Marc Guggenheim Says This Year’s Arrowverse Crossover Makes the Last One ‘Look Quaint’
If you thought 2016’s alien-invasion mashup of Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow was a biggie, just you wait.
“It’s madness, total madness,” Arrow and Legends executive producer Marc Guggenheim says with a laugh. “This year’s crossover is going to make the last one look quaint.” The four-hour, two-night event, entitled “Crisis on Earth-X”, aims to outdo that previous effort by upping both the scale and the emotional stakes.
In Monday’s first installment, all of the heroes in the four series come together for the wedding of The Flash’s Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Iris West (Candice Patton). “And as anyone who has ever read a comic book knows,” Guggenheim says, “there has never been a wedding of a superhero that hasn’t gone awry.”
In this case, that happens courtesy of supervillainous Nazis from Earth-X, a parallel universe where Germany won World War II, who crash the party and (as supervillainous Nazis are wont to do) wreak havoc. Their arrival also unleashes the evil doppelgängers of some core heroes and introduces the alternate plane’s Ray Terrill (Quantico’s Russell Tovey), the gay DC Comics superhero known as The Ray.
Over the course of the ambitious crossover, Guggenheim promises “a bunch of really fun team-ups, including one scene in hour four [airing Tuesday] where we literally have everyone on the bridge of [Legends’ ship] the Waverider.” There’s also a massive action sequence for Flash (Gustin), Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist)—plus one pairing that’s sure to send fans into a frenzy. “Seeing Legends’ Sara Lance [Caity Lotz] fighting alongside Supergirl’s Alex Danvers [Chyler Leigh] is a total blast,” Guggenheim teases.
And unlike last season’s segmented, stand-alone showdown with the evil Dominators, Guggenheim confirms that this year’s all-hands-on-deck get-together will reverberate across the Arrowverse throughout future episodes of each series. “All of the shows are impacted by the events,” he warns. “It is a game changer.”
Arrowverse Crossover, Monday, Nov. 27, 8/7c, The CW