WBTV and DC Comics are doing quite well for themselves on the small screen, primarily with their CW shared universe shows, Arrow and The Flash. With former holding strong in its third season on air and the latter showing an impressive ratings debut in its freshman year, both series are currently standing strong on their own while offering fans two different flavors of superhero TV. It should come as no surprise, then, that having these two DC superheroes cross paths is going to be a very big deal.
We already got a preview of the Arrow/Flash two-part crossover event, with details including a famous rogue (Captain Boomerang) being involved, and Arrow and Flash butting heads (and trading blows) at some point. Today, however, we have the full breakdown – courtesy of some new episode synopses released by WBTV.
Needless to say: MINOR SPOILERS FOLLOW!!!
Part 1: “Flash vs. Arrow”
“Barry is thrilled when Oliver, Felicity and Diggle come to Central City to investigate a case involving a deadly boomerang. Excited about teaming up with his friend, Barry asks Oliver if he’d like to help him stop Ray Bivolo (guest star Patrick Sabongui), the meta-human Barry is currently tracking. Bivolo causes people to lose control of their emotions and has been using that skill to rob banks. Unfortunately, the superhero partnership doesn’t go as smoothly as Barry expected. When Oliver tells Barry he still has a lot to learn, Barry sets out to prove him wrong by attempting to stop Bivolo alone. However, when Bivolo infects Barry and sets him on a rage rampage, everyone is in danger, and the only one who can stop him is the Arrow. Meanwhile, Iris is furious when Eddie tries to get a task force to stop The Flash, Joe and Dr. Wells agree the Arrow is a bad influence on Barry, and Caitlin and Cisco deal with a new team in S.T.A.R. Labs.”
Part 2: “The Brave and The Bold”
“Oliver, Arsenal and Diggle track down the location of a boomerang-wielding killer named Digger Harkness (guest star Nick Tarabay) but are surprised when they come face to face with an A.R.G.U.S. team. Diggle asks Lyla why A.R.G.U.S. is involved but she defers until Harkness attacks the building, killing several agents and targeting Lyla. The Arrow joins the fight and gets help from an old friend – The Flash. Harkness manages to get away and Oliver teams up with Barry again to find him before he can get to Lyla. When Harkness plants five bombs in the city that are timed to explode at the same time, both teams must come together to save the city.”
Fans have been debating all season long about how a more lighthearted and whimsical show like The Flash compares to a darker and grittier show like Arrow. Factor in other DC TV shows either on air already (Gotham) or headed to broadcast (Titans, Supergirl) and it’s been clear that DC is going for wide variety compared to Marvel’s brand consistency of balanced fun and action.
What sounds most intriguing about this Flash/Arrow team up is that it will accentuate both series’ respective identities, while also serving as an almost meta examination of their differences. The geek in me is probably most excited to see Team Arrow and Team Flash having conflict about how to do this superhero thang properly; not actual fighting conflict, but rather great scenes of dialogue between these two strong ensemble casts.
It will be curious to see what awkward things Felicity says when she’s wedged between her two warring crushes (Barry and Oliver); it will be just as curious to see if, between the two squads, anyone begins to suspect that Dr. Wells’ (Tom Cavanagh) intentions are less than noble. Team Arrow isn’t all that big on trust… (with good reason, at this point).
The Flash “Flash vs. Arrow” will air on December 2nd @ 8/7c on The CW.
Arrow “The Brave & The Bold” will air on December 3rd @8/7c on The CW.
Both episodes will be special two-hour long events.