When Arrow debuted on The CW in 2012, nobody had any concept how giant the universe of that present would ultimately turn out to be. The place the collection’s community predecessor, Smallville, had prevented the extra comedian book-y parts of the Superman mythos for so long as attainable, Arrow embraced these parts virtually instantly, placing Oliver Queen in a fancy dress and even giving him a catchphrase in the very first episode. The Arrowverse has since grown to incorporate 4 totally different collection throughout two totally different Earths, and has turn out to be a spot the place superhumans, aliens, time journey, and parallel worlds are all commonplace.
Simply as crossovers and team-ups in comics are an indicator of characters working in a shared universe, crossovers between the Arrowverse exhibits and characters have turn out to be an annual occasion, typically used to arrange future tales or collection, and all the time a variety of enjoyable. With the most up-to-date crossover, “Elseworlds,” having simply wrapped earlier this week with a tease for what is certain to be the largest Arrowverse crossover but, we thought we’d have a look again in any respect of the occasions that Inexperienced Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and the different heroes of the Arrowverse have joined forces, and see how they stack up towards one another.
- 1 Honorable Point out: Worlds Best (Supergirl S1E18)
- 2 Honorable Point out: Duet (The Flash S3E12)
- 3 #5: Legends of At present/Legends of Yesterday (The Flash S2E08/Arrow S4E08)
- 4 #four: Elseworlds (The Flash S5E09/Arrow S7E09/Supergirl S4E09)
- 5 #three: Flash vs. Arrow/The Courageous and the Daring (The Flash S1E08/Arrow S3E08)
- 6 #2: Invasion! (The Flash S3E08/Arrow S5E08/Legends of Tomorrow S2E07)
- 7 #1: Disaster on Earth-X (Supergirl S3E08/Arrow S6E08/The Flash S4E08/Legends of Tomorrow S3E08)
- 8 Associated
Honorable Point out: Worlds Best (Supergirl S1E18)
Whereas technically not a full Arrowverse crossover, this was the first cross-Multiverse superhero team-up. It additionally occurred to be cross-network, as Supergirl was nonetheless on CBS when Grant Gustin’s The Flash popped over from Earth-1 by mistake whereas making an attempt to up his velocity recreation to tackle Zoom, and he and Melissa Benoist’s Woman of Metal had their first team-up. The place most team-ups between heroes often start with a misunderstanding and battle between the two heroes, the immediate rapport between Gustin and Benoist on this episode made the team-up really feel extra-special, and it will set the stage for Supergirl’s eventual official entry into the Arrowverse crossovers as soon as the present jumped from CBS to The CW. Plus, it birthed this excellent scene of Kara’s delighted response to Barry fetching everybody in the room ice cream as an indication of his superspeed, so it needed to make an look.
Honorable Point out: Duet (The Flash S3E12)
Once more, not a full Arrowverse crossover, however one other cross-Earth caper involving The Flash and Supergirl, plus guest-stars together with Legends of Tomorrow’s Victor Garber and Arrow’s John Barrowman. After an alien referred to as The Music Meister hypnotizes Supergirl right into a coma and escapes to Earth-1, Mon-El and J’onn J’onnz comply with him in the hopes that Staff Flash might help revive Kara. Sadly Barry can also be whammied by The Music Meister, and he and Kara find yourself having a shared 1930s gangster/musical hallucination that includes members of every of the exhibits’ casts plus the aforementioned guest-stars. The Arrowverse is full of actors who’ve appeared on Broadway (Jesse L. Martin, Carlos Valdes, Jeremy Jordan, plus Garber and Barrowman), whereas Gustin and Benoist have been each forged members on Glee, and each are educated dancers. The finish result’s arguably the highest-quality musical episode of a non-musical collection ever made. Duet consists of numbers from the songwriting groups behind La La Land and Loopy Ex-Girlfriend, and it’s actually only a delight.
#5: Legends of At present/Legends of Yesterday (The Flash S2E08/Arrow S4E08)
This was the second crossover for the Arrowverse, and served primarily as set-up for the then-upcoming Legends of Tomorrow spin-off collection. A number of key characters from that collection are launched, together with Kendra Saunders formally turning into Hawkgirl, and the first appearances of each Carter Corridor/Hawkman and the immortal villain Vandal Savage, who would go on to be the Huge Dangerous of the first season of LoT. The story right here is fairly simple: Vandal Savage needs to kill Kendra, as he has completed to incarnations of Kendra and Carter quite a few occasions all through the millenia, and he’ll destroy Central and Star Cities if The Flash and Inexperienced Arrow don’t hand her over to him. It’s an entertaining story, although a few of the set-up for LoT is fairly clunky. It’s additionally vital as the first look of Oliver’s son, William, whom he meets when he runs into an previous girlfriend in Central Metropolis. William has turn out to be a daily character on Arrow, with a future model of the character at present showing in the seventh season’s flash-forwards.
