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Batman Will Not Appear On 'Arrow'

If you were looking forward to seeing Batman on 'Arrow,' think again.

If you've been keeping up with the CW's 'Arrow' then you have likely seen the slew of DC character appearances since the show first launched on October 10th, 2012. In addition to faces we've already seen like Deadshot, Deathstroke and the Huntress there are plenty more characters we've seen in the comics that have already been confirmed for the show (Roy Harper, for example).


And as nice as it is to know there are plenty of new faces we can expect to catch on 'Arrow,' there are some we won't be seeing; namely, Batman and Wonder Woman. In a recent interview, CW President Mark Pedowitz revealed that the 'Caped Crusader' won't be making his way to the small screen in a CW series, nor will he be making his way to Starling City.

[In regards to a CW Batman television adaptation] At this time, no. And regarding your next question, regarding is Batman going to make a trip to [Arrow’s] Starling City, they’re not in the same state.

We thought that was a clever way of indicating that these two characters, although they may live in the same cinematic universe, won't be interacting on the small screen. In regards to the Wonder Woman series that has been rumored, both she and Arrow can exist in the same universe, but that doesn't mean they will interact. The producer also confirmed that with the right script and casting choice for Diana, this show will at the very least see a pilot.

If we get the right script and the right casting, we’ll go right forward to pilot.

There is the question of what this means for the rumored Justice League movie. If Diana will appear on the small screen, will her character be incorporated into a big screen production? What do you think of the news? Do you think Batman should have his own CW live-action series, or do you think he should remain off limits? Do you hope to see a Wonder Woman CW series in the future, and if so, who would you cast for the role of Diana? And should she and Arrow interact?

Source: IGN

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Posted By The Stegman
Makes sense to me. It's the same  reason he didn't appear on Smallville, he's too popular, he would have overshadowed Clark.
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Posted By Mucklefluga

I never thought we'd see Batman in this show under these current conditions and now it's been confirmed.

They should just let Adam West be Batman again. That'd rake in a load of money.

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Posted By Luzhell

I'm not really surprised. If Batman didn't make any appearances in Smallville (one of the few that didn't show in that series) is less likely that he would show a a guest character in the show of his less-awesome copycat.

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Posted By Gambit1024


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Posted By ALFMutant

There is nothing here to officially confirm he will not appear in the next seasons of Arrow. ''At this time'' means not right now but maybe in season 5 or so.

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Posted By SoA

@Luzhell: @The Stegman: he has appeared in the smallville season 11 comic , i haven't read much since his appearance though

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Posted By darkwingdan

I'm not at all surprised by this. A better question would have been, "Can we expect to see members of the Batman Family on Arrow?" Not only does that include Bruce, but also Dick, Barbara, Jason, Tim, Steph, Cass and Damian. I am holding out hope to see one of those characters make an appearance.

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Posted By creole

Batman didn't be on smallville or birds of prey. oh la la bad romance?

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Posted By darkwingdan

@creole: actually, he did have a very brief appearance on Birds of Prey via flashback.

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Posted By StMichalofWilson

I don't know why they keep preventing him from making a cameo. It doesn't seem fair.

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Posted By The Stegman
@SoA said:

@Luzhell: @The Stegman: he has appeared in the smallville season 11 comic , i haven't read much since his appearance though

Well, I was speaking purely on the show, the writers didn't want Batman to be on, because he would outshine Clark, same went for WW. I expected him to be in the comic though.
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Posted By JamesKM716

I'd like to keep WW and Arrow as part of the DC Cinematic Universe personally.

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Posted By Press Oblivion

Aren't there enough casting threads for Wonder Woman already? If she isn't in the Justice League Movie, I won't go see it. If any of the 6 members aare missing from this film I will not go see it. What's with these questions at the end of the article. . . .

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Posted By haydenclaireheroes

I had a feeling they would say no to Batman

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Posted By MadeinBangladesh

@JamesKM716 said:

I'd like to keep WW and Arrow as part of the DC Cinematic Universe personally.


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Posted By Green_Tea_Light

Don't worry, after Arrow is through with it's ten season run, and has moved onto it's comicbook exclusive Season 11 Batman will turn up within the first few issues... oh wait

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Posted By Catsnlynne

Good. Arrow doesn't need Batman or Wonder Woman to be on the show. There's enough Batman shoved at us already.
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Posted By Nightwing28710

How about Nightwing?

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Posted By pspin

It seems like DC is trying to build familiarity for mainstream audiences with TV shows instead of movies like Marvel does. That is a risky strategy but Smallville was pretty good and so is Arrow, even if they aren't all that close to the comics.

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Posted By batshrine

I'm sorry imo thats crap, if your going to use a lot of his supporting cast, then at least have a cameo appearence. And as far as him not showing up on Smallville, there was a bat embargo going on due to the movies. So that was justified, this is not. I say we get to see Batman at least once, or take away EVERY bat character in the show. And see how well it does...

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Posted By danhimself

well considering that this version of Green Arrow is just Batman with arrows it would be kind of redundant to have him appear

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Posted By Mezmero

Nana-nana-nana-nana Batman!

