsTRAILERS (218,276,340 views; $2,746,876.80 earnings)

Who doesn’t love a good movie trailer? At 218 million views, very few people, evidently. This channel’s dedication to official trailers gets a whole lot of page views on the hard work of other content producers. The new Star Wars trailer alone snagged 50 million views.

8. SpinninRec (200,102,550 views; $2,516,189.52 earnings)

Have you recently popped a molly, are draped in fur, and are alone near your computer? Then this dance mix channel is for you. The electronic empire hosts music videos of household names, including Martin Garrix’s “Animals” — a video of what is basically people rhythmically licking each other behind breakdancers. It snagged a mere 440 million views.

9. WWE (189,586,350 views; $2,350,169.28 earnings)

Do you wish soap operas had more shirtless actors pile-driving one another? Then you’re probably a fan of WWE. And, judging by the page views, there are a lot of professional wrestling fans. Enjoy their most popular video below — a match of 41 people in Speedos tossing each other around a wrestling ring.

10. stampylonghead (188,905,230 views; $2,373,518.64 earnings)

Stampy is a giggly pixelated avatar that uploads daily Minecraft videos. In Stampy’s most popular video, you can watch the hero eat a virtual cake and thank one of his fans named Boo Boo Chicken. Re-read that last sentence a few times and maybe, by the 1,000th time, it’ll make sense.

To put this all in perspective, the most popular New York Times video of all time, Obama’s 2012 victory speech, got less than 10 million views. I don’t think any established publisher in their right mind could have predicted that toy unboxing and pixelated cakes would earn more than the most venerable news brands. So, it’s clear that YouTube can support content — but it’s much much different than anyone could have anticipated.

Twitter Tips: Companies to Follow During Comic-Con

Here are some of our favorite exhibitors and properties to help give the edge on giveaways and SDCC news:

@AgentsofSHIELD: Although the shadow of D23 Expo looms large over this year’s SDCC, we’re still betting on some excitement from this soon-to-be hit show at Comic-Con.

@BBCAmerica: Each year Doctor Who gets bigger at SDCC and with the additions of properties like Orphan Black and their team-up with Chris Hardwick, you can be sure they’ll be the home of some big SDCC news.

@CBSatComicCon: Don’t you love it when companies have Twitter accounts specifically for SDCC? We do, and that’s why this is one of our favorites.

@Comic_Con: Do we need to give an explanation? These are the people who bring us the event we love the most. Who doesn’t already follow @Comic_Con?

@CW_Network: We’re “all in” on some big DC announcements for this year’s SDCC, and it seems like the home of last year’s SDCC hit, Arrow is a good place to start.

@DCComics: Always rich with giveaways and panels. As we said earlier- expect lots from DC at SDCC.

@FEARnet: One of the biggest provider of screams in the US, you can be sure that this will be the home of big horror news throughout Comic-Con.

@HasbroNews: Can they top the Star Wars Death Star exclusive? Well, an Avenger Helicarrier that’s larger than most children is one way to try. We can’t wait what they have in store for this year.

@ImageComics: The third-largest comics publisher in the US, follow them for booth signings, giveaways and special events. [Thanks @HGFantomas]

@Legendary: Word on the Comic-Con street is that Legendary will have an even bigger presence than they have had in the past. Make sure to follow this account, so that you’re not surprised by any missed opportunities.

@Marvel: What is the next step for the Marvel dynasty? Follow and find out. They also announce their booth events and giveaways via Twitter throughout the con, so this one is essential.

@MattyCollector: Like Hasbro, Mattel is bringing a ton of exclusives, so follow them for updates.

@MondoNews: Mondo’s limited posters are highly sought-after, so stay on top of the drops during SDCC by following their Twitter account for announcements. [Thanks, @SDCCnerdsattack]

@MTVGeek: When MTV went to San Diego Comic-Con a few years back, there was no going back. Now, with this twitter handle as the home of all geeky info, they are one of the more comprehensive entities on the SDCC floor.

@Nerdist: Is there anyone who loves SDCC more than Chris Hardwick? Is there anyone that SDCC loves more than Chris Hardwick?

@Retro_Outlaw: Retro Outlaw is one of the best kept secrets of SDCC. If you’re a fan of Clockwork Orange, Planet of the Apes, movie monsters, Star Trek, or Star Wars, make sure to check them out.

@SDConventionCtr: Where better to get Comic-Con organizational news than the people who own the house?

@SkyboundEnt: Home of Robert Kirkman’s creator-owned projects including The Walking Dead and Thief of Thieves and Super Dinosaur. [Thanks @HGFantomas]

@Slashfilm: Peter Sciretta and crew provide the very best coverage of all things film at SDCC. Follow them for all the big Hall H announcements as they happen.

@SonyPictures: What will Sony do to match the excitement of their competing super hero empires? Follow this account to keep up on its plans.

@WarnerBlu: The home of Warner Bros. Blu-Ray is known to be a player in the SDCC market, and with all that we expect from Warner Bros. this year, they are a must follow.

@TheWBDotCom: Consistently the most audacious, and swag-heavy, of the SDCC booths, Twitter might be your only chance of ever finding the end of its infamous lines.