The annual Arrowverse crossovers have just kept getting bigger and bigger each year, with last year’s “Crisis on Earth-X” storyline managing to unite every single hero across Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow as well as several more from the alternate universe of the title. Clearly, it would be impossible to top that in 2018 and so the production crew have made the sensible decision of cutting Legends out of the equation.
While attending FanX this weekend, stars Brandon Routh (Atom) and Caity Lotz (White Canary) were asked about their show’s absence from the next big crossover event. Routh wasn’t phased by it and is just excited to continue having adventures on the Waverider while the the rest of the series do their thing.
“We’ll just go on kicking butt over in our part of the world or part of time. While they’re busy doing whatever they’re doing we’re helping everyone else.”
Lotz opened up a little bit more about why Legends is sitting this one out, citing the enormous cast of the time travel ensemble show as the reason its inclusion complicates matters so much. This is something that was previously echoed by Legends’ exec producer Keto Shimizu, too.
“I mean, our show really is quite different from the other shows so it doesn’t quite fit as well or as easily and just logistically crossovers are very difficult to do and so when you already have so many characters from Arrow and Flash and we’re like ‘hey, we’ve got our whole cast of eight!’ it’s very hard to work everyone in and still have great storylines so I think they’re really going to try to focus on building out specific storylines rather than staying surface with tons.”
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Finally, Routh made a very good point that you don’t need to see the Legends crossover with the other series for their exploits to feel special. “Our show is like watching a crossover every week,” the star added.
In any case, there will certainly be enough going on in this year’s crossover to distract fans from the fact that the Waverider crew isn’t taking part. The big highlight is that it’ll see the debut of Ruby Rose’s Batwoman as well as the introduction of Gotham City into the Arrowverse. Tyler Hoechlin will also be reprising his role as Superman, with the casting process currently underway to find his Lois Lane.
The Arrowverse crossover will take place across the eighth episodes of the series, airing on December 9th-11th, and as soon as we learn more about what’s in store, we’ll be sure to let you know.