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After two years of crossovers between Arrow and The Flash (one casual and another tightly connected) the DC CW universe is upping its game for the third year by throwing Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow into the mix. The four-part crossover is still a couple months away from hitting airwaves, but fans have been speculating for a long time what will be the danger/threat that brings all these heroes together for a week. Now we finally have the answer: an entire alien race known as the The Dominators.
The CW announced today (via EW) that The Dominators will be the main villains in the four-part crossover between Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. No specific details were revealed about how they will be used on the small screen, but here's what Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim said about their inclusion:
This year, for our mega 'Arrowverse' crossover, we're taking inspiration from a DC crossover from the late 1980s known as Invasion!, which featured an alien race called the Dominators, who'd previously vexed the Legion of Superheroes. We're using cutting edge prosthetics and computer effects to achieve a feature film-quality look which is faithful to Invasion! artist Todd McFarlane's interpretation of the characters.
As Guggenheim noted, the Dominators, a technologically advanced alien race, originally started out as foes of the Legion of Super-Heroes, who were teased during Supergirl Season 1. However, the Dominators' big moment to shine came in the Invasion! event, where they were the driving force behind an Alien Alliance that attacked Earth because they were worried about the growing population of metahumans. As seen in the picture above, they're one of the uglier comic book alien races out there, but fortunately, it sounds like The CW won't waste any expense in making their TV counterparts look similar to how Spawn creator Todd McFarlane designed them in the late 1980s. Outside of the comics, they appeared in the Legion of Super-Heroes animated series and cameoed in the animated film Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.
Aliens pop up in Supergirl on a regular basis, but for the heroes on the other three shows, this will be their first time battling villains from another planet, as they mainly deal with metahumans magic, sci-fi oddities and general crime. It was previously reported that Kara Zor-El would be the primary connective tissue of the crossover, as she has to go to Earth-1 to deal with a "powerful force." It's fitting that this force will be an alien hoard, as fighting these kinds of enemies are her speciality, so she can guide Green Arrow, Flash and the others during this epic conflict.
These crossover episodes haven't been assigned air dates yet, but if the previous years are any indication, we can likely expect them in early December. In the meantime, click here to find out when Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow (not to mention your other favorite shows) will begin their new seasons.