Arrow has always been a show that fully embraces its comic book origins, having had a fairly successful run integrating major DC characters in with its existing players. We’ve seen the Suicide Squad, Ray Palmer, and Huntress all easily transition from the comics to the CW show, residing in Starling City to help either save or destroy it.
With Neal McDonough already cast as major villain Damien Darhk for Season 4, there has been plenty of theorizing about which characters from the comics might be joining him next. It looks like there is one famous DC character we can cross off the list – for the time being at least.
According to ComicBookMovie.com, Arrow star Stephen Amell spoke at Wizard World Comic Con and discussed the unlikely chances of Bruce Wayne appearing on the show any time soon. Amell referenced DC Entertainment chief Diane Nelson as being unenthusiastic about moving forward with such a crossover, not wanting to add in unnecessary character overlap. Amell explained that bringing in Batman would be “tough” but still sounded optimistic about Arrow being able to handle the character.
“In the same way that… [Ezra Miller’s] playing the Flash in the cinematic universe – theoretically, we haven’t seen him yet – I see no reason why we couldn’t have our own Bruce Wayne. That’s my opinion; that might not be DC’s opinion, and they’re the bosses”
One crossover that successfully transitioned from social media campaign to actuality is the addition of Matt Ryan, reprising his role as Constantine for a single episode guest spot on Arrow. Amell, who was vocal about wanting Ryan on the show, spoke about filming with the Welsh actor.
“I’ve been filming scenes all week long with Matt Ryan. He is such a treat. And a trip. He’s always saying his lines – and he’s getting ready to go on Broadway right now with Keira Knightley, so he’s always saying those lines, too. I can’t tell if he’s having a conversation with me, or preparing. And sometimes I chime in, he’ll be like ‘I wasn’t talking to you, mate’.”
We don’t the know specifics of Constantine’s role yet, but we do know it will tie into the resurrection of Sara Lance as the White Canary. This will be the first time a character from a different network will appear on Arrow.
While the addition of Constantine will add a fun element of mysticism and novelty to the show, it is perhaps for the best that Ryan’s role is limited – largely for the same reason that it is better to not have Bruce Wayne appear. In a show that often feels packed with characters and plot lines, adding in more big name heroes on a recurring basis could easily overload the show, and take the focus away from what already works.
Of course we’ll have to see what develops in the DC Universe for both Batman and Constantine. For all this discussion about restraint execs could easily change their mind and add either charterer into Starling City in no time.
Arrow returns for Season 4 on Wednesday, October 7th, at 8PM on The CW; The Flash returns for Season 2 on Tuesday, October 6th, at 8PM on The CW; Legends of Tomorrow is expected to air on The CW in early 2016.