The Arrowverse is about to expand as Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) heads on over to the CW. Although the Kara Zor-El already made an impact on the CW’s run of superheroes last season, her presence on the network suggests a major event after the fall season kicks off. Merged into one place, executive producer Marc Guggenheim will have a full time job keeping track of all the different players -- especially with all the lineup changes and new characters.
However, it looks as though there’s one character that won’t be joining the Arrowverse any time soon – Green Lantern.
A recent interview with Guggenheim in CBR confirmed as much. Recently, there’s been a great deal of speculation about Patrick J. Adams’ (Suits) mystery character on Legends of Tomorrow. Some speculators felt Adams would be playing Alan Scott, Earth-2’s Green Lantern in the comics. However, Guggenheim (and the Legends of Tomorrow season 1 finale itself) debunked all the hype. He said:
“I'll tell you right now, because I never want anyone to be disappointed, he's not Alan Scott. I love Alan Scott. I've written Alan Scott in the comics. Alan Scott is also attached to the Green Lantern franchise, which DC obviously has feature plans for. In the poll of 'who it's going to be,' you can cross off Alan Scott.”
At this point, it seems the DCEU may have Alan Scott on lockdown for their forthcoming Justice League and Green Lantern Corps films. However, rumors of a TV Justice League have circulated for quite some time. In addition, subtle references to Green Lantern have been littered across the CW’s DC-based programs, including a blip on IMDB’s Legends page. Guggenheim’s words seem to dash any hope remaining that the split film and TV realms will have a joint Lantern – at least one. And the network’s now four shows certainly have enough members – from Martian Manhunter to Supergirl to Flash – to put together their own version of the League – with or without Green Lantern.
Even though Guggenheim dismisses the Adams-Alan Scott connection, he doesn’t necessarily debunk the possibility of a Green Lantern in the Arrowverse. Until more evidence mounts of a power ring coming to the small screen, though, we’ll have to enjoy the intriguing start of Adams’ character’s story arc. His character's entrance on the Legends of Tomorrow season 1 finale could even pave the way for a Green Lantern to join the CW TV universe... eventually, anyway.
Supergirl returns for season 2 in the fall on The CW. The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8pm on The CW, Arrow in the same timeslot on Wednesdays, and Legends of Tomorrow on Thursdays.