Since I started watching DCs superhero series Smallville, I was wondering, why the heck DC wouldn’t allow the showrunners or directors putting Batman or other major characters like Robin into the storyline. Even now, just in this very moment, while watching Arrow, it occurs to me, that there isn’t any human bat or the Man of Steele in sight or around. Hell, even talking about Metropolis or Gotham City seems to be forbidden. After doing some researches I found out why: Every time while the people behind the series where thinking of bringing in some of the formerly mentioned characters, the head of DC put a stop to it.
Earlier this year Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim was interviewed by the the US-magazin The Hollywood Reporter. Besides the possibilities for future events of the adventures of Oliver Queen aka The Hood aka Green Arrow, he’s still positive about a possible appearance of the Caped Crusader.
At the end of the day it’d be so awesome to have Batman on the show. That’d be really cool. I don’t think that will be happening anytime soon, but you never know…one day.
– Marc Guggenheim, The Hollywood Reporter 2015
But even if there’s no Batman in the future, Arrow had a huge amount of famous characters of the DC universe so far. The show introduced Deathstroke, Deadshoot, Black Canary and even The Flash, which is now a award winning tv show by itself. While the series Smallville was about Superman, one or maybe the most famous superhero of all time, fans still wanted to see Batman in the show, which was broadcasted between 2004 and 2011. Here DC decided against it because of the Nolan movies, which gave Bruce Waynes alter ego an enormous push.
And if you in a need to see at least Gotham City, there currently is a series broadcasted which is called Gotham, but is set years before Bruce Wayne took over the cape to become the Batman. Here the story is centered about a younger version of James Gordon and puts the focus on his trying to be a bastion of calm in a city, filled with corrupted cops, politicians and mobsters. And even while Bats intrinsically is not around, at least there is a young Bruce Wayne. And maybe, just maybe, there is the slightly chance to see Batman in Arrow. Fingers crossed!