How that Batman vs. Superman movie just messed up Arrow's crossover plans

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Jul 25, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

The team behind The CW’s hit series Arrow have been weaving as much of the DC universe as they can into the comic-based show, but it sounds like DC's new big-screen plans might’ve just derailed phase two before it even gets started.

The series, based on the Green Arrow comics, has featured a fair share of DC villains and characters from around the canon — but the “Holy Grail” has always been the Batman stuff, specifically the character Nightwing.

So what does the big-screen teamup Batman vs. Superman mean for those hopes? Apparently very bad things, because it will probably mean the entire Batman mythos will remain off limits for good.

Here’s what producers Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim had to say:

"We've heard the fans and we're very well aware that they would like to see Nightwing and various other Bat-characters on the show. [But] that is a little bit out of our control, [and] I think [that movie] announcement made it a lot more out of our control! ... We're like fanboys and it's wish fulfillment for us every time we put a new DC character on the table.”

So, sorry, Arrow fans, it looks like we’ll have to stick to the Green Arrow canon for the time being, with a few DC morsels sprinkled in where they can. Which characters do you most want to see pop up in Starling City?

(Via Digital Spy)