The CW’s superhero tag team of the Flash and Arrow have already dug deep into the DC mythos, with tons of villains and classic storylines in the works — but a few corners of the comic lore still remain off limits.
Though both shows have proven solid hits for the network, the folks at Warner Bros. and DC still want to make sure there’s a certain level of separation between the small-screen properties and Zack Snyder’s Justice League films. That line is never more evident than when it comes to areas the shows would like to explore — but the studio won’t let them do it.
For example, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg recently revealed two words you definitely won’t hear uttered in the near future on either show, unless DC has a major change of heart: Gotham and Metropolis, home to the two biggest heroes in the DC pantheon, Batman and Superman:
“There are things we can do, and there are things we can’t. I'm a huge fan of Nightwing. But there are cities we can use, and then there's everything else. You won't be hearing Gotham or Metropolis on the show anytime soon.”
As Kreisberg notes, they obviously have access to Bludhaven — which has led to rampant speculation that Nightwing could eventually become a part of the Arrow-verse. They’ve been flirting closer to the Batman canon with each season, following the introduction of Ra’s al Ghul this year on Arrow. They might not have “Gotham,” but the Arrow team seems keen to take as much as they can until they get push back. Well played.
Regardless, it’s a bit disappointing that they can’t even reference the two most recognizable cities in the DC canon. Hey, if Smallville can do it, and if you can have a different Flash on TV and in the movies, then why not loosen the reins a bit here?