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Arrowverse exec says all those Justice League nods are just 'fanboy mischief'

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Dec 29, 2017, 12:12 PM EST (Updated)

The Arrowverse of DC shows on The CW is no stranger to teases and cameos, but they always keep their prodding of the fans to a good-natured low. They know their lane and, if they make any hints toward the A-list DC heroes, their audience should know they’re all just for fun. That’s at least what Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim told in an interview.

Guggenheim was questioned about appearances by members of the Justice League on any of the Arrowverse’s shows, as Green Lantern’s Hal Jordan has been name-dropped before, along with Bruce Wayne (not to mention showcasing Wonder Woman's homeland on Legends of Tomorrow). Addressing these stretching speculations, Guggenheim said, “I think in the Arrowverse we have our own Justice League."

Acknowledging that all those A-listers are “spoken for on the movie side and/or other shows,” specifically referencing Gotham’s Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), the producer was quick to shut down grandiose ideas of the leeway DC gives his shows -- even if there might be more than expected.

“Our partners at DC are very tolerant of our mischief. But that's really all it is. Just good nature, good fanboy mischief,” Guggenheim said, talking about the shows’ love of easter eggs and references.

This mischief could cause casual fans to perk up and smile when they recognize a familiar name, but for more hardcore aficionados, these were marks on a corkboard whose conspiracy led to an unlikely crossover. Alas, this fanboy mischief is just geeks geeking out, making the CW universe even richer in comic lore.