It may have been wild to fathom at first, but it happened. Lucifer fans got a thrill via the recent Arrow-verse crossover that saw Tom Ellis traverse networks to The CW for a cameo. It was a great way to satiate fans of the character as they anxiously await the two-part final season of the Netflix series. Lucifer’s co-showrunner has responded to the cameo setting up an Arrow-verse connection.
Rumors about Lucifer’s main character making the leap from Netflix to The CW for “Crisis on Infinite Earths” abounded back in October. Cut to December, and The Flash’s installment of the Arrow-verse crossover brought Lucifer on to help Diggle, Mia and Constantine, save Oliver’s soul. The scene revealed a connection between Constantine and Lucifer, thus creating one between the Arrow-verse and Lucifer. How did they do it?
It turns out that Constantine helped Lucifer’s friend Maze, so Lucifer ended up repaying the favor during “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” Lucifer's Arrow-verse cameo accordingly dropped a potentially major reveal for Lucifer as a show. What does Lucifer’s co-showrunner, Joe Henderson, make of Constantine and Lucifer’s connection? Henderson jokingly told EW:
I have theories [about Lucifer and Constantine’s past relationship] and we should explore it in the spin-off.
He was kidding, but Lucifer fans would certainly not mind it if he was not. Given how many wanted to push for a sixth season of the cult series, they would probably be on board for a Lucifer/Constantine spinoff. There is a lot to newly explore between these two! While the Arrow-verse opened up a vein of story opportunities, Lucifer is slated to end with sixteen episodes.
The Arrow-verse should be around for a while, though, so who knows. Lucifer made an appearance one time. Why would he not show up again? As for the significant “Crisis on Infinite Earths” scene, it turns out that Lucifer’s creative team did consult on it. However, the idea for it reportedly sprang from the mind of Flash writer and proclaimed Lucifer fan, Lauren Certo. (She is in good company).
Can you imagine getting to bring a character from a show you love onto the one you are writing? That is next-level fan fiction, right there. Speaking of which, Lucifer’s co-showrunner, Joe Henderson, revealed two additions that team Lucifer made to the original Arrow-verse scene. Both of which seem to center around Lucifer’s distinctive sense of humor. Henderson said:
By the way, credit where credit is due: That scene, we only added two things to it. One, I pitched the flirt joke, which Tom surprised the actor who plays Diggle with. I wish we’d been covering his side because you got a great reaction from him. And then the Constantine, Constantyne [bit], that was Tom having heard about the debate from one of our writers. Other than that, that was all them [on The Flash]. And I thought they did such a wonderful job of capturing the voice, knowing how to write Lucifer, because Lauren Certo, [who] watches the show [and] is a fan of it, wrote our Lucifer, which was lovely.
What a compliment! Lucifer’s side seems to entirely approve of what The Flash’s cooked up with their main character. It has to be a relief to have the cameo out there and still generating buzz! Since it aired, Tom Ellis has opened up about his wild guest appearance in the Arrow-verse.
For now, fans can contemplate Lucifer’s return on his original show. Between his devil status remaining a secret to some and the final season’s revealing storyline, there is a lot to anticipate. For now, Lucifer’s Arrow-verse cameo provided a bit of an appetite quencher. Not to mention a bridge between the two universes!
The cameo is giving fans something to talk about as they anxiously await the premiere of Lucifer Season 5’s first half in 2020 on Netflix. The Arrow-verse crossover event “Crisis on Infinite Earths” is not over yet. It will continue next year on The CW as Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow wrap it up this winter, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.