The past two crossover events in the Arrowverse, while telling fluent stories, often felt as though characters from one show were simply making guest appearances on another. Essentially, that is the essence of what crossovers on television have come to mean; however, the recently revealed Crisis on Earth-X event may change things.
During a Salt Lake Comic Con panel, Stephen Amell teased this year’s crossover aims to avoid the semblance of four one-hour long episodes. Instead, the transition between each show will be far more seamless.
“Technically it goes Supergirl, Arrow, Flash, and Legends. But you’re not supposed to be watching the Supergirl hour going ‘Okay, this is the Supergirl hour.’ It’s just the first hour of the crossover,” Amell told the audience (via CBR).
“When we first did the crossover, I guess back in our third season and The Flash’s first season, it was very much like ‘It’s an episode of The Flash where I show up, and then an episode of Arrow where he shows up,’” he continued. “And even last year, it was like ‘You know, Flash showed up on Supergirl, and then it was an episode of The Flash, an episode of Arrow, and an episode of Legends.’ But this year is just a four-hour movie.”
Given the narrative, all four hours are likely to be used to the fullest. Crisis on Earth-X will gather everyone together for the wedding of Barry Allen and Iris West. As the festivities get underway, villains from Earth-X (an alternate universe wherein Germany won World War II) crash the wedding. Chaos is expected to ensue, and according to Amell it’s going to be good.
“I can’t spoil it, other than to say that when I read the crossover scripts this year, I felt compelled to email the sort of original [Arrow] team of Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim. And the email just simply said ‘Guys, thank you so much for this opportunity, because it’s going to be really, really good.’”
This year’s Arrowverse crossover will air on Monday, November 27 and Tuesday, November 28.
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