Arrow referenced Bruce Wayne earlier this year, in the second episode of Arrow Season 6 — and of course, that got fans wondering if we might actually see the Bat-costume-wearing billionaire in the Arrowverse at one point.
Arrow Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim, however, says that was merely just an “Easter egg.”
“No, I love a good Easter egg, and I love doing the occasional name drop,” Guggenheim told the ComicBook.com website in a recently-posted interview. “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,” he continued.
(One might have also caught a reference to Themyscira, the home of Wonder Woman, in the DC’s Legends of Tomorrow episode “Helen Hunt.”)
“Over here on the CW, we’re sort of a mischievous lot, and we enjoy the occasional Easter egg,” Guggenheim also said. “And our partners at DC are very tolerant of our mischief. But that’s really all it is. Just good natured, good fanboy mischief.”
So, no Batman anytime soon… though we can see Stephen Amell’s hopes for such things in the video interview below:
“I’ve always thought that our iteration of Oliver Queen and the way that we built this character, obviously, has so many similarities to Bruce and Wayne and Batman, and so much of the inspiration for the early parts of our show was taken from the Nolan Batmans,” Stephen said.
“I’ve always thought that Bruce Wayne would be an interesting ally on the show and an even more interesting villain – to Oliver, which doesn’t mean that he’s the villain. It just means that they don’t like each other. So anyway, I have this holy trinity of DC and Warner Bros. Television and Warner Bros. overall in front of me, and I pitched this idea. I’ve got all my follow-up points, and Kevin Tsujihara just goes, ‘yeah, sure.’ I said, ‘Really?’ He said, ‘Yeah, that sounds fun. Do that.’ So we did it. I didn’t actually believe that it would make it until I actually saw it in the locked cut. But that’d be fun,” Stephen continued.
Arrow returns with new episodes — and sadly, no Batman — January 18 on The CW.