Bruce Wayne Name-Drop in Arrow Was Very Deliberate

To what end, though?

By Robert Marrujo:: It was a pretty big deal a few weeks back when Ollie made mention of Bruce Wayne while addressing the press on Arrow. Wayne, as tends to be common knowledge amongst fans, is Batman, a character who has yet to make his way to DC's current pantheon of live-action shows based on its various comic book properties. Actor Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen/Green Arrow on the show, was adamant about making the name drop and instrumental in it coming to fruition.

Speaking to CBR, Amell stated that the original scene had a different name in place of Bruce Wayne, but that as he read it he was struck by inspiration to turn it into a reference to the Dark Knight's alter ego. The actor stated the following:

"I always thought that our iteration of Oliver Queen and the way that we built this character, obviously, has so many similarities to Bruce Wayne and Batman, and so much of the inspiration for the early parts of our show was taken from the Nolan Batmans. I’ve always thought that Bruce Wayne would be an interesting ally on the show and an even more interesting villain — to Oliver, which doesn’t mean that he’s the villain. It just means that they don’t like each other."

Amell went on to describe the circumstances at Comic-Con that led him to bring up Bruce Wayne to some DC big wigs:

"So anyway, I have this holy trinity of DC and Warner Bros. Television and Warner Bros. overall in front of me, and I pitched this idea. I’ve got all my follow-up points, and Kevin Tsujihara just goes, ‘Yeah, sure.’ I said, ‘Really?’ He said, ‘Yeah, that sounds fun. Do that.’ So we did it. I didn’t actually believe that it would make it until I actually saw it in the locked cut. But that’d be fun. That’d be really fun."

Whether or not we'll ever get to see Batman/Bruce Wayne on the small screen is anyone's guess. With the introduction of Superman on Supergirl, however, it shows that anything is possible in the small screen DC universe.

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