We finally get a Bruce Wayne mention in the CW Universe after six seasons of ‘Arrow’. Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen, says that he was shocked that the name drop actually happened. He got the okay during a DC Comics party at Comic-Con this summer.
“That was really funny, the original version of that script, which came out just before Comic-Con, was just Oliver referencing a famous name. I can’t even remember what the placeholder was, I think it might have been Justin Bieber. I looked at it and thought to myself, “This is a cool opportunity.” I talked to Greg Berlanti about it, and Greg said, “I think it would behoove you to go straight to Geoff Johns and just simply ask. You’ll probably have better luck than I would.” So I was at the DC Comics party at Comic Con, Geoff and I were supposed to meet and chat quickly. I couldn’t track him down, but the next thing I knew, I ended up in a four-way conversation with Peter Roth, Diane Nelson and Kevin Tsujihara all at the same time. I was like, “Guys! I have an idea!” I think it would be fun, I think it would open the door to a lot of possibilities.”
After five seasons and ongoing on the CW, I think it was time that Wayne entered into the conversation. As big of a character that he is in the DC Comics world, we already saw Clark Kent make multiple appearances on ‘Supergirl’ last season. I don’t think we saw the last of Kent in the CW Universe, but ever since the name drop, Amell has thought a lot about what Wayne could bring to the CW table.
“I’ve always thought that Bruce Wayne would be an interesting ally on the show, and an even more interesting villain to Oliver. Which doesn’t mean that he’s the villain, it just means that they don’t like each other. I had this holy trinity of Warner Bros. Television and DC and Warner Bros. overall in front of me, and I pitched this idea, I’ve got all my follow-up points and Kevin Tsujihara just goes, “Yeah, sure.” [I was like] “Really?” [Tsujihara] said, “Yeah, that sounds fun. Do that.” So we did it, and I didn’t actually believe that it would make it until I actually saw it in the locked cut.”
We are for sure very lucky to even get a name drop like Bruce Wayne on the CW, it just means we are going to see more superheroes come to live action television, hopefully. I would like to see the rest of the Justice League make their debut in the CW Universe. I want a teen titans type of character in Cyborg bringing a big spirit or thinking it would be wild to see Aquaman being very friendly and make light-hearted jokes and Wonder Woman just straight up slaying like Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.
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