Television is getting even more exciting for those who are into the superhero genre, with both Marvel and DC offering a lineup of comic book adaptations on the small screen this season - including shows that are linked together in one shared universe, and may (or may not) be tied to the movies as well.
On the DC side, we have fan-favorite Arrow returning for season 3, with new companion series The Flash kicking off this week as well. Naturally, fans are excited about the prospect of seeing Green Arrow and Flash onscreen together - and producers of both shows have already confirmed that crossovers (plural) will be happening; they could be happening semi-frequently (in various capacities); and they could even lead to something as big as a TV Justice League (that would be separate from the upcoming Justice League movie).
In speaking with Arrow producer Marc Guggenheim about season 3, Collider inquired about further details of the Arrow/Flash crossover to help whet fans' appetites. Here's how Guggenheim feels about it:
It’s so freakin’ awesome! It really is. I’ve never had so much fun writing a script before, maybe in my life. It was such a blast to work on. We’re filming the Arrow episode right now, and it’s just so much fun. I keep telling everyone that we should try for Avengers. It’s these two heroes together with a big production value. We’re blowing out the doors on this. There’s the opportunity for inside jokes, and seeing all of the characters together. What happens when Cisco gets his eyes on Thea? There are moments like that, that you just can’t do in a normal episode. It’s just so much fun. It’s really going to be a blast.
Marvel has already tackled TV series crossovers thanks to an appearance by Agent Carter (star of her own upcoming TV show) in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 premiere. While those Marvel shows also have the (arguable) advantage of also linking back to the movies, it's a pretty safe bet to say that most comic book fans will be hyped at the thought of seeing two superheroes (both given proper development in their own respective series) actually sharing the screen, possibly battling, and going on missions.
It's not something that's been done before (crossovers of fully developed superhero characters) and it's definitely going to get fans' attention. This TV universe could arguably even jump networks from The CW and incorporate something like TNT's upcoming Teen Titans show, Titans (it's all under the WB umbrella, show it's all possible).
We learned at SDCC 2014 that the 8th episodes of Arrow season 3 and Flash season 1 will each be two-hour crossover event episodes - pretty much backing up what executive producer Greg Berlanti meant when he said that the DC TV universe can arguably do more than the movies. We're already looking at four hours of superhero team-up - with characters like The Atom (Brandon Routh) and Firestorm also on the way.