The second half of The CW’s one-two punch has yet to even air, but the producers of Arrow and The Flash are already making the most of their shared universe. Big things are expected from the series crossover event – told across the two-hour Episode 8 of both shows – and according to the producers, the story will pack one heck of a surprise. Not to mention lead to some of the biggest laughs in The Flash‘s early days – even at the expense of Oliver Queen.
A few new details about the action and characters involved in the crossover were recently released, emphasizing just how much the producers of both CW shows are clearly enjoying the work required in bringing Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) together. And speaking with MTV News at a recent premiere event, the producers made a few more comments sure to make the event a must-see for even casual viewers.
Beginning with The Flash in an episode titled “Flash vs. Arrow” (explained by producer Andrew Kreisberg by revealing that “you put the winner first! Wait no, it’s a tie. I’m teasing”), the network has given Arrow fans a major reason – if they needed another – to tune in to The Flash as well:
“We have one of the biggest surprises on Arrow of all time on The Flash episode. And both episodes are really important for Barry’s growth… There’s a line in there that I will spoil because every time Grant said it, [I cracked up]. He goes, ‘When I fight you, it is literally like you’re standing still.’ And what’s hilarious about it is the unbelievable joy with which Grant delivers that line.”
While the “biggest surprise” is a bold claim given the number of twists and character deaths that have occurred in the previous two seasons of Arrow, but saving a major twist to give The Flash an extra boost would make sense. And as the producers continued to talk up the crossover, it became clear that the humor wasn’t going to be limited to Barry Allen’s ability to do what few others can, besting Oliver Queen in hand-to-hand combat.
It’s fairly obvious at this point that the grounded realism that helped define Arrow in its early stages will be vacant from The Flash, with dozens of metahumans emerging alongside Barry Allen as particularly ‘gifted.’ But in Starling City, Oliver Queen and his team – Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) and John Diggle (David Ramsey) – have so far only witnessed super-strong soldiers.
With superpowers becoming even rarer in Season 3, the arrival of Barry’s team has some humorous results; according to Grant Gustin, “David Ramsey is funnier than he’s ever been… what he’s seeing is blowing his mind.” As Kreisberg explained, the opportunity to blend the two shows’ tones – The Flash‘s lighthearted action with Arrow‘s super-serious drama – was one that the writers simply couldn’t pass up:
“When we were working on the script, we realized that the best part of ‘The Flash’ episode was this meta commentary on how serious everyone is in ‘Arrow,’ and so there’s a lot of jokes at Oliver’s expense in The Flash side of it. But then what was fun was when we went to do the Arrow side of it, it became the reverse, where Barry and Caitlin and Cisco… all have to face ‘Oh wow, what you guys do is serious.’ So they’re sort of playing at a different level.
“On Flash people go out for a drink at the end of the day, and they’re all friends, and they all care about each other, so there has been some talk about at the end of one episode, everyone going to a karaoke bar.”
Add these comments to the growing pile of evidence suggesting Arrow‘s producers are aware of the ‘grim and gloomy’ reputation the show is receiving. They’ve spoken at length about the addition of Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) intended to add some humor, and that clearly includes taking some low blows at their series star. After all: what are friends for?
We invite any and all theories on what the ‘biggest surprise’ in Arrow history could be (hopefully something more substantial than an Ollie/Felicity kiss), but it sounds as if the show’s producers are truly looking to make the most out of the 4-hour shared event between their two TV heroes. Will you be tuning in to see how it plays out?
Arrow season 3 Premieres on Wednesday, October 8th @ 8/7c on The CW.
The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 @8PM on The CW.
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Source: MTV News