Production for this year's DCTV crossover, called "Crisis on Earth-X", is officially underway. Having the characters from all four superhero shows on The CW (Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow) come together to fight a common threat has become a yearly and highly anticipated event. The trend was first started when Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) appeared on Arrow before spinning off onto his own show in The Flash and has continued over the years to great success (and fun).
Last year's crossover was titled "Invasion!" and dealt with the heroes taking on a group of aliens known as the Dominators. It wasn't the only crossover event either. The Flash and Supergirl had their own special musical crossover that let the actors show off their impressive singing abilities and won over fans with its heartwarming storylines.
To celebrate this year's crossover event, Warner Brothers and The CW commissioned legendary comic book artist Phil Jimenez to create a custom comic book cover that takes inspiration from the classic comic book crossovers that have inspired the TV event. Executive producers Marc Guggenheim & Andrew Kreisberg expressed their joy over the image:
We conceived this year’s crossover to be evocative of the annual Justice League/Justice Society crossovers we grew up with and looked forward to as kids. Phil was the perfect choice to bring the comic book cover iteration of this idea to life. You can count on one hand the number of artists who could compellingly represent so many characters in a single image. Phil is one of them. And his design invokes the cover of Justice League #207, which was the 20th Annual JLA/JSA crossover. Our ten year-old selves are in heaven.
Jimenez also spoke about what it meant to him to be able to create such an image as both an artist and a comic book fan:
Some of the first DC Comics I ever read were those insane crossovers with a dozen characters from alternate earths and dimensions -- the kind of stuff I later became known for! So when CW asked me to do an homage cover inspired by those amazing team up covers, I couldn't resist, the chance to draw all of The CW’s DC Super-Heroes in one crazy action sequence was insanely fun and exciting. And Romulo Fajardo'a colors brought everything to life!
The Arrowverse crossover will take place across two nights on Monday, November 27th and Tuesday, November 28th on The CW. The logline for "Crisis on Earth-X" reads:
With all of the heroes in town to celebrate Barry and Iris's wedding, villains from Earth-X crash the festivities with a deadly agenda.
Because what's a superhero wedding without some uninvited supervillain guests?
Supergirl season 3 premieres Monday, October 9 at 8 PM on The CW. On Tuesday October 10th The Flash season 4 premieres at 8 PM and Legends of Tomorrow season 3 at 9 PM. Arrow season 6 premieres on the show’s new day and time, Thursday October 12 at 9 PM.
Source: The CW