The CW launched their DC Comics TV-verse in 2012 with the premiere of Arrow, bringing Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) as hero The Green Arrow to life on the small screen. Since then, the universe has expanded to include The Flash a.k.a. Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and many other heroes and villains within the two series. Early next year, the shared universe will further expand with the premiere of Legends of Tomorrow, which will utilize characters introduced on both established CW shows.
However, before the Legends of Tomorrow team up to face off against Vandal Savage, Arrow and The Flash will unite for another pair of crossover episodes. The first photo from the event-style crossover (expected to air in a few weeks) features heroes from both shows, as well as a couple set to appear in Legends of Tomorrow.
Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim tweeted the photo from the team-up episode with the caption: "This year's Arrow-Flash crossover is only 3 weeks away!" The image features suited up heroes Green Arrow, Speedy (Willa Holland), Black Canary (Katie Cassidy) and John Diggle (David Ramsey) from Arrow, The Flash's titular speedster, as well as Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee) and Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) from Legends of Tomorrow.
Take a look at the photo, below:
In terms of the lineup of the team photo, earlier this year it was teased that Hawkman and Hawkgirl would appear on The Flash and Arrow before suiting up for Legends of Tomorrow. In fact, Kendra Saunders appeared on the recent episode of The Flash, 'The Darkness and The Light'. However, Carter Hall, Hawkman's alter-ego, has yet to make his debut on either series. Still, it seems he will make an appearance in the crossover event, if not in the weeks leading up to it.
Last year, The Flash and Arrow crossover acted as two separate stories for each series, with the characters from the other show added in to help the heroes fight their respective one-off villains. However, Amell has said that this year's crossover will be much more tied together, working "like one two-hour episode of television" and utilizing the same villain across both hours. Amell also teased a scene that included "like, nine superheroes," which may be referring to the group shot released by Guggenheim, or may be a different scene that includes even more heroes.
So far in The Flash season 2 and Arrow season 4, a good part of each show has dedicated time to setting up Legends of Tomorrow. On Arrow, Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) was resurrected, her soul recently restored, and the team will search for the missing - and presumed dead - Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh). Meanwhile on The Flash, the S.T.A.R. Labs team found someone to merge with Professor Stein (Victor Garber) in order to create Firestorm, and introduced Kendra Saunders.
Given the inclusion of Hawkman and Hawkgirl in the promo image for the Arrow/Flash crossover, it seems the event episodes will also help to set up Legends of Tomorrow - if only by establishing the characters before they move on to the new series.
Season 2 of The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7pm central; Season 4 of Arrow airs on Wednesdays at 8/7pm central; Legends of Tomorrow begins in 2016.
Source: Marc Guggenheim