A few short years ago, Arrow was merely but a standalone show on The CW – and superpowers didn’t exist in that universe. Obviously, that changed before long when Barry Allen was introduced in season 2, thereby serving as a springboard to his own hit series, The Flash. And, in the time since, what’s been appropriately dubbed the “Arrowverse” has expanded with the likes of Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. Well, the latter is technically part of a broader multiverse, but that truly illustrates just how far we’ve come.
Something else about this shared continuity that’s delighted a multitude of viewers is that of the crossovers it’s lent itself to. Each fall, the heroes of the Arrowverse unite to take on a threat too big for any one of them, with each subsequent year’s offering becoming even more grandiose than the one that preceded it. And while the overarching villain for 2017’s mashup remains a mystery at this moment, we do know the next crossover will be contained to two nights but will include all four shows we’ve been discussing.
In addition to broader events such as that, smaller crossovers do occur here and there. As you may remember, the Girl of Steel and the Scarlet Speedster rejoined forces last spring for a musical episode in which they found themselves in a bizarre dreamworld concocted by the Music Meister.
If you were among those who enjoyed that outing though (I recently expressed extreme displeasure for all that song and dance in my season 3 Blu-ray review), you won’t want to hold your breath waiting for another toe-tapper. While speaking at Dragon Con, actress Danielle Panabaker had this to say:
“That musical was pretty ambitious. I think by the time we finished the musical, we were pretty exhausted. To the best of my knowledge we’re not going to do that again this year.”
On behalf of those who share my opinion, I’d like to offer an enthusiastic “hallelujah!” Either way, Panabaker’s Caitlin Snow will have a lot to deal with in the coming year, so it’s probably safe to say she has better things to do than learning choreographed dance moves.
The Flash returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, October 10 on The CW.