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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The folks over at The CW have made quite a business in realizing the most outrageous of fan dreams and bringing them to the big screen. While the DC Extended Universe have the more spectacle and big budget ideas, their shows like Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow manage to make things work on a substantially lower budget.

Every season, they have a mammoth crossover that consists of multiple levels, and last year, they took things to a whole new level when they had a story span a little over three full episodes across their respective theories. The plot itself was ridiculous and over-the-top — with aliens being the main villains — but it was still a good amount of fun. But, the producers of the show aren’t dumb. They know that it’ll be a tough act to follow in terms of scope.

So how do they hope to top it? Speaking on EW Radio, executive producer Marc Guggenheim said:

“Every year we feel the pressure and I do feel like each crossover has topped the previous one. Topping last year’s [crossover] is a high bar, if for no other reason than what do you do that is bigger than aliens? We got some, I think, very, very exciting ideas. I would say, very early on in the process in actually doing last year’s crossover, Greg [Berlanti] said that ‘there’s probably no way to get bigger than aliens.’ So the best way to make this year’s crossover especially epic is, if you can’t increase the bombast, increase the emotional stakes and the emotional pay-offs. A very oblique comment on where our heads are at for this season.”

Of course, when budget is the limiting factor, more emotional is definitely the way to go. It may lack the sexiness of an alien invasion, but when all said and done, it’ll to make it more memorable and less of a pointless novelty. As much as I enjoy the crossovers, they don’t really hold up well on repeated viewings. 

What do you think is the best way to up last year’s crossover? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: EW

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.