Much like Hannibal from The A-Team, we here at Moviepilot love it when a plan comes together. Most of all, we love it when a superhero-related one, preferably featuring grand, multi-platform crossovers, comes together. So, when we came across a recent MTV interview with Gotham producer Danny Cannon, in which he discusses the mooted crossover between Arrow and Gotham, we were briefly filled with wide-eyed enthusiasm.
And then, he only went and broke our hearts.
Y'see, that whole DC television universe crossover dealio that seemed to already be happening, what with the addition of Arrow's Queen Consolidated's logo in Gotham?
As it turns out, it's very much not happening. And, what's more, it never was.
As Cannon puts it:
“I gotta tell you, it was completely unintentional...Somebody spotted it in the cutting room, but we move so fast, we were like, ‘that’s cool, leave it in! don’t talk about it!’ We were stealing – the visual effects guys were stealing neon letters from other places, and that was one that worked. But it was unintentional.”
What's more, that whole seeming crossover involving The Dollmaker, who seemed to have appeared on both shows? Well, Arrow's Marc Guggenheim had this to say about it:
“Well I think that is very clearly an example of not a crossover...because that was a completely different take on the Dollmaker character from the comics than we had last year. So that was a completely separate occurrence.”
Now, we may beg to differ (the two portrayals of the Dollmaker may have been very different, but not so much so that they couldn't easily be considered to be a part of the same universe, especially if the Arrow version was the son of Gotham's villain) but, let's be honest, crossover denials don't come much stronger than senior figures from both series' outright refuting the idea - so it looks as though our dreams of a unified DC television universe might well have gone up in smoke.
Unless, of course, that's just what they want us to think...
After all, if the two shows are planning a continued, interlocking set of references, then that'd be pretty solidly undermined by us all knowing that they're coming.
Could these new denials actually be hiding something, coming soon, that we should be looking out for - and could the studio rejection of the previous ones simply be a reaction to all you keen-eyed observers out there spotting more links than you were meant to?
It's a long shot - but we're not going to give up on believing now. The [Arrow](series:720988)/[Gotham](series:1127075) crossover could still happen!
What do you guys think? Could a DC TV crossover still happen?