Inquisitive audiences seeking out early intel on the Arrowverse's "Elseworlds" event only needed to turn to lead man Stephen Amell. The social media maverick posted images and plot details long before the network released any extensive summaries or episode breakdowns. It was all meant to tease and tantalize viewers about the CW's most ambitious superhero crossover to date... and as it turns out, not so maverick-y.
"Now, by the way, I wasn't going rogue," Amell told a contingent of journalists on the Arrow set in November. "That was all designed based off of production schedule and the amount that we shot out on the street in the public. We always think that it's better for us to show people before they see a grainy photograph. So, believe me when I tell you, that was all by design."
The three-night "Elseworlds" saga — running through The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl — finds Arkham Asylum's Dr. John Keegan altering the very fabric of reality. Oliver Queen and Barry Allen consequently end up swapping bodies and identities. Amell said the crazy switcheroo was "the most fun that I've had, maybe ever throughout the course of doing the show."
"Grant Gustin and I had a discussion very early on, and Grant and I saw each other at dinner last night because the CW executives were up here for The Flash's 100th episode party and the Supernatural 300th episode party," Amell explained. "And it was weird because Grant and I, after spending every waking minute with each other for the better part of a month, we hadn't seen each other in like 10 days. It was like, 'How are you?' I had so much fun, but we had a discussion very early on that if this was going to work, that we really had to go for it, right?"
That led to some big scenes and big acting.
"Because he has my learned abilities and I have his superpowers, there are elements of each other's personality that each of us have to embrace in order to be successful at the mission that's in front of us," continued Amell. "So, every once in a while, I'm channeling my inner Barry Allen, and I'm looking at Grant after the take going meekly, 'Is it too much?' We had a blast. I think that the crossovers this year, even if we don't have as many DC characters necessarily as we did last year, this feels like the first time, or at least the best example of us just embracing the fun of it all and embracing all of the opportunities that we have because of all of the things that we've had a chance to do over the years."
The crossover also marks the first appearance of quite a few notable new faces to the Arrowverse, including Lois Lane, Psycho-Pirate, the Monitor, and Nora Fries. In terms of costumed do-gooders, there's plenty of buzz surrounding the introduction of Batwoman, portrayed by Ruby Rose. The cousin of Bruce Wayne, Kathy Kane is a badass, highly-trained street fighter and one of the DC Universe's most prominent gay characters.
"The idea that we get to go to Gotham City is really exciting, and we got to do something that I've never done," Amell reported. "I've never shot the show anywhere but Vancouver, so we go to Chicago and all of that felt amazing.
"Ruby's fantastic," concluded Amell. "I think she's going to do great. I'm all for expanding the universe, right? Every time. Always. There's no scenario whereby I go, 'No, thank you.' I definitely got to shoot on sets in Gotham City and Star City and Central City and Earth 38 and somewhere that I can't even properly explain. I just never thought that would ever happen."