With all this talk about Battinson and the state of the DC Extended Universe currently, there isn’t a lot of attention on DC’s most prolific television universe since the DC Animated Universe of the 90s.
We are talking, of course, about the fan dubbed Arrowverse, so named because of its flagship series Arrow starting in 2011. Well while the pioneer show is coming to an end with its final season beginning later this year, speculation is rife with what show will fill the archer’s slot and which DC character will get their own series in full CW style.
One candidate, of course, is the Dark Knight himself Batman, although with Batwoman beginning this year telling the origins of Ruby Rose’s interpretation of one of the most popular LGBT superheroes, it may not be as straightforward as the Caped Crusader getting his own series.
However, much like Superman on Supergirl, Batman could always drop in on a minor recurring basis. One actor that would not only love to see this happen but don the cape and cowl himself is Tom Welling, an actor most notable for his starring role as teenage Clark Kent aka Superman in the noughties CW series Smallville, but more recently returning to the comic-book television genre as Cain in season three of Lucifer.
Welling recently appeared on former Smallville costar Michael Rosenbaum‘s podcast, Inside of You. Rosenbaum asked if Welling would jump at the chance to play Batman if he was offered. “Yeah, I do like Batman and I think there is some room to grow there. And, yeah, it would be different,” responded Welling.
Welling has been tied with the Arrowverse for some time now, not only with a couple of fan-dubbed videos and theories made as to the actor reprising his role of Clark Kent as a more mature Superman, with the Arrowverse acknowledging these theories by adding a Smallville Easter-Egg into last year’s crossover. But also, some fans recently believed he would be a good candidate to portray Supergirl’s Lex Luthor before the role went to Jon Cryer.
Tyler Hoechlin is currently Supergirl’s Superman however with John Wesley-Shipp returning in last year’s crossover as Barry Allen/The Flash from the 1990 The Flash series as well as the Multiverse offering the opportunity for multiple versions of one character, it has never been beyond the realm of possibility that Smallville could be integrated into the same multiverse.
The only thing stopping Batman from appearing in the Arrowverse is the character’s pending debut in the second season of DC’s Titans portrayed by Game of Thrones actor Ian Glenn. Which may cause a restriction or time restraint on when Batman can make an appearance in the Arrowverse as he is already appearing in the DC Universe streaming service and is going to be reintroduced into the Worlds of DC in 2021 with Robert Pattinson.
However, with there being at least three confirmed versions of Bruce Wayne in the Arrowverse, and the most likely version they would focus on is the cousin of Ruby Rose’s Batwoman, then the Batman of Earth-1 has left Gotham City and presumably his vigilante ways which may put him at around the same age as Tom Welling being early-forties.
Matt Reeves’ The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight, is scheduled for release on June 25, 2021.
Batwoman, starring Ruby Rose, begins this Fall joining The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and the final season of Arrow.
Do you think Tom Welling is a good fit for Batman in the Arrowverse?