Ever since the arrival of Barry Allen in Star(ling) City in Arrow Season 2, the Arrow-verse has shown increased interconnectedness with each passing year. That said, each hero has still taken centerstage when a crossover episode moved to their respective show. However, Stephen Amell recently admitted that the upcoming "Crisis On Earth-X" crossover will feel far more like a cohesive blend of every Arrow-verse show than ever before. The Arrow star took the stage at Salt Lake Comic-Con and explained:
When we first did the crossover back in our third season and The Flash's first season, it was very much like, it's an episode of Flash where I show up, and it's an episode of Arrow where he shows up. And even last year, it was like, Flash showed up on Supergirl and then it was an episode of Flash, an episode of Arrow and an episode of Legends. This year, it's just a four-hour movie. Technically it goes Supergirl, Arrow, Flash, Legends, but you're not supposed to be watching Supergirl going, 'Okay, this is the Supergirl hour.' It's just the first hour of the crossover.
What he's referring to here definitely makes sense. If Green Arrow appears on an episode of The Flash, then it often still feels like an episode of The Flash that simply features Oliver Queen. Even during last year's "Invasion!" crossover, which saw the biggest ensemble of DC characters on-screen to date), every episode focused on the heroes whose names were at the top of the marquee. (Especially where Supergirl was concerned.) This year, thankfully, things will be fused together much more seamlessly, as every character will play a particular role over the course of the "four-hour movie," as it were.
The excitement for the "Crisis On Earth-X" storyline has already become palpable since its recent reveal. In fact, Stephen Amell explained further during his appearance at Salt Lake Comic-Con that he immediately showed gratitude to the folks behind the Arrow-verse when he initially read the script for the arc. The actor continued:
I can't spoil it, other than to say when I read the crossover scripts this year, I felt compelled to email the original team of Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Marc Guggenheim, and the email just simply said, 'Guys, thank you very much for this opportunity, because it's gonna be really, really cool.'
There is quite a bit to get excited about with this "Crisis On Earth-X" crossover, especially when we look at the core premise of the event. Taking our heroes to an alternate Earth where the Nazis won World War II, the event will see the Arrow-verse heroes face off against evil versions of themselves. Beyond that, the event will also serve as the introduction for Arrow-verse newcomer, The Ray, who is set to be the star of his own CW Seed animated show. The four-way installments will also see Barry Allen and Iris West's relationship culminate in their long-awaited wedding. As far as plot threads go, this is going to be one dense crossover event that we won't want to miss.
Arrow will debut Season 6 on Thursday, October 12 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW -- rounding out the week's premieres of Supergirl Season 3, The Flash Season 4, and Legends of Tomorrow Season 3. The highly-anticipated crossover event will air later this season on November 27 and 28. If you're on the lookout for more information about this fall's biggest TV debuts, then take a look at our fall TV premiere guide to see what else is coming this season!