How Stephen Amell Got Permission To Name Drop Bruce Wayne On Arrow


“Arrow” season 6 has featured a much more confident Oliver Queen so far, and that confidence has come in handy. In the season premiere, Oliver was seemingly outed as the Green Arrow when a picture of the Emerald Archer unmasked was leaked to the press, but he managed to brush the accusations aside and move on.

During a press conference the mayor of Star City told the press that the picture could have been faked, and during his speech he name dropped one of DC’s most iconic characters when he mentioned Bruce Wayne.

Fans have been hoping to see Batman appear in the “Arrowverse” for years, but Warner Bros. has notoriously put restrictions on the CW’s TV shows due the fact that they want to keep the film and TV universes separate.

However, “Arrow” is clearly a show that’s been influenced by Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and was on hand during a recent “Arrow” set visit where Amell acknowledged the influence of Nolan’s trilogy. Amell also noted that he understands the parallels that fans see between Bruce Wayne and the TV version of Oliver Queen, and said that he’s thought about the possibility of Wayne appearing on the show.

According to Amell, the original version of the script simply had Oliver name dropping a famous person, and he saw an opportunity.

After pitching the idea to Greg Berlanti, Greg told Amell to bring the idea straight to Geoff Johns. However, Amell couldn’t track Johns down at the DC Comics Comic Con party, and instead he ended up in the company of┬áPeter Roth, Diane Nelson, and Kevin Tsujihara.

“I’ve always thought that Bruce Wayne would be an interesting ally on the show, and an even more interesting villain to Oliver,” Amell said. “Which doesn’t mean that he’s the villain, it just means that they don’t like each other. I had this holy trinity of Warner Bros. Television and DC and Warner Bros. overall in front of me, and I pitched this idea, and I’ve got all my follow-up points, and Kevin Tsujihara just goes, ‘Yeah, sure.’ It’s like, ‘Really?’ and he said, ‘Yeah, that sounds fun. Do that.’ So we did it, and I didn’t actually believe that it would make it until I actually saw it in the locked cut.”

Amell also added that this doesn’t necessarily mean Bruce Wayne will ever appear on “Arrow” but it’s opened the door to the possibility of it happening someday.