While I definitely doubt we'll ever see a live action Batman TV series due to the mass amounts of praise that Ben Affleck's incarnation of the character is getting from the DCEU's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (who is now getting a solo film) but that doesn't mean we can't have a cameo or guest appearance in an episode of one of the CW's shows, right?
The CW has been very good at sneaking in either small or huge easter eggs that relate to the Batman Universe, some of them general fans might not get right away: first off there is the most blatant one which was shown during the first season of The Flash where a newspaper from the future shows that Queen Inc. and Wayne Tech have a merger. Now that there could simply be just an easter egg to show that Bruce Wayne/Batman exists in this world, nothing more.
In a couple more episodes of the Flash and Arrow, there have been mentions of Rupert Thorne and Daggett Industries, both are tied to the Batman universe but again, simple Easter eggs. Rupert Thorne's mafia likely stretches passed Gotham City and Daggett Industries is a big company so references to it are logical.
In the Flash episode "The Flash of Two Worlds", Eddie Slick AKA the Sand Demon was said to be in Blackgate Penitentiary at the time the particle accelerator exploded. So Joe West says he knows a colleague named Jimmy he could talk to. Okay, two Easter eggs in one scene: first there is Blackgate which is the famous prison from Gotham City and then there is this Jimmy colleague. Now this might be stretching it but this could be a reference to Commissioner Gordon: Jimmy is another name for James and his name is James Gordon. Hmm, Jimmy Gordon? Again, totally could be a stretch.
Not exactly an easter egg but a giant connection to the Batman world is the involvement of Ra's Al Ghul and the League of Assassins in the third (and weakest) season of Arrow. Now this right here features a HUGE part of Batman's world because the League of Assassins are some of the Dark Knight's greatest enemies that even he struggles to beat. Now this is where I start to think that it is more than just a reference to Batman.
In the very first episode of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, the leader of the time traveling team of superheroes Rip Hunter gives a double whammy of superhero references with this line:
"I've seen Men of Steel die and Dark Knights fall."
Okay that is a bit on the nose there: these are obvious references to both Superman AND Batman. Very interesting. Now its starting to seem a little fishy to me.
Just recently on Season 4 of Arrow, the villain Anarky was introduced: a less known Batman villain who recently got a chance to shine in WB Games Montreal's Batman: Arkham Origins JUST before he is put on Arrow. Okay, he's a b-list villain. How about an A-lister and a fan favorite?
The Jester lackey of the Clown Prince of Crime had a full on cameo in Season 2 of Arrow. Now they don't say her name nor do they even show her face...but they are at A.R.G.U.S. and she calls herself a psychiatrist AND she was voiced by the lovely Tara Strong. Oh yeah, it's Harley Quinn. Plus throughout seasons 1-3 of Arrow, we have had recurring appearances of Floyd Lawton AKA Deadshot yet another of Batman's villains to appear on this show.
I could go on and on with references such as the Flash signal which Cisco got the inspiration from "somewhere", Gideon's mentioning of the Flash as the founding member of *cut off*, the wall in the Central City Police Department clearly being a reference to the Justice League, and just recently Ace Chemicals being in an episode of the Flash but the next big one I have to talk about is just too much to be a simple reference.
Throughout Season 4 of Arrow, there was a running gag of fan favorite Felicity Smoak trying to find a codename for herself. Now this had me nervous because she is already the tech support/hacker of the group just like Barbara Gordon is for the Bat-Family and then they had her paralyzed thanks to a gun shot wound. I was so prepared to be furious at the showrunners if they dared to call her Oracle...but they threw a curveball and surprised me. Green Arrow instead calls her Overwatch then says,
"Well I was going to go with Oracle but it was taken."
So not only are they acknowledging the existence of Oracle and Batman but are they hinting at the idea that Green Arrow has encountered the Bat-Family in the past? How would he know that Oracle was taken? When did they possibly meet? How did they possible meet? I have so many questions about this but the main one I want to ask is this:
Is the CW slowly building up to the appearance of Batman or are these all just references and we will never see the Caped Crusader and the Emerald Archer team up and become the good friends that they are in many animated shows and comics? I have no idea but I think they are going about it in a very smart way if the first happens to be the case. Again, I don't think there will be a Batman TV series but they could surprise us in Arrow Season 5 or the Flash Season 3 or both by having a one to three part special of Batman appearing to assist the heroes with a case or maybe even fight just for fan service or for all I know, Batman will appear for like thirty seconds. Even the showrunners themselves have stated that they do want to bring in Batman at some point.
What do you all think? Yay or nay? Will we see Batman in the DCCW universe or will we just keep getting more references? If you do think we're going to see Batman then who do YOU want to see play the World's Greatest Detective? If you've followed my articles for some time now, you'll know that my choice will always be Sam Witwer but I want to know your fancast! Let me know in the comments down below or even write your own post about it!