– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Last year’s Arrowverse crossover, “Invasion,” while admirable in its scope, had a major problem. It tried way too hard to have each episode of each respective show focus on that specific show. For example, during The Flash’s hour, it focused on the Flash narrative, in the Arrow hour, it focused on the Arrow narrative. And so on.

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While this did help in propelling the story forward in each respective show, it didn’t exactly made for a cohesive and rewarding story for the crossover as a whole. This year, they’ll be handling things a little differently. Rather than try to satisfy fans of each show by moving forward the ongoing story with each, they are opting to make more of a four-hour film.

But of course, when doing that, you need to have a focus, and will likely also need someone to lead. Speaking with TV Guide, Arrow producer Wendy Mericle stated that the crossover was “really Oliver’s story.”

“It’s Oliver and one other character in the Arrow-verse’s story. It really explores the question of true love, and what does that look like? It’s emotionally really compelling, and you’re going to be surprised by what he learns and how he learns it and who he learns it from. It’s pretty crazy stuff, I’m not going to lie.”

Given that the story is set to start out at Barry and Iris’ wedding, it sounds like that setting may set the stage for things to come. In regards to the focus, fans of the other shows may be a bit disappointed to hear this Arrow focus, but in the interest in making a single, cohesive and fulfilling story, it makes a lot of sense to do it this way.

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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.