Arrowverse Crossover's Reason for Batman Absence Opens Up a Massive Mystery

Don't expect to see much of Batman during "Elseworlds," this year's three-show Arrowverse crossover. According to Batwoman executive producer Caroline Dries, who consulted on the crossover, the Dark Knight has been missing for years when the story picks up.

“Our approach is: What does Gotham look like after the Batman has been gone for three years? So if you have the law and order, protector, and hope gone, what happens as a result?” she told Entertainment Weekly. “Some people are thriving in his absence because now they can start to do their own thing without the oversight. A lot of other people are suffering and they’re losing hope, and the city itself and infrastructure is falling apart. So it’s not a happy place. Our guys walk into a grimy, scary Gotham.”

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In his absence, Batman has become something of an urban legend. “Oliver is like, ‘He’s not real! They’ve made him up! It’s a hoax just to scare the citizens,’" The Flash star Grant Gustin revealed. "Barry is flabbergasted by that and all he wants to do in Gotham is meet Batman. It’s a pretty funny scene.”

Of course, the legacy of Batman will live on in his cousin Kate Kane, who has become Batwoman. Batwoman actor Ruby Rose will appear in "Elseworlds" before going on to headline her own Batwoman pilot. The potential series will be overseen by producer Greg Berlanti and written by Dries, who will also serve as the showrunner.

This year's Arrowverse crossover event will involve the casts of Supergirl, Arrow, and The Flash. The event will unfold over three nights, starting with a special episode of The Flash on Sunday December 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Then, it continues Monday, December 10, with Arrow and concludes on Tuesday, December 11, with Supergirl.

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