Will There Be More CW Superhero Crossovers? The 'Arrow' & 'Flash' Universe Is Only Getting Bigger
In recent years, comic book adaptations have flooded film and television. The CW has stocked its lineup with an especially large slate, now tallying four series based on the DC universe. It’s only fitting, then, that they’d feature a major crossover between The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow, the four sister shows, and this week's four-night bonanza is its most epic to date. But when it’s all said and done and the Dec. 1 episode of Legends of Tomorrow brings this meet-up to an end, will there be more CW Arrowverse crossovers?
The short answer is that yes, it’s a pretty safe bet. Though nothing has been officially confirmed, it’s become an annual tradition for The CW’s DC series to cross over every fall. It began during Arrow’s second season in 2013, when the show introduced The Flash’s Barry Allen and paved the way for an Arrow and Flash crossover the following year. The two series later crossed over with Legends of Tomorrow ahead of its January premiere, and Supergirl before it announced its jump from CBS to The CW in May. Now two years in, it would be pretty shocking if the network suddenly squashed the ongoing interaction between its shows, especially when it has a budding monopoly on the DC characters.
In fact, Supergirl and The Flash are already scheduled to stage a musical crossover later this season, and it seems the blowouts are only getting bigger. This year’s mega event is pulling out all the stops for a callback to a crossover from nearly three decades ago. As Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim told Entertainment Weekly:
“This year, for our mega ‘Arrowverse’ crossover, we’re taking inspiration from a DC crossover from the late 1980s known as Invasion!, which featured an alien race called the Dominators, who’d previously vexed the Legion of Superheroes…We’re using cutting edge prosthetics and computer effects to achieve a feature film-quality look which is faithful to Invasion! artist Todd McFarlane’s interpretation of the characters.”
With over 50 years of original storylines to choose from, the DC Comics well is far from dry. From the looks of it, The CW won’t be slowing down its crossovers any time soon.
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