The DC Universe is well in its way to becoming a powerhouse on both the big and small screen. The world of television is already dominated by series like Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl and they’re about to be joined by the Arrow/Flash spinoff, DC Legends of Tomorrow in 2016. Arrow has been on the air the longest of them all and has even included a number of well-known villains from Batman’s rogues gallery.
One age-old fan question remains, though: will we ever see the big players, like Batman or Superman, guest star on a series like Arrow? That very question was posed to Arrow star Stephen Amell recently and his answer will no doubt excite fans.
Stephen Amell is the lead guest at a series of Heroes & Villains Fanfest conventions this year – and next and at a recent appearance there, he was asked if it would ever be possible to see a high-profile Batman villain, like the Joker, appear on Arrow. Amell had quite the reply (via CB):
“Well, I mean, the short answer is yes, of course. Within the DC Universe, if they are in the DC Universe, if you were to ask if Iron Man could come to Arrow, I would be like, ‘Well, no, probably not.”
The Arrow star went on to explain further:
“But of course, The Joker could come to Arrow, Batman could come to Arrow, Superman could show up on The Flash. There’s a whole myriad of options because again DC and WB have a slate of films coming up, and those films happen, and maybe Arrow’s still around when they’re done. Or maybe there’s a change and people are just like, ‘You know what, let’s invest in something that’s doing well for us.’ So you never know.”
Amell was also asked the age-old comic book fan question, who would win in a fight between his character, Green Arrow, and Batman. He replied “Me!”, but went on to elaborate:
“What do you want me to say? Well, Batman’s more experienced and his costumes cooler, and Arrow’s just a ripoff, so Batman would win for sure. No, I would win, absolutely.”
In the comic books, Green Arrow often admires Batman, and in fact feels that he himself pales in comparison. He refuses to tell Batman this in person and typically behaves passive-aggressively towards him. Green Arrow emulates what the Caped Crusader does to the extent of mimicking Batman and creating his own Arrow Cave, Arrow Car, Arrow Plane and Arrow Signal. Oliver expresses his feelings towards Batman’s arsenal in the pages of JLA 80-Page Giant #2 (1999), when he says the following in a story that takes place in the early years of the hero:
“I’d heard Batman had a car. And a plane. And a cave. So guess what? Green Arrow had a car, and a plane, and a cave. And he had about as much use for them as Greenpeace had for Big Oil.”
Little did Oliver Queen realize how much like Batman he really was, both having been raised as wealthy sons of prominent families and they both inherited the family business when their parents were tragically killed. A major fork in their two paths came in that Oliver’s parents were killed by lions while on safari in Africa and Bruce Wayne had to watch his parents gunned down in an alley before his eyes as a child. The effect on Wayne was far darker and made him bent on revenge and vigilante justice, while Queen was more light-hearted and only really became a vigilante for the sport of it.
The two characters have a rich history together and both have origins in the Golden Age of comic books, have grown and developed in similar ways at similar times throughout the decades and were often paired up for comic book series like The Brave and the Bold. The two could also be found working together in many of the cartoon series, like Justice League Unlimited, The Batman, Batman: Brave and the Bold and even the newer Batman: Unlimited features.
The Flash season 2 fall finale, ‘Running to Stand Still’, airs on The CW on December 8th, followed by the Arrow season 4 fall finale, ‘Dark Waters’, on December 9th. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premieres on The CW on Thursday, January 21st, 2016.