It’s official: Batman exists in the CW’s ArrowVerse. Or at least Bruce Wayne does.
It may have taken six seasons for Arrow or one of its spin-offs to directly tease that the Dark Knight is operating in Gotham, but it finally happens in Thursday night’s episode ‘Tribute’.
In the preview clip below, Mayor Oliver Queen calls a press conference in an attempt to convince Star City’s reporter that a leaked photo showing him in the Green Arrow’s costume is actually a fake.
“Photos can be doctored. They could have put Bruce Wayne’s head on that body,” Olly snickers. “Has Bruce Wayne left Gotham to hang out in Star City recently? No!”
He continued: “Now, if I was running around the city during the day and managing it as mayor, while running around at night frightening criminals, that really would make me a superhero! But I’m not. I’m just the mayor.”
In the past, the ArrowVerse has always danced around the existence of Bruce Wayne — although there have been several cryptic nods, as you can see in the video below:
However, the emergence of DC Films and its interconnected Justice League movies had previously always seemed like a roadblock against Batman appearing in Arrow.
“We’ve heard the fans and we’re very well aware that they would like to see Nightwing and various other Bat-characters on the show,” producers Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim said back in 2013.
“[But] that is a little bit out of our control, [and] I think [that movie] announcement made it a lot more out of our control!”
Keep in mind also that Batman prequel series Gotham is not at all connected to Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl or Legends of Tomorrow in terms of continuity.
In more recent years, DC Films has loosened up by allowing Arrow to bring back Batman villain Deathstroke. ArrowVerse producer Greg Berlanti is also working on a Teen Titans live-action show that will prominently feature Bruce Wayne’s ward Dick Grayson (aka Robin/Nightwing).
Will it be long before the Green Arrow finally comes face-to-face with his Gotham City equivalent, The Batman?
Arrow airs on Thursdays at 9pm ET on The CW in the US. Sky One airs the show in the UK.
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