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Posted By daredevil21134

Good.he dosen't need to be a part of everything

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Posted By daredevil21134

@Catsnlynne said:

Good. Arrow doesn't need Batman or Wonder Woman to be on the show. There's enough Batman shoved at us already.


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Posted By Helsink

I've watched the show weekly (up to now)

It wouldn't make sense to throw Batman in. They've been trying to keep the characters they introduce as "real" as they can, with realistic back-stories and what-not, but I find that they tend to re-write them to fit the show. Which is great! It add a new/fresh twist to characters like Huntress or Deathstroke. I can't imagine them doing the same for Batman. There wouldn't be enough maneuvering room for the writers.

I don't think it should be shocking OR disappointing that they aren't going to be interacting with Diana or Bruce. Sticking to smaller characters works with the way the show runs.

No complaints from me in regards to this "announcement".

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Posted By fables87

I'm glad Batman won't appear in Arrow. Him and Superman are in everything. Give other heroes a chance DC!

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Posted By Smart_Dork_Dude

All they said was they're not in the same state. So? Bats has numerous ways to get around and could even just show up as Bruce Wayne for an episode and have Oliver get help from a mysterious caped figure. Not really show Batman, but make him a lot more stealthy and working more in the shadows so you don't really see him. That'd be awesome.

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Posted By jwalser3

Thank god! I'd much rather have heroes people don't know about appear on the show. Kinda like Huntress, and DeadShot.

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Posted By nappystr8

I thought this was a no brainer that Batman would never show up on Arrow. If DC didn't want to sully Batman's reputation by having him show up opposite Superman on Smallville, why on earth would they throw him into a show about Green Arrow.

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Posted By BR_Havoc

They could just give a shout out to Wayne Enterprises in an episode and I bet many will be satisfied with that.

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Posted By Trevel8182

Why not there already stealing all of his supporting characters.

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Posted By SandMan_

Clark Kent...?

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Posted By Cavemold

thats good

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Posted By TheCannon

Thank God.

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Posted By Urban_Ronin

No Batman doesn't necessarily mean no Bruce Wayne....I know I know, semantics :P

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Posted By Wonderbrezzy

is it good? i boycottin it, coz they didnt use smallville arrow

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Posted By blueninjapanther

I just wanna see Batman or Bruce Wayne as a cameo appearance like maybe a party full of rich people and you see Bruce Wayne just introducing himself to Oliver.

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Posted By Omega-Man

I'm happy if they don't bring any main DC heroes into the Arrow TV show the reason is they would out shine the show's main character I mean come on. Batman would thrash anything Green arrow has or done. Same with Wonder Woman or Superman or The Flash or Green lantern no offense to Arrow fans but he is a b to c list hero and always will be even Nightwing is bigger than Green Arrow and would out shine GA. So I say leave Arrow with his C and d list crowd of characters.

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@Gambit1024 said:



Bat's has always got to be in everything about other characters because he obviously doesn't have his own stonking franchise that gets stuffed down our throats every two seconds. Bloody Batman. Bloody Batman fanboys.

On a cheerier note, I would like to see maybe a small amount of Martian Manhunter in Arrow, he could come in as his human police officer role then shape-change as a crazy cliff-hanger ending to one of the episodes. This would make me a very happy girl XD

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Posted By geoff2005

I don't get why people think that if batsman shows up for 1 episode CW will have to change the show to "Gotham" one episode of batsman isn't going to do anything but make the show arrow more popular

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Posted By Spideycap

Still doesnt mean someone else in the Bat family couldnt appear. I personally think a version of Red Robin would work really well on this show.

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Posted By OldOldLogan

I don’t understand why DC is always so afraid to but batman on our TV screens. I mean we did see him

very briefly in Birds of Prey, but not in Smallville where it would have made most

sense. Bludhaven has been made referenced to in Arrow so I still have hopes for

a Nightwing appearance.

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Posted By Vitalius

I think the show needs more Team Arrow ´s characters than Batfamily anyway.

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Posted By RedOwl_1

I actually glad Batman isn't involved with Arrow.... Nightwing otherwise I would love to see :D

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@Smart_Dork_Dude: that's good idea

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Posted By Yung ANcient One

Stop The Presses MAN! Bat for Brains won't be on Arrow... What Hog Wash! Nay I say Here Ye Here Ye this is Blasphemy :p


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Posted By Lady_Shadow

Batman should be off limits. Especially when it comes to the CW. Arrow is a good show but they've been executing some of the characters rather dryly. Ex. The Royal Flush Gang was lame and he killed Deadshot in like two seconds. I don't think they're confident enough to pull off Batman yet. Maybe some of the other bat family members. Preferably one of the Robins.

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Posted By RedheadedAtrocitus

I can see why Bats won't be a part of it but still, kinda sucks regardless. Show needs a massive pick-me-up anyway if you ask me and including Bruce or Bats would be good for it...either that or more Deathstroke airtime.

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Posted By thebluedragon07

They should at least have some member for the Batman family at least make an appearance, like Nightwing, or Red Hood maybe.

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Posted By SevanGrim

They have already made Arrow too similar to Batman. It wouldnt work without absolutely making Arrow look like a Batman rip off in viewers eyes.

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