The CW DC shows are enjoyable for many reasons — their lighthearted take on beloved characters, the tongue-in-cheek references, and the revolving door of comic book cameos. We're always searching for ways to connect Arrow, The Flash, and the other shows with the wider DC universe, and each new character brings new possibilities.
Such is the case of Talia Al-Ghul, whom Lexia Doig will be portraying as a recurring character on Arrow. The daughter of Ra's Al-Ghul, Talia is best known among comics fans as the long term love interest/antagonist of Batman — and the mother of his child, Damian Wayne.
Whether Batman exists in The CW's DC multiverse is a matter of much debate, and there have been multiple hints that he is out there somewhere. So could Talia's arrival finally confirm this theory?
A Dark Knight May Fall
It's no secret that the Arrow writers would love to play in the Batman sandbox — executive producer Marc Guggenheim said as much a year ago, when talking to Cinemablend:
"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."
So it shouldn't come as a surprise that Easter Eggs hinting towards Bruce Wayne's existence in this multiverse have been hidden throughout the shows. In the very first episode of Legends of Tomorrow, Rip Hunter mentions the fall of a Dark Knight:
The Flash established early on in Season 1 that the future held big things for Oliver Queen, as a newspaper from 2024 featured a story about a "Wayne Tech/Queen Inc merger". This means that not only does Bruce Wayne exist, he will someday have a working relationship with Oliver Queen.
And although it's set in a different universe, Supergirl recently nodded to Batman's home city, as a family commented that they were "moving back to Gotham" after attacks in National City.
Yet, Talia Al-Ghul's arrival on Arrow probably has nothing to do with the ever elusive Arrowverse Batman. Arrow has already re-purposed the Al-Ghuls from Batman antagonists to be part of Green Arrow's story — and Talia even appeared in Season 1 of Legends of Tomorrow as part of Sara's development arc.
It seems most likely that Talia's involvement in Arrow Season 5 will be tied up in Oliver's attempts to protect Star City while juggling his new role as mayor. Doubtless, the arrival of a prominent member of the League of Assassins will just throw more gas on the fire.
And if she's connected to any other character's appearance, it might be that Talia is headed for a reunion with her sister, Nyssa, who hasn't appeared on Arrow since early last season. Exec Andrew Kreisberg hinted as much when asked about Talia's appearance in an interview with Comicbook.com last year:
"If we ever think of a reason to have a Talia or whatever incarnation we decide to do, it would be in service of furthering [Nyssa's] story."
So far, there's been no word of whether Nyssa will return to Arrow, and no hint of what Talia's arrival could mean. But should the showrunners ever actually get permission to use Batman in Arrow — which doesn't seem as far fetched now that Supergirl Season 2 got its very own Superman — there's definitely an established route to introduce him.
We know he exists, and will eventually merge his company with Oliver's, and in true Arrowverse tradition, it seems like that that Talia's appearance on Arrow Season 5 will provide us with plenty more clues about just how Batman fits into this multiverse — even if they're just cheeky Easter Eggs.