Following the epic Flash vs. Arrow crossover event from this past December, The CW is wasting no time in getting some of its various cast members together again. Though Felicity Smoak – the computer genius member of Team Arrow and potential love interest to Oliver Queen – already appeared on The Flash prior to said epic crossover, it looks like she’s going to do it again.
As stated in a new report from Variety, Felicity will be returning to Central City for the 18th episode of the Arrow sister series, and she’ll be bringing Brandon Routh’s Ray Palmer a.k.a. ATOM along with her.
Said producer Andrew Kreisberg:
In episode four of ‘Flash’ when Felicity came by, it wasn’t just a gag… It really was integrated into the story. When you reach what’s going on in ‘The Flash’ at that point in the season, Barry is really at a crossroads. Having Felicity come by exactly when he needs her really plays into the whole storyline. It’s fine because… Ray Palmer is all about technology and STAR Labs is all about technology. We get to see Ray so happy to be in STAR Labs… With Cisco [Carlos Valdes] and Ray, they’re new best friends. The STAR Labs team is going to help Ray further his ATOM project.
Of course, this raises speculation as to whether or not The CW’s planning to back-door pilot a new ATOM series in The Flash. And while that’s an intriguing thought, that possibility is probably still at least another season off. If there’s one thing we can’t call The CW, it’s greedy. They could have easily used Flash to quickly launch yet another series for their slate, or they could’ve picked up Greg Berlanti’s Supergirl. Instead, the network has chosen to play the long game with its superhero series, not unlike Marvel and its movies.
What Palmer heading to Flash indicates more than anything is The CW’s commitment to building a DC world on their network people can be proud of. Does this mean they’ll compromise the integrity of a show to expand it? Doubtful, especially when the network has already announced less than standard plans to expand the universe with the likes of an animated series for Vixen that will air on CW Seed.
We – hopefully – aren’t going to see iZombie meets Arrow. We – probably – aren’t going to see Vixen meets Flash in live-action form. However, we will most likely watch The CW continue finding moments to sell its universe as a single organism that can grow and change with every new major event, and the best way they can do that is by having cast members pop in and out of each other’s series whenever they have the opportunity to do so.
The Flash airs Tuesdays @8pm on The CW.