Till now, people have liked the new take upon the show as Arrow Season 7 has been following an incarcerated Oliver Queen who is searching for the Demon who is an inmate that Oliver suspects will have some info upon the crime-boss that is threatening his family. Now the latest episode “The Demon” reveals the identity of the mysterious inmate, but it actually does a lot more than that! It gives us a major hint to Batman’s existence on the same Earth in the Arrowverse.
The episode outs the Demon to be none other than Talia Al Ghul who was Ollie’s mentor and former ally. Now when Oliver asks Talia about the reason for her to be in prison, she straight up states that she “ran afoul of an old foe in Gotham.”
Now we all are familiar with the relationship that Talia shares with Batman in the comics as she has always been portrayed as the love interest of Bruce Wayne in the comics. The Arrowverse has given so many vague hints about Batman previously that we have actually lost count.
While Superman has featured on the Arrowverse, WB hasn’t allowed these shows to have Batman make an appearance yet. Arrow has even name-dropped Bruce Wayne, but Batman hasn’t even got a direct mention yet.
He certainly is WB’s Gold (but still they aren’t able to make a good Batman movie these days). Now that Talia has all but confirmed Batman’s existence on the same Earth, we could only imagine that he may someday have an appearance, perhaps in the upcoming Batwoman show.
Arrow will catch up with us with its next episode “Due Process.” As you can see above, CW has released the promo for the episode. It will be interesting to see how the show carries Oliver’s story arc forward since over the last few episodes Oliver is starting to get emotionally broken during his time in Slabside.
The info that we have upon the episode also gives us a hint that Katie Cassidy’s Laurel Lance could be playing a major role in Oliver’s fight in prison, although there’s no telling exactly what that will cause. Her character arc in this season has been pretty interesting so far, and here’s what Cassidy explained to ComicBook.com earlier this year:
“I think she’s a really interesting character. What I love about her too is that you never know what you’re going to get with her. She’s sort of a loose cannon. I also look at her kind of as like her own island, in a way. If you think about it, you’ve got the team, you’ve got Diaz, who [Laurel] is maybe not best friends with now, and then you have me. And so it’s sort of like ‘Where do I stand?’
Yeah, absolutely. I think there’s room for redemption for her character. And I think, what I believe is that if they do reveal more of her backstory, and sort of tell her story actually, there’ll be a lot more of an understanding of why she acts the way that she does.”
Here’s what Stephen Amell told Comicbook.com at the beginning of this season:
“After the premiere, we really isolate Oliver. He goes a long time without interacting with really any familiar face. I have enjoyed the couple of visitors that I’ve had. I actually had one recently with a character that I haven’t had a sit-down scene with in some time, and it was really fun to work with them again.”
The show has been doing quite an amazing thing by introducing flash forwards after being done with the flashbacks. It is quite interesting to see where those flash-forwards take us, as they could potentially set up a show in the future if Arrow is done this season.
Here’s the official Synopsis of the next episode, Due Process:
“LAUREL STEPS IN TO HELP OLIVER
Slabside becomes even more dangerous after a guard is murdered and everyone is a suspect. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) enlists help from a surprising source in her pursuit of Diaz (Kirk Acevedo), and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) flexes her muscles as the District Attorney.
Kristin Windell directed the episode written by Sarah Tarkhoff& Tonya Kong.”