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There’s Been No Talk About Tying ‘Arrow’ Into DC Movies, Greg Berlanti Says

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Between Metropolis and Gotham, is there any room in Warner Bros.’ big-screen map for Starling City?

It’s a growing question among fans of The CW’s Arrow, who wonder whether the hit drama’s hooded hero will play into the DC Comics cinematic universe as presented in films like Man of Steel and the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman. After all, Marvel has connected Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to its feature films, so can we expect Warner Bros. to follow suit?

“We haven’t had any of those conversations other than to say, what characters are we allowed to use this year and advocate or request certain ones that are of interest to us,” Arrow Executive Producer Greg Berlanti told Fandago. “And every now and then, they’ll say, ‘You can’t have that guy.’ They don’t say why, and we figure out why later on.”

Berlanti didn’t get into specifics about characters or whether there are any plans for Steven Amell’s Hood or Grant Gustin’s Flash to make the jump to the big screen to round out a Justice League.

“Getting to participate in any way in the story – considering how much they meant to me as a kid – is really, I just feel lucky about that all the time,” he said. “And it evolves the way it’s supposed to. When it comes out naturally, that’s when it’s best. And that’s been the fate of Arrow, and I guess that’s the path we’ll follow.”

Arrow has been building a pretty solid universe of characters based on various characters from DC’s comics library. This season branched out with mentions of characters like Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins, which appeared in Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. Meanwhile, the recently announced appearance of Nyssa al Ghul on Arrow has many wondering if her use is meant to fit in with Marion Cotillard’s role as Talia al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises.

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.


  • George Mitchell

    They should be having that discussion.

  • Timothy Van Bruggen

    This is unfortunate . . . DC/Warner Bros. is missing a great opportunity to build a cohesive live action world that can rival Marvel’s movie success by starting/including the success and great casting of ARROW into their future live action movie/tv plans.

  • marv13

    My take would be that Arrow would run at least another 4 years and then adapt the Supermax script ( to fit the continuity, maybe have Summer Glau character as the one that betray and framed Oliver Queen, leading to his incarceration in the SuperMax prison. After that, have Green Arrow play a bigger role in the DC Cinematic Universe as part of the Justice League

  • Jelbright

    Why would they have to ask to use characters if they are not linked? I think the denial (if that is one) is proof positive that they ARE linked.

  • fearlubu

    Well we still have a couple more years before Superman vs Batman. I don’t expect to see them in it, but I do for Justice League. Of course, JL is a while from now. Everyone, just calm down. By 2015 Arrow and Flash (and WW, maybe?) would have already been established pretty well.

    Again, everyone calm down.

  • Laura

    Remember DC is not Marvel, they can do anything they like. Personally I would want to see a different version of Green Arrow on big screen!

  • Joshua Epstein

    One correction: The League referenced in the Nolan films was the League of Shadows, not the League of Assassins.

  • todd

    It would be cool if Arrow fit into the DC cinematic universe, but if it doesn’t then that is fine. Superman returns came out while Smallville was airing and that caused no problems. If there was no writers strike then Justin Hartley would be playing Aquaman and Green Arrow probably. Also if it wasn’t for the writers strike that original Justice League movie would have probably happened that would have had different actors then Smallville, Mercy Reef, and the Nolan Batman movies. Like others have said DC is not Marvel so if they want to do things differently then let them.

  • SlamAdams

    As much as I am enjoying the show, the characters are not exactly the way I would want them to be, especially Canary, so I am happy to think they’ll have another bite at the apple come movie time.

  • Green Lantern

    Exactly. Considering they don’t have the time to build up a foundation like the Marvel movies did with Hulk, Iron Man, et al, they should take advantage of the opportunities they DO have, such as “Arrow”.

  • Abdallah Hamidavi

    Honestly, I think he’s lying to keep the surprise. Arrow had such a strong “no powers” stance during the first season and suddenly were getting Ra’s Al Ghul and the Lazerus Pit, The Flash, Amazo, Deathstroke getting his powers, etc. I honestly don’t think they’d make that sort of jump unless there’s something going in.