The Hollywood Reporter recently hosted an interview session for Agent Carter, the Hayley Atwell-led Marvel series that aired its premiere last night, featuring showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas. But what does that have to do with Batman/Arrow/DC you ask? Well one of the interviewers was Butters’ husband Marc Guggenheim, who is an executive producer on Arrow. It’s a very lengthy back-and-forth interview covering Agent Carter, the differences between Marvel and DC, and also touched on Arrow; I’d recommend reading as it was pretty informative and entertaining.
One of the final questions to Guggenheim was about Supergirl crossing over with Arrow which led to a further question on more Justice League members appearing on the small screen:
Fazekas: Marc, CBS is doing Supergirl. What is the possibility of a crossover?
Guggenheim: It’s possible.
THR: I actually heard it’s in Greg’s [Greg Berlanti, producer of Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl] deal, that Supergirl can cross over with Flash and/or Arrow.
Butters: How many members of the Justice League would you like to get all together?
Guggenheim: On Arrow or in general?
Butters: On Arrow.
Guggenheim: At the end of the day it’d be so awesome to have Batman on the show. That’d be really cool. I don’t think that will be happening anytime soon, but you never know…one day. One thing we’re always saying…we never expected to have had the Huntress [Jessica De Gouw], Deathstroke [Manu Bennett] or Deadshot [Michael Rowe]; we ended up with a lot more DC Comics characters becoming part of the show than we had ever planned. It wasn’t initially part of the pitch or the conception of the show. Now here we are in our third season and we’ve Flash [Grant Gustin] and the Suicide Squad and we’re going to have Katana [MAYBE SPOILER DON’T LOOK Rila Fukushima SPOILER END] and we have Ray Palmer [Brandon Routh], and it seems like you could field an entire show off the characters that we have introduced on Arrow. That’s so beyond anything we expected. That’s a long-winded way of saying I’ve learned not to expect anything or make any predictions because the reality has far exceeded any of our initial predictions or initial conceptions.
So basically, maybe a Batman appearance one day but definitely not now. While many people would like this to happen, I’d actually be happier if it didn’t go beyond a mention or appearance of Wayne Enterprises mainly because I don’t want Batman overshadowing the Arrow on his own show. I certainly hope Supergirl does appear on either Arrow or The Flash though as I think it’ll benefit the fledgling show which doesn’t have that much positive buzz about it at the moment. Cast her already! The above answer also ties into an earlier question about how restricted Guggenheim is when making use of characters from the comics which I found interesting:
Fazekas: The Captain America movies are based on the Ed Brubaker comics run. Marvel is pretty free — if we’re using a minor character or a bad guy from an old comic book, we don’t have to adhere to what that character was in that comic book from 1945. Because there are so many different iterations of a specific character, you can’t be true to every single one. Are you beholden to anything the comic book sets up, even with minor characters from the DC comics?
Guggenheim: I always get in trouble but my answer is no. To me, there are different levels of comic book canon. You talk about minor characters. I read a draft of a Superman screenplay years ago where Krypton didn’t blow up. To me, that’s not really a Superman story. It’s like doing a Batman story if Bruce Wayne’s parents are still alive. The advantage of a character like Green Arrow is his origin really is apart from the fact that he was a billionaire who ended up on a deserted island. His origin is not very well established and the character isn’t as “high profile” as Superman and Batman. You can’t do Spider-Man without him getting bit by a radioactive spider, otherwise it’s not Spider-Man. So by the nature of the character we’ve been playing with through these years, we’ve always felt more freedom than if he was a more well-established character or if his origin was more well established.
That’s a very practical approach and personally I’ve never been too bothered when things or characters stray from their comic book canon when being presented in movies or on television.
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Last Updated: January 7, 2015