It's somewhat strange to consider that four series based on DC Comics characters are currently airing on television. While Gotham and Constantinefill different genre niches on other networks, pure superhero yarns – once a difficult sell on the small screen – have hit their stride most prominently with the shared universe featured on CW's Arrowand The Flash.
Though The Flash technically began with a crossover of sorts by spinning off from Arrow, this week marks the first major melding of both series. Kicking off on The Flash tomorrow night at 8 p.m., the "Flash vs. Arrow" storyline promises to show off the strengths of CW's superheroes – as well as their respective series – in a much-hyped mini-event. A new, extended trailer for the first episode of the crossover can be viewed at the top of this post, and it contains some wonderfully tantalizing tidbits.
Not only will the episode center on an all-out brawl between Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), this latest preview also reveals the return of Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and the debut of Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell). Additionally, the preview shows off a generous helping of The Flash's wry (and sometimes cornball) humor – the standout being the unflappable John Diggle (David Ramsey)'s nonplussed reaction to Barry's super-speed.
Despite being in its relative infancy as a television series, The Flash has enjoyed more-than-decent ratings and generous (though not rave) reviews. With "The Flash vs. Arrow," the show is looking to cement itself as a CW mainstay alongside Arrow in a big way. Given how well the two series have handled their interconnection so far, it's likely that the event will be a success. Even so, there is a chance that the crossover – like so many before it – will come off as contrived rather than clever.
Fortunately, we won't have to wait long. Place your bets sooner rather than later, because "The Flash vs. Arrow" will premiere its first part in less than 24 hours.
The first episode of the "Flash vs. Arrow" event premieres on The Flash on December 2nd, 2014. The second will follow on Arrow on December 3rd. Both episodes air @8pm on The CW.
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