It's a year that could be very good or very disappointing for Arrow-verse fans, though The Flash's Candice Patton seems optimistic folks are going to be psyched. The Iris West-Allen actress spoke about Arrow's finale taking place during "Crisis on Infinite Earths," and revealed it's going to be a tough act for the rest of the Arrow-verse to follow.
It's insane. It's going to be the biggest, the best we've ever done. Obviously Arrow, it's their last season. We want to send them out with a bang. I don't know how we can top what is probably coming with that episode.
The Arrow-verse has had some consistently solid high stakes crossovers in years' past, and this coming one may be the biggest of them all. With Arrow ending and the breadcrumbs dropped in last year's "Elseworlds" and Arrow finale, it appears likely that the series will end with Oliver Queen dying in some way. The Arrow Season 7 finale even showed Oliver's headstone, with his death dated for 2019.
Granted, there could be another reason Oliver isn't around in the future, but bottom line, he probably won't be popping up in other Arrow-verse shows anytime soon. Which, is a big deal. Stephen Amell helped build the Arrow-verse with his portrayal of Oliver Queen, and without him, this fictional universe is going to feel different. When asked how his death (or disappearance/exit) will affect fans, Candice Patton told Comicbook.com it's going to be nothing short of "devastating."
I mean, he's so beloved in all of these cities and by all of these superheroes. I think it's going to be devastating. It's Oliver Queen. You can't replace Oliver Queen, you just can't.
And while there is no replacing Oliver Queen, it would seem The CW can and has replaced Arrow. Besides the fact that Batwoman is premiering in the fall and there's plans for another Arrow-verse show after that, The Flash has come into its own and has surpassed Arrow in popularity over the years. With Arrow coming to an end, The Flash will now be the most senior show in the family.
It's an immense responsibility to be the show that anchors it all together, but it's something The Flash should be able to handle. Patton talked briefly about when she realized The Flash's upcoming promotion of sorts, and how none of it would be possible without Arrow.
It’s really weird, I didn’t notice that until someone said it earlier. We’re the senior class now, it’s crazy. You have to give credit to Arrow, they’re the ones who started this. This show, this cast, these producers. They laid the groundwork for what makes these shows successful and we followed the template. We did our own thing, but they really figured out, through trial and error, what makes a show last for eight seasons. We owe them a lot for giving us a pathway to be successful.
Arrow is owed a lot, which may be why so much work went into making the show's send off such an event. The original Crisis on Infinite Earths comic marked a new era in DC Comics, so it's only fitting the mega crossover will likely do the same for the Arrow-verse. Let's just hope the franchise can continue to thrive without the Green Arrow swooping in and out of adventures.
The Arrow-verse's "Crisis on Infinite Earths," crossover kicks off with Supergirl on The CW Sunday, December 8 at 8 p.m. ET. Stick with CinemaBlend for more details on the crossover in the meantime, and for the latest news on what's happening in the world of television and movies.