The story behind Arrow name-dropping Bruce Wayne — and how Stephen Amell made it happen

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Mar 26, 2021, 4:00 PM EDT (Updated)

When Mayor Oliver Queen told a gaggle of inquisitive reporters that he’s nobody special — not the Green Arrow, and certainly not Bruce Wayne — he wasn’t just pulling names out of a hat.

Thanks to some fresh insight from Arrow’s Stephen Amell, who plays Queen on The CW series, we now know the decision to toss that fateful Batman reference into the Arrowverse’s mix of possibilities originated with Amell himself — and that he got the blessing of none other than DC Comics President Geoff Johns to drop the easter egg.

Via a new report today from Comicbook, we’ve gotten a little backstory behind the decision to confirm Bruce Wayne’s existence in Arrow’s world.

Earlier this summer at Comic Con, said Amell, “Geoff and I were supposed to meet and chat quickly. I couldn't track him down, but the next thing I knew, I ended up in a four-way conversation with Peter Roth, Diane Nelson, and Kevin Tsujihara all at the same time. I was like, 'Guys! I have an idea. I think it would be fun, I think it would open the door to a lot of possibilities.’"

The Batman easter egg dropped back on Oct. 19, when the mayor denied having a super-heroic alter-ego by telling reporters: "First, I am not the Green Arrow. Number two, photos can be doctored. They could've put Bruce Wayne's head on that body.”


That little reference even set off a cross-property skirmish that saw Fox’s Gotham toss its own retorting salvo:

Good-natured network rivalry aside, Amell said it’s still too early to tell whether Batman — in any incarnation — would ever make an appearance on Arrow, but admitted Bruce Wayne “would be an interesting ally on the show, and an even more interesting villain to Oliver.”

Now that is something pretty much every fan would likely love to see.