ARROW: Even With That Name Drop, Fans Shouldn't Expect An Appearance From BATMAN

ARROW: Even With That Name Drop, Fans Shouldn't Expect An Appearance From BATMAN

A few months ago, Oliver Queen's quick mention of Bruce Wayne in an episode of Arrow made some wonder if Batman could ever appear on the CW, but Marc Guggenheim has cautioned that it was all in good fun.

The rights to certain characters are always a tricky game for the CW; appearances from some fan-favorites on their superhero programs are always on and off the table due to decisions from the top brass at DC, most recently witnessed last week in relation to Deathstroke. While an appearance from Batman seems highly unlikely, the network hasn't been shy in dropping a few hints about the Dark Knight.

Most recently, Arrow's sixth season made a direct reference with Oliver Queen mentioning Bruce Wayne by name in a press conference, drumming up some possibility amongst fans that we could at least get an appearance from Batman in his civilian identity. Even Gotham star David Mazouz had his own ideas to bring his version of Wayne to the Arrowverse. However, Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim has cautioned that the shows are just having a bit of fun with their references.

"No, I love a good Easter egg, and I love doing the occasional name drop," Guggenheim told ComicBook. "You know, we name dropped Hal Jordan at the beginning of Season 3, but it's really just fun for us. I think in the Arrowverse we have our own Justice League and the Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Batman ... these are all characters that are either spoken for on the movie side and/or other shows. There's a Bruce Wayne on Gotham."

"Over here on the CW, we're sort of a mischievous lot, and we enjoy the occasional Easter egg," Guggenheim said. "And our partners at DC are very tolerant of our mischief. But that's really all it is. Just good nature, good fanboy mischief."

Of course, you can never really say never, seeing as the network was able to get permission for Superman to appear. But for now, it seems that an appearance from the Caped Crusader is not in the cards.
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