Arrow Dropped Another Batman Reference This Week


In my view, Arrow‘s seventh season aired its best and most exciting episode yet this past Monday. I mean, not only was it intriguing and delivered some cool fight scenes, but it also revealed the mysterious “Demon” to be Talia al Ghul in very short order.

Of course, one could say this was an obvious solution, though you can never be too sure. After all, we hadn’t seen anything from the master assassin since Lian Yu went up in flames at the end of season 5. But after hearing how she survived and “ran afoul” of someone in Gotham, Ms. al Ghul ended up taking up residence in the same prison as Oliver Queen.

Difficult as it had to have been, Ollie did help his former mentor escape from Slabside so that she may get vital information to Felicity, yet he opted to stay behind and not become a fugitive. Mind you, it looks like he’ll change his mind during “The Slabside Redemption” in a few weeks, but let’s examine that bit about Gotham in the meantime, shall we?

Understandably, the first thing that probably popped into your mind was that of Batman. In addition to his history with Talia across all forms of media, it’s quite hard to forget Bruce Wayne being name-dropped in the past on Arrow, not to mention subtle hints to his existence being given over on Supergirl.

But therein lies one problem: Arrow takes place on Earth-1, whereas Supergirl resides on Earth-38. Granted, it’s entirely possible for Batmen (Batmans?) to exist in both universe designates, but my gut tells me Talia could’ve very well been speaking of Batwoman, who’ll soon debut in the “Elseworlds” crossover. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Kate Kane were to share her side of the account when the time comes.

Either way, the tease opens up the Arrowverse in some exciting ways we’re just now having the opportunity to explore. Really, by the time Batwoman’s solo series presumably premieres next fall, Fox’s Gotham will be a thing of the past, therefore all sorts of heroes and villains will theoretically be on the table.

But until then, be sure to keep checking out Arrow on Monday nights on The CW.