The Elseworld’s Crossover of the Arrowverse has now left many fans scratching their heads, but the newest plot details revealed have given us some more answers.
As revealed by Entertainment Weekly, the report dubs the details about the event, including what incident brings Tha Flash, Supergirl and Green Arrow together.
“The three-night event begins with Arkham Asylum doc John Deegan (Lost’s Jeremy Davies) rewriting reality, which results in Oliver (Amell) and Barry (Gustin) swapping lives. In this new reality, Oliver Queen looks like Gustin and Barry Allen looks like Amell, and the two heroes are the only ones who know they’re in the wrong lives and have each other’s powers.”
This somewhat explains the first teasers for the upcoming crossover event, which featured Oliver and Barry’s life swap in some totally bizarre ways, along with a poster that shows the pair wearing each other’s costumes.
“You’re not going to see me playing Oliver Queen’s mannerisms, or Stephen playing Barry’s mannerisms. It’s more being aware that for some reason we’ve switched lives and destinies. It’s more the fun of the situational comedy that we keep finding ourselves in, and less us having a complete role reversal,” Gustin tells EW. “We get to see Stephen do some of the more goofy speed stuff I have to do on a regular basis, and I get some actual combat as Green Arrow. So, we just see different colors for each of us.”
“Having superpowers is crazy! Wearing the Flash suit is crazy!” says Amell. “The idea is that in order to be the best version of Barry Allen, which I have to be because we face a threat, there are elements of his personality I have to embrace, and there are elements of my personality that he has to embrace.”
As the report continues, Supergirl gets pulled in because she’s the only one who can tell what’s up with Allen and Oliver, and she agrees to help get things straight.
“My initial reaction in reading the scripts this year was that it would be a hoot to film.” Supergirl star Melissa Benoist explained in the interview. “The comedy just lives in this. Even just seeing them in each other’s suits is funny; they’re literally putting themselves in each other’s shoes! …[Kara] inevitably becomes kind of a middleman because ultimately there’s conflict between the two and they start butting heads.”
“She’s trying to help them navigate what they’re going through and support them and kind of battle their way back to being who they’re supposed to be,” Supergirl EP Robert Rovner added.
As it looks like, this setup will allow some really unique interactions between the Arrowverse’s trio, which fans wouldn’t have seen before in crossovers. A scene highlights this in a major way, with all three heroes locked up in Gotham, leading to Kara “refereeing an argument” between Oliver and Barry.
“The most fun aspect about really focusing on the leads is we really had a chance to tell a story about the troika that we’ve never really been able to do before,” Arrow consulting producer Marc Guggenheim explained. “When you have Legends of Tomorrow part of it, and all of the other secondary and supporting characters, the amount of time we had Grant and Stephen and Melissa on screen together was actually pretty minimal in other crossovers compared to this year.”