The Arrow series finale included a notable reference to the company that Vanessa Hudgens’ Powerless focused on.
The Arrowverse has always been packed with references to other DC Comics characters and shows, but the Arrow finale managed to squeeze in one last Easter egg after Marc Guggenheim couldn’t fit an a nod to Vanessa Hudgens’ Powerless into the recent crossover. During a rooftop scene with Roy Harper and Thea Queen in the Arrow finale, the words “Van Wayne” can be spotted in the background, referencing the company at the center of Vanessa Hudgens’ Powerless.
When realising they needed to cover up a billboard in the Arrow finale, Marc Guggenheim explained to ComicBook.com that after the recent crossover he was “easter egged-out” because of the approvals he has to get to fit them in. He reached out to Dan Evans at DC and he suggested using something from Vanessa Hudgens’ Powerless. Take a look at Marc Guggenheim discussing the sneaky Easter egg in the Arrow finale below.
“When we have to cover something up or have a billboard or something, we’ve conditioned the art department to recognize it as an Easter egg opportunity, And they’ll contact us and say, ‘listen, we’re putting up a billboard here. What Easter egg do you want to put in the billboard?’ And we got that phone call, and by that point I was done with ‘Crisis’ and Easter egged-out. Just in terms of the amount of approvals, and everything else I need to do in order to get these Easter eggs in. So I basically just cried ‘mercy,’ and I just called up Dan Evans at DC and said, ‘okay. Easter egg opportunity. Give me a pitch.’ Because I was just like, anything that Dan pitches, I know is by virtue of him pitching it, is already approved. I’m like, that’s great. And that was his idea. I love the show Powerless, and that was one of the shows that we couldn’t get into the crossover. So it was like, ‘great! Let’s do that.’”
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Here is the official synopsis for the series finale of Arrow:
STEPHEN AMELL SIGNS OFF AS THE GREEN ARROW; EMILY BETT RICKARDS RETURNS FOR THE SERIES FINALE OF “ARROW” – After eight seasons, and the launch of countless superheroes, the series wraps up the story of the Green Arrow (Stephen Amell). Emily Bett Rickards returns as Felicity. James Bamford directed the episode written by Marc Guggenheim & Beth Schwartz (#810). Original airdate 1/28/2020.
Arrow stars Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy, Katherine McNamara, Ben Lewis, Joseph David-Jones, LaMonica Garrett, and Katie Cassidy.