Arrow star Stephen Amell is teasing a major Smallville reference in the upcoming Arrowverse crossover "Elseworlds", which will unite Green Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Superman. The three-night event will be comprised of The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl, but will exclude Legends of Tomorrow. The story will entail Barry and Oliver swapping bodies with each other due to a unexplained shift in reality that the two will have to investigate. The crossover will also see the introduction of Gotham City and Ruby Rose as Batwoman along with the Arrowverse debut of Lois Lane, played by Elizabeth Tulloch.
Long before the Arrowverse ever existed, there was Smallville, a TV series centered on a young Clark Kent as he goes through high school, learns how to use his powers, saves the world, and fights alongside other superheroes, like the Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, and Hawkman. The CW series lasted for 10 seasons and ended with Clark Kent donning the iconic suit and becoming Superman.
A recent photo of Stephen Amell with Smallville stars Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum caused speculation that the two would be reprising their roles as Clark Kent and Lex Luthor respectively in "Elseworlds". Amell has since debunked this theory in a Facebook video by explaining that the two are actually collaborating with Amell for his Nocking Point wine business. However, Amell goes on to tease that one particular moment in the crossover will drop a huge reference to the Superman prequel series. Amell also notes that the scene in question may not make it into the final cut.
It is not a Smallville reunion, although I think it becomes pretty clear in the promos for the crossover that there are Smallville elements, at least, in terms of location. And if you're a fan of Smallville, and I have no idea if they're going to keep this in the final cut, but there's a treat for you in there. ... Full disclosure, I've never seen an episode of Smallville before. Sorry! I wasn't that into comic book TV shows when I was growing up. I've since seen a couple, for very obvious reasons. But as someone who wasn't a diehard fan of Smallville, this moment in the crossover made me jump out of my seat. If you're a fan of Smallville, you may want to put down rubber sheets or something like that, because, quite frankly, you might piss your pants.
One possible place for a Smallville reference will come in the first hour of the crossover. According to the episode synopsis, Barry and Oliver will travel to Earth-38's version of Smallville to meet Supergirl and Superman. The scenes in Smallville could include a prop or location from the original show, such as the "Welcome to Smallville" sign or the Kent Farm. Another possibility is that multiple realities will be visited in "Elseworlds", and that one of these realities is the world of Smallville.
Fans of the series have long-requested some sort of acknowledgement of Smallville in the Arrowverse. The introduction of a multiverse in The Flash opened the door for Smallville to exist as one of the Arrowverse's many alternate timelines. Apparently, The Flash TV series from the 1990s will somehow be incorporated, since the show's star, John Wesley Shipp, will be suiting up in his Flash costume in the event. This adds even more fuel to the theory that "Elseworlds" will finally be able to give Smallville fans what they want from the Arrowverse.
"Elseworlds" kicks off with The Flash on Sunday, December 9, and continues with Arrow on Monday, December 10, and Supergirl on Tuesday, December 11, on The CW.
Source: Stephen Amell