The mega CW-DC crossover of four major shows – Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl is finally upon us.
Last time, the crossover storyline was based on the comic-book plot of Super Friends coming together to fight the Dominators, a technologically advanced alien race hell bent on destroying the potential threat of Earth’s meta-humans. It was officially kicked off in Supergirl, came into its full avatar in the Flash episode titled “Invasion”, continued in the special Arrow 100th episode and ended in Legends of Tomorrow. This time the Arrowverse superheroes are up against bunch of bad guys on Earth-X.
This time the stakes are bigger and spectacle is larger than life. It will bring together over 20 heroes under one roof. But there are some who have very limited presence in the crossover. Here’s what Brandon Routh aka Ray Palmer said:
“I have a limited adventure in the crossover, but I do get to work with a few people that we had a good time. The best thing that we got to do was the big gathering of everyone here in our world, on the Waverider, which was pretty awesome to have all of those superheroes together, and it was a really unique and fun thing which I think the audience will like as well.”
“We used to get upset about have nine characters on the bridge and figuring out how to shoot that, but having 21 or whatever it was is pretty insane. But Greg Smith, who was our director for our episode, knew what he wanted pretty quick. You have to have your ducks in a row when doing a crossover because people are coming from four different shows, like ‘We have Melissa for 2 hours and we have Grant for an hour, and we have Stephen for 30 seconds,’ so you’ve gotta get the shot!”
There is one big guy who won’t have anything significant in the entire Crossover and that is Diggle. Recently, Ramsey when asked about the crossover in an interview by CBR, he said jokingly: “It’s awesome. It was great. It was very nice, and I had a nice vacation during that time.”
“I didn’t do a whole lot. But the wedding was great. And I got to sit in on our episode 8, which is the best part of the crossover, and I’ve said this in another interview but Stephen Amell and Melissa Benoist particularly shine, they really do a fantastic job. I think you guys will enjoy it, both of them, just what they do.”
The CW has already revealed the theme of the crossover on social media i.e Crisis on Earth X through a poster designed by legendary Wonder Woman artist Phil Jimenez.
The story will revolve around how the rogue versions of superheroes and villains crash the wedding party of Barry Allen and Iris West. It will be grander, deadlier and stakes will be higher.
But Barry Allen- Iris West are’nt the only couple who will get married, another high profile couple of Arrorverse will tie the knot – Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak. Yes, you read it right. A set photo has revealed that CW Crossover is pulling off double wedding with Diggle standing by their side.
In DC Comics, Earth X is a parallel world set in pre-crisis multiverse where German won the World War II which forces the freedom fighters to wage a war against the Nazis. In the upcoming CW Seed animated feature Freedom Fighters: The Ray, we will learn more about the evil versions of our favorite superhero characters.
Further, according to TVLine, Russell Tovey (Quantico fame) will be playing the character of Ray in live-action as he is also the voice of the character in animated version. His character description goes like this:
“Raymond “Ray” Terrill was a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. But before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a “genetic light bomb.” The bomb failed to kill him and instead gifted Ray with light-based powers. With these abilities, Ray realized he could go beyond reporting on injustice — he could take action to help stop it. Calling himself The Ray, he was recruited by Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters to fight violence and oppression wherever it exists.”
CW released the official synopsis of the mega crossover event:
“Barry (guest star Grant Gustin) and Iris’s (guest star Candice Patton) wedding brings the gang together, but things go awry when villains from Earth-X attack the ceremony. All of the superheroes band together with help from their super friends like Citizen Cold (guest star Wentworth Miller), The Ray (guest star Russell Tovey), Felicity Smoak (guest star Emily Bett Rickards), and Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) to take on their most formidable villains yet. Earth’s mightiest heroes – Green Arrow (guest star Stephen Amell), Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), The Flash (guest star Grant Gustin) and White Canary (guest star Caity Lotz) – lead their teams into battle to save the world.”
From the above description, we can clearly see that the crossover will feature ‘Citizen Cold’ storyline from the comics where in an alternate timeline (due to Flashpoint) Snart/Captain Cold becomes Citizen Cold. He is an upstanding citizen of the city instead of a street criminal. He is even in a relationship with Iris West.
Last year, Legends of Tomorrow TV series focused on the fractured relationship between Captain Cold and Heat Wave, signaling the fact that Snart is moving towards his Citizen Cold arc from the comics where he is actually a hero protecting lives, whereas Heat Wave went rogue and sold out his team to Time Pirates in exchange for his safe return to January 2016 Central city.
The actor Wentworth Miller first played Captain Cold in Flash season 1 in 2014 and then he was brought into Legends of Tomorrow. But recently he took to his Instagram account and confirmed that his time in Arrowverse has come to an end as he is shooting his final episodes.
Till now, there are two promos that have been released by CW ahead of 4-way crossover.
The first promo is very brief but gave insight on what to expect from the upcoming crossover event. We can see Green Arrow leading the team comprising of The Flash, White Canary, Supergirl and Alex Danvers through the corridor of Star Labs on Earth-1. Most of the action will take place on Earth-X given the title itself. It is for the first time we see Alex in crossover, she was missing last time so it would be fun to see her interact with members of Team Flash, Team Arrow and Legends.
In the second teaser, the villains on Earth-X have been revealed. We can see an evil Flash, Nazi Supergirl and Arrow. We got a closer look at Nazi Oliver Queen pointing a Luger at someone; snippets of Cisco wearing formal dress before something blows up in the background. There is an intimate hug being thrown into the mix and then finally heroes lining up behind White canary, Alex Danvers and Kid Flash.
The CW is going all guns blazing to make this year’s crossover bigger and better than last years’ which was like a high-octane action adventure. The crossover will begin with Supergirl and Arrow on November 27, and concludes with Flash and Legends of Tomorrow on November 28.