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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

There will be no Batman in the Arrowverse. At least not yet (Though, given the trajectory the universe is in, I wouldn’t ever rule it out). But that hasn’t stopped them from flirting with many Batman characters in the past, and it certainly isn’t stopping them from crossing paths with the Batman character Batwoman in the Elseworlds crossover.

In fact, they won’t just be crossing paths with her. They’ll actually be jumping into the world of Gotham City. That’s right. Gotham City will be alive and well in the Arrowverse…actually wait, hang on. It turns out the city won’t really be doing “well,” but it will be around for all of us to actually see in live-action TV form. So what does it look like? Consulting producer of the Elseworlds crossover and executive producer of the potential Batwoman series Caroline Dries gave some insight to EW.

“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.”

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You heard her right. Batman has been gone for years, and it’s after his departure that negativity starts to really take hold.

“It’s a dead city,” producer Marc Guggenheim told the outlet. “The way I sort of described it to Stephen [Amell] 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.”

This will certainly be interesting to see. While some cops in Gotham could argue that Batman really incited more violence than he quashed, it looks like the proof is in the putting: Gotham is a way worse place without Batman.

Perhaps most interesting is that Oliver Queen apparently doesn’t think Batman was ever real, and that he was a hoax created to scare citizens. Furthermore, apparently, Oliver doesn’t like the idea of there being another vigilante out there like him, which I think is kinda funny given how much inspiration they took from Batman for this iteration of the Green Arrow.

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SOURCE: EW

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.