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‘Arrow’‘s Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) might have name dropped Bruce Wayne earlier this season, but don’t expect Wayne or his masked alter ego to drop in.  According to executive producer Marc Guggenheim, the name drop was simply an Easter Egg for DC Comics fans.

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“No, I love a good Easter egg, and I love doing the occasional name drop.  You know, we name dropped Hal Jordan at the beginning of Season 3, but it’s really just fun for us. I think in the Arrowverse we have our own Justice League and the Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Batman … these are all characters that are either spoken for on the movie side and/or other shows. There’s a Bruce Wayne on Gotham.

“Over here on the CW, we’re sort of a mischievous lot, and we enjoy the occasional Easter egg.  And our partners at DC are very tolerant of our mischief. But that’s really all it is. Just good nature, good fanboy mischief.”

It’s not as though the creators of The CW’s superhero shows are hurting for DC superheroes.  There are a larger number of superheroes in live action on the air right now than ever before.  Even Superman, portrayed by Tyler Hoechlin, is a supporting character on ‘Supergirl’.  And it doesn’t stop there.  “Justice League Detroit” is one of the least liked iterations of the venerable team, yet all four of the “new” additions to the team, Vibe (Carlos Valdes), Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), Steel (Nick Zano) and Gypsy (Jessica Camacho) have made their way into the Arrowverse, along with their mentors, the Martian Manhunter (David Harewood) and Elongated Man (Hartley Sawyer).  Hell, even the Martian Manhunter’s “niece” Miss Martian (Sharon Leal) has popped up on ‘Supergirl’!

It was recently revealed that Deathstroke, an on-again/off-again nemesis on ‘Arrow’ was once again no longer available to appear in the TV shows, due to plans with the movie universe.  Even so, there seem to be countless other heroes and villains to draw from.  ‘Supergirl’ is in the process of introducing the Legion of Super Heroes and there are dozens of them!

So while a handful of characters might be off-limits, it isn’t as though the Arrowverse is running out of super inhabitants any time soon.