Expect Next Year’s DC TV Crossover To Increase The Emotional Stakes

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Although we’ve been sent reeling by the cliffhangers that each DC TV finale left us on and continue pondering what they may mean for each respective series, it’s hard not to think about the next four-show crossover that’ll arrive later this fall. Recently, we were given a reminder of what happened the last time the casts of SupergirlThe Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow joined forces, so it seems highly appropriate to continue looking toward the future.

If there could be one negative spoken about last year’s crossover that saw the Dominators serving as the antagonists, it’s that very little ramifications were felt throughout the rest of the season for the shows individually. Sure, we did get to see various heroes populating the Arrowverse learn of Flashpoint and how it may have affected them specifically, but the crossover itself very much felt like its own isolated storyline.

Thankfully, executive producer Marc Guggenheim intends on adding more gravitas to the next primetime event, as he teased the following on Entertainment Weekly’s podcast:

“Every year we feel the pressure and I do feel like each crossover has topped the previous one. Topping last year’s [crossover] is a high bar, if for no other reason than what do you do that is bigger than aliens? We got some, I think, very, very exciting ideas. I would say, very early on in the process in actually doing last year’s crossover, Greg [Berlanti] said that ‘there’s probably no way to get bigger than aliens’. So the best way to make this year’s crossover especially epic is, if you can’t increase the bombast, increase the emotional stakes and the emotional pay-offs. A very oblique comment on where our heads are at for this season.”

While we may not know what those stakes may be, our hearts already go out to Team Arrow given that they’ll be going into this with much baggage of their own. To be honest, my favorite crossover to date was the one from the previous year that served as a backdoor pilot for Legends, so I don’t mind in the slightest if they need to play it a little smaller.

As of now, no concrete date has been set for the crossover, but do know that the premiere of Supergirl will kick things off for the Arrowverse on Monday, October 9 on The CW.

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