How Many Superheroes The Arrow And Flash Crossover Will Actually Feature

One of the most hotly anticipated events to hit the airwaves as part of the DC universe on television is the upcoming crossover between The CW’s Arrow and The Flash. Both shows have been bigger than ever in their current seasons, and the upcoming premiere of mutual spinoff Legends of Tomorrow has brought even more characters into the universe. According to Arrow star Stephen Amell, who launched the entire CW superhero universe back in 2012, the latest crossover will see an unprecedented number of superheroes in the fold.

We shot a scene, possibly last week, possibly the week before…but it had, like, nine superheroes in it. Nine people with either powers or supersuits. It was an amazing thing to look at, to look out over the scene and see the world that has been built over the course of three-plus years.”

Although Amell did not get into specifics when talking with, Stephen Amell teased a scene unlike any before. Concerning the nine superheroes, the first look photo gives away some of the likely participants. In addition to Oliver Queen’s Green Arrow and Barry Allen’s Flash, we see Thea Queen’s Speedy, Laurel Lance’s Black Canary, John Diggle as Man Who May Or May Not Now Be Called Spartan, and newcomers Kendra Saunders and Carter Hall as Hawkgirl and Hawkman. Those seven are certainly already a mouthful and eyeful, but there are still two vacancies.

Considering that the Flarrow crossover looks to be working as a prologue to Legends of Tomorrow, the most likely candidates to fill the vacancies are Sara Lance as the White Canary, Ray Palmer as the Atom, or Jefferson “Jax” Jackson as Firestorm.

We can presumably rule out the members of Team Arrow and Team Flash who do not regularly venture out into the field. Still, as Felicity, Caitlin, and Cisco are as much members of their teams as the folks in the leathers, we can only hope that they’ll have decent parts to play alongside these nine superheroes. Maybe someone like Rip Hunter and his trench could pop up, as well. After all, this is a crossover of Arrow and The Flash, not the premiere of The Fellowship of the Masks.

The latest crossover of The CW’s superhero universe looks to have an awful lot going on as the two halves play as one big installment split over two nights rather than two separate episodes, and a scene featuring nine people with superpowers or supersuits may well boggle the minds of viewers in the very best way.

The crossover extravaganza will begin with The Flash on Tuesday, December 1 at 8 p.m. ET with “Legends of Today” and conclude with Arrow on Wednesday, December 2 at 8 p.m. ET with “Legends of Yesterday” on The CW. Legends of Tomorrow itself is due to premiere in 2016.

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