Where Marvel have clearly pulled ahead of Warner Bros. and DCEntertainment in bringing superheroes to the big screen, it's DCcharacters that have had better luck on the television.
It's down to the particular formula, maybe. There's something thatSmallville and Arrow have in common, something good looking andwell-dressed and Tumblr friendly. Casting is under way for Amazon, aWonder Woman series, that seems to follow the same recipe.
Speaking at the TCA Press Tour, and quoted by IGN, CW president MarkPedowitz addressed the network's future plans for DC characters.
A good example of the need for Warner Bros.' approval is seen inBatman's conspicuous absence from Smallville, and indeed TV ingeneral. He was considered out of bounds as long as Nolan's films werea going concern, and it seems that policy remains. Here's Pedowitz onthe chances of Bruce Wayne taking up residence on the goggle box:
In terms of other DC
characters, we will explore other DC
characters,but we also do a lot of exploration of a lot of other material with alot of other great producers... We worked carefully with Warner Bros.to make sure Warner Bros. theatrical was onboard... to make sure thatit works and that it doesn?t interfere with their projects.
At this time, no. And regarding your next question, regarding isBatman going to make a trip to [Arrow?s] Starling City, they?re not inthe same state.Not that CW aren't into the crossover craziness that The Avengerstried and tested. The network's okay for Arrow and Amazon to tie-up,should Amazon actually make it to the screen:
I think they all could exist in the same world, but whether they door they don?t is depending on what the showrunner wants to do.Placing faith and handing responsibility to the showrunners is theright thing to do, I think. Every show needs somebody who can focus onnurturing it, getting to know it intimately, caring for it. And topull off a crossover, I really would recommend taking a page out ofMarvel's playbook and getting an overseer, a Whedon, in place toshepherd it.
Arrow is doing very nicely, week in week out while Amazon is castingnow and could go to air this Autumn. Fingers crossed they can pull itoff.