This Is How That Supergirl/Arrow/Flash/LOT Crossover Begins

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 - 5:19PM
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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 - 5:19PM
This Is How That Supergirl/Arrow/Flash/LOT Crossover Begins
There are many, many things to look forward to in the Flarrowverse this season, not the least of which is Supergirl's arrival to The CW. Not only will there be a two-episode musical crossover with The Flash, we also have that highly anticipated four-show crossover coming up, and plot details are finally starting to trickle out. According to Arrow EP Marc Guggenheim, the crossover will mostly take place across Arrow/Flash/Legends of Tomorrow, but Supergirl will be the anchor, appearing on every show.

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"Some people call it a four-way crossover because it involves four shows; my ulcer requires me to call it a three-part crossover," Guggenheim explained to reporters at an Arrow screening (via EW). "The story that's being told has a beginning, middle, and end: a beginning in Flash, a middle in Arrow, and an end in Legends. But Supergirl is very much a part of the whole thing, so we are crossing over four shows - four shows in three parts."
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Guggenheim revealed that the crossover will technically start on Supergirl. At the end of a Supergirl episode, Cisco kicks off the crossover week by coming to Kara and asking her for help with the Dominators, who were previously confirmed to be the villains

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"Once the heroes realize that they're up against aliens, they decide that they need an alien on their side," Guggenheim says. "Fortunately, Barry knows a really nice one. I don't think it's a big shock that between Barry and Cisco, and all their experiences with Earth-2 and the multi-verse, that they can pluck her from Earth-CBS."
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This isn't too much of a surprise, considering that Supergirl is the first show to air during the week (on Mondays, followed by The Flash on Tuesdays, Arrow on Wednesdays, and LOT on Thursdays). But still, it's exciting to know that Cisco will be catalyzing the whole shebang, and that they enlist Supergirl because they know they're out of their depth.

Guggenheim also addressed the potential conflict between the crossover and Arrow's 100th episode, which will take place the same week:

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"When the news broke that the 100th episode was also going to be the crossover episode, people were up and down my Twitter and Greg [Berlanti's] Twitter I think, in this case, in a very positive way," Guggenheim said. "People didn't want to feel like the crossover was highjacking [sic] what should be a really seminal episode and a seminal moment for the show Arrow, which I think is wonderful. Greg [Berlanti] came up with an idea that really does allow us to have our cake and eat it, too."
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And it certainly sounds like there will be plenty of Arrow-specific nostalgia, as original cast members Jamey Sheridan, Katie Cassidy, and Susanna Thompson are all coming back. Guggenheim also revealed that John Barrowman and Neal McDonough would reprise their roles as villains Malcolm Merlyn and Damien Darhk, respectively.

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"I haven't seen the episode all cut together yet, but it has some incredibly iconic moments," he says. "It is a love letter to the show, it draws on all previous 99 episodes pretty much. Everyone who we could have in the episode, from a scheduling point of view, is in the episode. Even the people who we couldn't have, because of conflicting schedules, are represented. At the same time, you've got Flash and Supergirl; that's an enormous amount of fun. Certainly the recruits also play a very large role, an important role, in the episode. I'm really excited about it."
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The four-show crossover is expected to air on The CW sometime in November.
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