The upcoming Arrowverse “Elseworlds” event is poised to introduce us to Batwoman and a slew of new characters but with her arrival, we’ve learned that Batman has gone missing. It hasn’t been clear how the series was slated to address this issue, and while we still don’t know if the name Bruce Wayne will even be mentioned, the lack of The Dark Knight will be. During the event, The Flash, Green Arrow, and Supergirl are slated to head to Gotham City to see what happened to Batman.
The city itself is in the middle of a crime wave due to the fact that Batman has been missing for years. Details about this have emerged from consultant Caroline Dries who is slated to be an executive producer if a Batwoman series does get a full order. Dries explains:
“Our approach is: What does Gotham look like after the Batman has been gone for three years? So if you have the law and order, protector, and hope gone, what happens as a result? Some people are thriving in his absence because now they can start to do their own thing without the oversight. A lot of other people are suffering, and they’re losing hope, and the city itself and infrastructure is falling apart. So it’s not a happy place. Our guys walk into a grimy, scary Gotham.”
‘Arrow’ producer Marc Guggenheim added:
“It’s a dead city. The way I sort of described it to Stephen is, it’s there but for the grace of God goes Star City. It’s the worst case scenario. The reason no one talks about Gotham is the city might as well be dead. It’s practically a ghost town.”
Without Batman being seen in years, the three heroes begin to argue if he is even real at all. It has been hinted that Supergirl has a Batman on her world, so it is likely that she’ll be claiming he is around or at least was at one point.
Grant Gustin entertainingly shares the debate saying:
“Oliver is like, ‘He’s not real! They’ve made him up! It’s a hoax just to scare the citizens.’ Barry is flabbergasted by that, and all he wants to do in Gotham is meet Batman. It’s a pretty funny scene.”
Amell, though, lets us know that “Oliver is not enthused about the idea that there might be some other vigilante out there.”
I’m eager to see how far into this plot point and the current workings of Gotham City we’ll see as this moves forward. Likely, not much will be gone into when it comes to Wayne Enterprises, and that is likely a plot point which would get explored if Ruby Rose’s take on the characters moves forward with her own series.
Are you excited for the “Elseworlds” crossover? Do you think that we’ll get any hints as to what happened to Batman or Wayne Enterprises in the upcoming series or will they gracefully dance around the topic? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Entertainment Weekly