With DC beefing up its big-screen agenda with Batman vs. Superman on the way, rumors have started swirling that small-screen heroes Arrow and the soon-to-be-introduced Flash could be a part of the company's larger plan.
Now Arrow producer Greg Berlanti has opened up about those rumors, and tells Fandango that he hasn’t had any negotiations connecting his show to DC’s big-screen Man of Steel-verse. A report broke a while back saying these two small-screen heroes could be rolled into the movie-verse, but now that sounds less likely.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
“We haven't had any of those conversations other than to say, what characters are we allowed to use this year and advocate or request certain ones that are of interest to us. And every now and then, they'll say, 'You can't have that guy.' They don't say why, and we figure out why later on.
Getting to participate in any way in the story – considering how much they meant to me as a kid – is really, I just feel lucky about that all the time. And it evolves the way it's supposed to…When it comes out naturally, that's when it's best. And that's been the fate of Arrow, and I guess that's the path we'll follow.”
Honestly, it was pretty far-fetched to think Arrow could be retconned into the Man of Steel universe. Sure, Arrow is awesome — and the two do fit tonally — but there are just way too many variables to try and do that after the fact without planning it out from the get-go, a la Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
But the fact that some areas are deemed on-and-off-limits is pretty intriguing. We already know Arrow will introduce more bits of the Batman universe via the League of Assassins, and those lingering Nightwing rumors are still out there. So, if DC does give them the go-ahead to use Nightwing on TV, does that mean those big-screen Dick Grayson rumors are bunk?
All good questions, and ones we’d love to have answered. But, for now, all we can do is just be glad Arrow is awesome and pray Batman vs. Superman isn’t a trainwreck. Finger crossed.