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Even though The Dark Knight Rises marks the end of Christopher Nolan's take on the Batman, it does open up the iconic character for other opportunities. It's well known that a Batman reboot is already in the works at DC and Warner Bros. as they continue to expand the DCU on film, with all roads leading to a planned Justice League movie, but there are also some superheroes still making a living on television, most notably with Arrow, based on the DC comic "The Green Arrow," coming to The CW in the fall.

Even though it has been repeatedly stated that there will be many differences between Arrow and Smallville, most notably in tone, sharing the same universe will obviously allow (necessitate) a recycling of characters, but the former hopes to be able to secure one guest star that even the Man of Tomorrow couldn't land; Bruce Wayne. In an interview with IGN, Marc Guggenheim, one of Arrow’s executive producers was asked if his new series will run into the same rights issues that kept the caped crusader from ever appearing on Smallville (basically the producers were 'forbidden' from using him, a rule only cemented when Nolan's universe began) and he was excitingly optimistic,
Oh, my hope is that we can use him at some point. I think that plagued the Smallville showrunners more than it plagues us because, obviously, The Dark Knight Trilogy is over. They’re not available to us yet. My hope is that they’ll be available to us at some point. That would be awesome. No question, that would be absolutely awesome. But I don’t know. That’s above my pay grade.

By saying it's above his pay grade, I think he's referring to how Nolan's trilogy is really just a symptom of a larger problem with comic book adaptations, which is film and television's unwillingness to also adapt the comic book model which allows (again, by necessity) for various incarnations of one character running concurrently. Arrow might have a small window to work Bruce Wayne and the Bat into the series about Oliver Queen before development (and, most importantly, casting) beings on the reboot or Justice League movie.

As it happens, that fits right into show's philosophy about utilizing the comic universe, with Guggenheim wanting crossovers to happen 'sooner rather than later.' In that vein, you can catch Kelly Hu as China White in the second episode (a character the excutive producer hopes will be recurring) as well as Michael Rowe as Deadshot in the third, both popular DCU villains with the later frequently causing trouble in Gotham. Arrow premieres Wednesday, October 10 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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