#four: Elseworlds (The Flash S5E09/Arrow S7E09/Supergirl S4E09)
I gained’t go into an excessive amount of element about “Elseworlds,” because it simply wrapped up earlier this week, and you may learn full recaps for every episode elsewhere on the website. There’s quite a bit to like about this crossover, from the incorporation of Earth-38’s Superman and the introduction of Lois Lane, to the first look of Gotham Metropolis and of Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman, to the temporary look by John Wesley Shipp, reprising his position of The Flash from the early ‘90s TV series. Ultimately, though, this three-parter was basically all setup, either for the in-development Batwoman spin-off series or for next year’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover. It was a enjoyable occasion, however not likely substantial sufficient to rank greater on the record.
#three: Flash vs. Arrow/The Courageous and the Daring (The Flash S1E08/Arrow S3E08)
Barry Allen first appeared throughout the second season of Arrow earlier than turning into The Flash the following yr, and Oliver Queen put in an look in the pilot episode of The Flash, however this two-parter was the first official crossover between Arrowverse exhibits, and the first time that the groups from the two collection met one another. It’s additionally distinctive in that every episode, whereas loosely related, largely stands by itself as a self-contained story. The first hour has Oliver Queen travelling to Central Metropolis to assist Group Flash take down a reimagined Rainbow Raider, who used his Psycho-Pirate-like energy set to brainwash The Flash into preventing Arrow. The second half noticed Barry Allen in Starling Metropolis to assist Workforce Arrow towards basic Flash foe Captain Boomerang. These two episodes went a great distance in the direction of cementing the brotherly relationship between Oliver and Barry, and established the two as equals for the first time.
#2: Invasion! (The Flash S3E08/Arrow S5E08/Legends of Tomorrow S2E07)
The third Arrowverse crossover was the largest one but, incorporating not solely Groups Flash and Arrow, however the time-traveling Legends of Tomorrow as properly. The story additionally introduced Supergirl to Earth-1 for the first time, recruited by The Flash to assist the different heroes towards the invading Dominators. The story is loosely based mostly on the 1989 Invasion! miniseries, with added time-travel parts for good measure. As alien invasion tales go it’s entertaining sufficient, however the method it included the ongoing parts from the three collection actually elevates it. Season three of The Flash started with Barry creating the Flashpoint timeline, and this crossover revealed the impression that his altering of historical past had had on all of the characters in the Arrowverse—his timeline shenanigans is definitely what prompted the aliens to invade—and resulted in some comeuppance for the scarlet speedster. The center, Arrow installment was additionally the 100th episode of that collection, a “For the Man Who Has Everything”-esque story through which a Dominator-abducted Group Arrow get a glimpse at life with out all the superheroics. Consequently the general crossover is considerably disjointed tonally, and I used to be tempted to rank this one under “Flash vs. Arrow”/”The Courageous and the Daring,” however finally the ambition of the story, and the method that it superior the storylines for all of the characters concerned, elevates this crossover on the record. It additionally acknowledged Brandon Routh’s time as Superman with a throwaway line about Supergirl that delighted me to no finish the first time I watched it.
#1: Disaster on Earth-X (Supergirl S3E08/Arrow S6E08/The Flash S4E08/Legends of Tomorrow S3E08)
This one has every thing: weddings, hook-ups, Nazi superhero doppelgangers from an alternate Earth, difficult surgical procedures, heroic sacrifices, and precise stakes. Every thing was massive about this crossover, from the presentation (two episodes an evening for 2 subsequent nights) to the episode construction (particular person episodes forwent their very own title playing cards, as an alternative utilizing “Crisis on Earth-X” as the title), to the undeniable fact that, in contrast to the different crossovers, each character from each collection is in each episode. Greater than another Arrowverse crossover, “Crisis on Earth-X” is actually a four-hour film that includes each hero on Earth-1 (plus a number of from Earth-38) united towards invading forces from the Nazi-controlled Earth-X, who’ve lately found how one can journey via the Multiverse and have determined that conquering the different Earths is the greatest use for such know-how (Nazis, am I proper?). This crossover would have main penalties for the three Earth-1-based collection: Professor Martin Stein, one-half of the Legends of Tomorrow’s Firestorm, would lay down his life so as to save Earth-1, whereas each Barry Allen & Iris West and Oliver Queen & Felicity Smoak ended up marrying at the crossover’s finish. Earth-X’s Ray Terrill, aka The Ray, who was launched on this crossover, would star in his personal animated collection on CW Seed, whereas his husband, Leo Snart (an alternate model of Earth-1’s Captain Chilly), would briefly be a part of the Legends of Tomorrow. The preliminary installment of the story additionally featured the first look of a thriller woman who would ultimately be revealed to be Nora Allen, Barry and Iris’s daughter from the future, who has develop into a collection common with The Flash’s fifth season. I actually wasn’t kidding once I stated this crossover had the whole lot. One hopes that subsequent yr’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” can comply with the instance set by this Disaster.
Joe Grunenwald is a author and editor dwelling in the Pacific Northwest. He’s taller than lots of people however not as tall as some individuals.