Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim has confirmed the hit CW DC Comics-based series will not feature any future appearances from characters featured in the heroic line-up of Justice League.
Earlier this year, the series featured an easter egg in the form of a huge name drop when Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) confirmed the existence of the Dark Knight within the Arrowverse while rejecting the possibility of himself being the Star City vigilante. Oliver teased that anyone’s head could have been doctored onto the body of the Green Arrow in the photo that appeared on Channel 52 News, including Bruce Wayne‘s.
But it was only an easter egg, Guggenheim confirmed to Comicbook.com when he made it clear the series has no plans to introduce any of these characters into the series:
“No, I love a good Easter egg, and I love doing the occasional name drop. You know, we name-dropped Hal Jordan at the beginning of Season 3, but it’s really just fun for us. I think in the Arrowverse we have our own Justice League and the Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Batman … these are all characters that are either spoken for on the movie side and/or other shows. There’s a Bruce Wayne on Gotham.”
Guggenheim added that the inclusion of these easter eggs are simply because the minds behind the series are fanboys themselves:
“Over here on the CW, we’re sort of a mischievous lot, and we enjoy the occasional Easter egg. And our partners at DC are very tolerant of our mischief. But that’s really all it is. Just good nature, good fanboy mischief.”
Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance, Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake, Rick Gonzalez as Rene Ramirez, Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt and Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance. Here’s the official synopsis for the midseason premiere entitled “Divided”:
Despite losing half his team, Oliver remains confident that he, Felicity and Diggle can stop Cayden James and Black Siren However, when he discovers one of Cayden’s secrets, he decides to team up with an unlikely ally. Meanwhile, Dinah spends time with Vince.
Arrow returns January 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.