The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is something that includes comic books, movies, and TV shows. The CW has the bulk of it all with four different television shows devoted to comic book characters and so far, they’ve been extremely successful. While we’ve seen a number of different characters, the world has always wondered if Batman actually existed in this universe. Well, anyone who watched last night’s Season 2 episode of Supergirl has finally learned the truth.
Please let it be known that there are spoilers ahead for the second season of Supergirl. The episode discussed took place on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, so it has already aired, but some may have not yet seen it. If so, then stop reading now.
With The CW having control of The Flash, Arrow, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, their acquisition of Supergirl from CBS earlier this year solidified them as the place for comic book TV shows. So many characters have appeared from DC Comics and this season on Supergirl, Superman made his debut and stood side-by-side with his cousin.
But…what about Batman? Does he even exist in this television universe that has been created by DC Comics and The CW? Yes, he does, and that was proven on last night’s episode of Supergirl titled “The Darkest Place.”
As recapped by Batman-News, the little Easter Egg tossed into the episode was quick and if you coughed or looked away, you may have missed it. At one point, Kara was having a conversation and then said something that made a lot of jaws drop.
“My cousin worked with a vigilante once…tons of gadgets. Lots of demons. I mean…vigilantes are nuts”
First of all, everyone knows that Kara’s cousin is none other than Superman so that is who she is speaking of with that reference. The “vigilante” she is speaking of is none other than the man from Gotham himself – Bruce Wayne aka Batman.
This isn’t the very first nod to the masked vigilante as a pre-Season 2 promo for Supergirl actually name-drops Gotham City. Just watch and listen when you get to the 45-second mark.
Ok, so that only mentions a city, but this comment by Kara in last night’s episode makes two references to Batman this season without actually saying his name. Throughout Season 1 of Supergirl, hints kept being dropped at Superman and then he made his debut in Season 2 much to the thrill of many fans.
Fox does have the TV rights to Gotham, but the show is about a city in which Batman doesn’t even exist yet. If they do have the TV rights to Batman entirely, it would take some doing and legal wrangling on the part of The CW to get him to appear on any of their shows.
It’s hard to know if that will ever happen, but the fans have hope that Batman will show up one day.
For now, they will have to live with the mega crossover event that begins this week and will span all four TV shows – Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Arrow.
Entertainment Weekly released a lot of details on the upcoming event that will begin on The CW on Nov. 28 with Supergirl at 8 p.m. ET. There will be characters moving about between TV series each of the four nights, but then they will all come together on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as the heroes band as one to take on the Dominators.
“After learning the Dominators’ plan for the world, the Legends must work together with The Flash (guest star Grant Gustin), Supergirl (guest star Melissa Benoist) and Green Arrow (guest star Stephen Amell) to kill them once and for all. Meanwhile, Stein (Victor Garber) figures out, with the help of others, how the team can terminate the Dominators, but is distracted by the aberration he realizes he created in 1987.”
With the four comic TV shows already on The CW and Fox having control of Gotham, it’s not known if Batman will ever make his way to the small screen. The good thing about last night’s episode of Supergirl is that it proves they aren’t ignoring the Caped Crusader in the DCEU. If there is some way they can get him into an episode of any of the shows, it will be incredible to see him and Superman side-by-side again.
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