We got our first taste of the larger universe last season, when The CW crossed over hit DC shows Arrow and The Flash. Turns out, that was just the appetizer. The good stuff is coming this fall.
In an interview with Zap2it producer Andrew Kreisberg and Arrow star Stephen Amell chatted about the crossover episodes, one of which has already been shooting. Amell said the two-parter is a “pinnacle achievement” for the franchise, and at least one scene feature nine superheroes/powered-people in one shot. We seriously have to see this, like, now.
Here’s an excerpt from what Amell said about the crossover episodes:
“Last year was designed so that if you were a fan of one show or a fan of the other show, you could enjoy 108 of Flash and 308 of Arrow independent of one another. It’s not the case this year. If you put them back to back on one night, they would run like one two-hour episode of television. In fact, most of the Flash episode takes place in Star City, and most of the ‘Arrow’ episode takes place in Central City. We have a common villain, which was not the case last year, and just in general, we’ve done an excellent job of weaving not just two shows, but three shows together.”
If that didn’t get you psyched enough, Kreisberg said they’ve made a point to mix up the formula this season. Basically, they’ve decided to embrace the depth of the universe and go all-in. It’ll be a large-scale crossover that will essentially require you to see both parts, on both shows. It’s a bit more exclusionary for viewers who might not watch both, but considering The Flash’s breakout success, it could be a nice catalyst to bring some viewers back to Arrow:
“Just conceptually speaking, one of the ways we thought of these episodes, in sort of a macro sense, was that The Flash episode this year plays more like an episode of Arrow and the Arrow episode plays more like an episode of Flash. We look back and thought that those ‘Flash’ and Arrow episodes were the biggest things we’d ever done. Now we have more heroes, more people with powers, more mouths to feed and bigger villains. It’s really exciting.”
The Flash airs Tuesday nights, and Arrow airs Wednesday nights, on The CW. The epic crossover is set to hit later this season.