The CW pulls out all the stops for their crossover events. This season there were countless cameos and Easter Eggs spanning the DC Universe. The main cameo that I did not see coming at all was Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen coming face-to-face with Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen! Prior to this, the cameos were dominated by individuals who played significant roles in the past. I also remember when the Suicide Squad was on Arrow and they had to kill some of them off due to continuity issues with the 2016 film. For whatever reason, my mind was still set that there was a very different world between DC TV and DC Films, which made seeing Ezra Miller’s cameo a complete shock to me! It was fun and I did enjoy them commenting on each other’s suits (especially since Miller’s has taken the most criticism).
In an interview with Variety, Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim spoke about how he was able to get Miller on the show since there had been a strict divide between the television and film worlds:
“We were series wrapped on Arrow and we were wrapped on the whole crossover. We were in post and some episodes were locked, and some were soft-locked. I got a phone call from [Warner Bros. boss] Peter Roth saying, ‘I know you’re locked, but can you put Ezra into the crossover?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ And he said, ‘How, you’re series wrapped? And you’re wrapped on the crossover.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I know, but if you’re telling me Ezra Miller can be in the crossover, I can make it happen.’ I called Eric Wallace who is the showrunner of Flash, and he called up Grant Gustin — because the one thing that was our only concern was the thought we didn’t want to do it unless Grant was 100 percent on-board with it. And he was. He was incredibly enthusiastic and on-board with it. And then we got on the phone with Ezra Miller and told him the scene I had written and he was completely into it. And we just went. We put together a unit of the Flash crew on the Flash set [since Arrow’s team, which had produced the rest of the hour, was gone]. And much to our surprise, no one noticed Ezra Miller was in Vancouver and no one leaked it from the crew, which we appreciate. So we were able to keep it a surprise.”
So it was Peter Roth’s idea, which is pretty cool. I wonder why the change of tactics. I am assuming it is because it’s a one-off since there is now the creation of Earth-Prime. I think I am more impressed that none of it actually leaked out with how easy, and common, that is today. Whether you like Ezra Miller as The Flash or not, you have to admit that it was a pretty good pull that I don’t think anyone really saw coming.
What did you think of this year’s crossover event? Did The CW do an amazing job and raise the bar yet again, or do you think it could have been better? What cameo or Easter Egg did you enjoy the best? What were you hoping to see that you didn’t get to? Leave your thoughts in the usual spot, and thanks for reading!
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