For the past couple years, The CW has managed to stage some pretty big crossover events between all their DC shows. Last year’s “Invasion” was a massive three-part event (well, four parts if you count the last minute and a half of Supergirl) that saw our heroes taking on an otherworldly threat.
However, while the crossover episodes may work on some level, there’s always been something somewhat unfulfilling about them. The episodes don’t play out one like cohesive story, and are instead kind of awkward compositions that take it from one perspective at a time. While that approach has its merits — mostly in actually actively progressing storylines in each show during the crossover — it does have the negative effect of not letting the story actually feel like it’s its own distinct thing.
It sounds like that’ll change in this season’s crossover. According to Stephen Amell, they will be nixing that approach for the upcoming crossover extravaganza that was recently revealed as “Crisis on Earth-X.”
“When we first did the crossover back in our third season and The Flash‘s first season, it was very much like, it’s an episode of Flash where I show up, and it’s an episode of Arrow where he shows up. And even last year, it was like, Flash showed up on Supergirl and then it was an episode of Flash, an episode of Arrow and an episode of Legends. This year, it’s just a four-hour movie. Technically it goes Supergirl, Arrow, Flash, Legends, but you’re not supposed to be watching Supergirl going, ‘Okay, this is the Supergirl hour.’ It’s just the first hour of the crossover.”
From my personal perspective, I think this is a great idea. In getting rid of that episode-by-episode approach, they’ve opened up the opportunity for them to tell something that’s closer to, say, The Defenders than it is to last year’s “Invasion.”
Does that necessarily make it better? Not if it’s approached the wrong way, but I’m hopeful they’ll be able to actually make this work. Take this as you will, but Amell seemed to be pretty excited about the story opportunity presented.
“I can’t spoil it, other than to say when I read the crossover scripts this year, I felt compelled to email the original team of Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Marc Guggenheim, and the email just simply said, ‘Guys, thank you very much for this opportunity, because it’s gonna be really, really cool.’”
So what do you think? Is this a right approach for them to take, or will this only encourage viewers of other shows not to tune in since very little in-season plot points are likely to be addressed with each individual show? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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