‘Arrow’ Producer Says Green Lantern ‘Could Never’ Appear on the Show

Over the years, Arrow has dropped Easter eggs about a lot of different DC characters. Some of them have ended up coming to fruition, while others were left has just Easter eggs. Other characters like the Suicide Squad and Harley Quinn were ruled off limits. But then those limits were seemingly lifted when Amanda Waller and Deadshot returned to the show.

One character that’s been hinted at a lot is Green Lantern. Ferris Air has been mentioned, as well as Coast City. In the Season 4 premiere, we even caught of glimpse of a man wearing a flight jacket with the name “Jordan” in a Coast City bar.

Hints at Bigger, Green Lantern-ier Things to Come?

This season, actress Carly Pope joined the cast as journalist Susan Williams, a transplant from Coast City. At the Arrow 100th episode gala, CBR asked executive producer Wendy Mericle if Williams’ presence meant Hal Jordan would be appearing soon:

“One of the fun parts of the show is that you can put these characters in and the Easter eggs and the fans that know this universe so well respond to it on varying levels of excitement and whatnot, but the thing about her character that’s so intriguing is that it operates on that level. It also operates because she’s someone who’s very intrigued by Oliver, who’s going to uncover some secrets that Oliver has, which is going to be really fun, and is a fun nod to the Green Lantern, who obviously we could never bring on the show.”

Of course, if we were talking about Arrow Season 1, the idea of bringing in Green Lantern would obviously be ridiculous. But the Arrowverse has grown and expanded to include metahumans, time travel, magic, and alternate realities. Next month, a full-blown alien invasion across Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow will lead Cisco Ramon and Barry Allen to jump dimensions and bring Supergirl (another alien) to help.

In a universe with all of those possibilities, is Green Lantern really all that far-fetched? “This is 100% true!” said Mericle. “I mean, really Season 6 and on, all bets are off, right?”

Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

Still, it’s not likely we’ll see Green Lanternon on Arrow anytime soon. A new Green Lantern Corps movie is in the works as part of the big-screen DC Extended Universe. Though some characters obviously exist in both the television and movie universes (like The Flash, Superman, and most of the Suicide Squad), Green Lantern seems likely to be held for the big screen only. Warner Bros. is still concerned about rehabilitating the brand after the disappointing 2011 Green Lantern film starring Ryan Reynolds (which was coincidentally written by Arrow producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim).

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