Will 'The Flash' & 'Arrow' Crossover Again This Season? Barry & Oliver Might Have To Say Goodbye
On Wednesday night, Barry Allen will make his way to Starling City to help out his fellow superhero friend Oliver Queen when The Flash and Arrow crossover event continues with "The Brave and The Bold." Tuesday night's episode of The Flash proved how the show has really hit its stride, mixing great cast chemistry, joy, and a sincere love of comic book history with enough pathos to give it some depth. The crossover even made characters I usually find infuriating on Arrow (somewhat) tolerable. I know I'm in the minority when I say I really dislike Arrow. Oliver Queen's broody, man pain is eyeroll-worthy, and Felicity has become a fan service weak spot who should be used more sparingly. I know that reads as blasphemy for some. If you told me a few years ago I would loathe a show with Green Arrow but love a show with Barry Allen as The Flash, there's a good chance I would have laughed in your face. But even I can't deny how fun it is to see all these characters interact. At the very least the crossover has proven how solid DC Comics' television universe has become. But will we see another Arrow and The Flash crossover this season?
Unfortunately folks, there isn't another major crossover for the two CW series ahead. Executive producer Greg Berlanti explained the decision to IGN saying, “We’re just working out the back half of the year. And they’ll be other crossovers, but there won’t be a two-parter like this in the back half of the year. You know why that is? Because our finales that we tend to build toward on both of these shows are so massive to begin with, that it would just be an impossibility.”
As fun as this major crossover has been, what Berlanti said makes perfect sense. Doing another huge event this season would impede the larger arcs of the shows. The Flash is only in its first season and is at a critical point in its arc with the next episode, "The Man in the Yellow Suit," delving into an important major villain that the show has been building towards. Of course, that doesn't mean we won't see the shows intermingle.
Berlanti did say that there will be other crossovers, just not huge two-parters. Think of how Felicity appeared earlier in this season of The Flash. We'll likely continue to see the different characters pop up on their sibling shows and help each other out. But their presence won't disrupt the overall arcs of this season. It's all about balance.
Considering the very high ratings of The Flash, the show most definitely has a long future ahead of this season, which means we can look forward to major crossovers with Arrow and hopefully other big superheroes as DC Comics continues to develop its television universe. So for now, let's not be too sad that there won't be another major crossover between The Flash and Arrow. Let's just enjoy how amazing this two-part event has been for some of our favorite characters thus far.
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