As great as the idea of shared universes is, it does definitely seem to add a little bit of extra complication when it comes to using the same characters in different mediums.
Since Marvel has one expansive universe that spans both TV and film, it makes sense that they'd have to in sync with one another as far which characters were being utilized. You couldn't very well have a non-Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man show up in Daredevil or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and many fans assumed that the DC properties would mostly be handled the same, even though TV and film feature very different worlds. After all, it's not like we could expect to see Batman pop up in an episode of The Flash or Arrow.
However, if the upcoming introduction of Superman in Supergirl is any indication, this isn't exactly the case, and although the character of Deathstroke was recently introduced as the main villain for Ben Affleck's standalone Batman film, that certainly doesn't mean the character could no longer show up in the TV worlds. Arrow fans know that Deathstroke was the big bad of Season 2 of the show, and should the story require him to return, don't expect his involvement in the DC Extended Universe to prevent that.
Speaking at Salt Lake Comic-Con, Arrow star Stephen Amell spoke to that very subject, stating:
“That’s actually something that people bring up on a regular basis…that DC has told us you can’t have or you must get rid of [this character]. That’s not how that works. Diane Nelson and Geoff Johns – the people at Warner Bros. on the feature side, the people at Warner Bros. on the television side – are all in the business of making the best products for fans. Just because there may or may not be a Deathstroke in the DC Extended Universe doesn’t mean Manu Bennett can’t exist on our show.”
Now don't take this to mean that Deathstroke will show up in the series again. The point is that the DC TV universe is likely free to use any characters they need to tell the story they want. The one exception, however, is likely Batman. The branding on that character is likely so strict, that they want to make sure they don't dilute it in any form.
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