Now that we are halfway through the two-part crossover between The Flash and Arrow (with the second half airing tonight! Squeee!), I know I'm not the only one imagining the possibilities for a truly connected DC TV-verse. In fact, Stephen Amell recently spoke out in an interview with IGN about his desire to appear along the way in Gotham or Constantine.
I know the logistics are challenging and the politics are above my pay grade, but in the interest of putting the best product forth for the fans, I don’t think we should limit ourselves to Flash and Arrow crossing over because we’re both on the CW. If you’re owned by Warner Bros., or if you’re just in the DC Universe, everything should be in play.
I love the way he thinks! Like the many fans who really don't care which studio owns which character, and are still hoping for the day when Spider-Man and Wolverine can join the Avengers. Amell understands that it should come down to comics, not copyright. Ideally, it's not about the politics, but the product, and I feel like that is where everyone should be focusing.
So which of the existing DC shows might the Arrow crossover with, should Amell get his way?
Constantine could be a possibility, however, with the current ratings and the decision to have a short first season, it's possible that this new show won't be around long enough to develop a crossover arc. Of course, the show has not been cancelled yet, so let's not rule it out. Another issue here is that there isn't an organic a connection between Oliver Queen and John Constantine. It wouldn't be impossible to manufacture one, but it would take some creative plotlines to make it happen. That said, if a crossover did take place, it could go a long way to boosting the success of this show. Having a successful show like Arrow bringing attention to Constantine could get them some more much-needed viewers.
Then we have Gotham. Currently much better received than Constantine, it's doubtful that Fox is going to pull the plug on this one at the end of the first season (then again, it's Fox, and I'm still bitter about Firefly).
Green Arrow has a lot of history with Gotham and (obviously) Batman, which would make it a relatively simple matter to combine not only the title characters, but villains and sidekicks as well. Ra's Al-ghul and the League have already featured heavily in Arrow, which just feels like a crossover waiting to happen.
There is, however, one minor problem. Gotham, right now, has Bruce Wayne as a young boy, and the rest of the villains anywhere from childhood to their mid-twenties. As fantastic as it would be to see Oliver in the Gotham setting, how would it work? The Arrow visits Gotham....to babysit Batman?
The only way that I can see it happening is if there is a three-way crossover with the Flash; we know that time travel forms a big part of the world of the Flash already, so perhaps this could be used to account for the difference. Arrow travels back in time to teach Batman archery, perhaps? Now THAT I would love to see (not only because Bruce Wayne irks me a little, and I would love to see him shot in the back...).
Of course, this is all speculation, and as Amell points out, the politics are problematic. The Flash and Arrow, being on the same network, have no issues crossing over, but Gotham (on Fox) and Constantine (on NBC) are essentially in competition with the CW shows. If Marvel/Disney and Fox are any indication, we know that studios (and by extension, networks) missed the lesson on sharing in Kindergarten.
Never fear, there is still one show available for Ollie to play with: the upcoming Supergirl! Currently "in development," if Kara does end up gracing our screens, this is another character who has clear connections with the Justice League and Arrow storylines, who would be in the correct time (presumably), and who would be on CBS - a studio that owns much of the CW.
Can't you just imagine the meeting between Kara and Felicity? Ooooh, it gives me nerd-tingles!