The Arrowverse’s Crisis on Earth-X was almost recut into a full-fledged movie

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Jan 12, 2018

The CW’s superhero crossovers seem to get bigger every year, and the recent team-up Crisis on Earth-X featured dozens of heroes battling a full-on Nazi invasion from another universe. Well, the four-show crossover was almost bigger than that.

Marc Guggenheim, a producer on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, took to Twitter to reveal he actually pushed to have the Crisis on Earth-X event released as a full-on “movie” with no act breaks. Even better? He wanted to include some fresh material to tie it all together. Considering  the ever-growing scope of these events, it seems like a natural evolution to turn this into a TV movie all its own. It basically plays that way, anyway, except for the episodic conventions required to make it fit the format.

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So what went wrong? According to Guggenheim the union rules regarding credit for the episodes made for murky territory, with the story spread across Flash, Arrow Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. That apparently derailed any hopes of picking up Crisis on Earth-X: The Movie.

Regardless, it’s interesting to see this option was even being considered — though it’s obviously not a surprise. Crisis on Earth-X was one of the most ambitious undertakings ever attempted on network TV, bringing together four casts (with several actors and actresses playing multiple roles) for a four-part story involving multiple realities and a few weddings, to boot.

It was huge, and here’s hoping by the time the next crossover rolls around they can work out the kinks.