It’s not a secret that DCTV’s superhero crossover extravaganza will be the biggest television event of the season. It’s Arrow meets The Flash meets DC’s Legends of Tomorrow meets Supergirl. With so many iconic comic characters, there has to be a good reason for them to team up.
If you’re thinking about one big bad to unite them all (similar to last year’s big disappointment Vandal Savage), you’re thinking too small.
As Warner Bros announced, our heroes will be facing a whole set of Big Bads.
“This year, for our mega ‘Arrowverse’ crossover, we’re taking inspiration from a DC crossover from the late 1980s known as Invasion!, which featured an alien race called the Dominators, who’d previously vexed the Legion of Superheroes”, explains Arrow and Legends boss Marc Guggenheim.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Dominators, here’s a short description of the original DC Comics characters.
“The Dominators, collectively known as the Dominion, are an alien race from the outer cosmos of the universe. They are highly technologically advanced, and live in a rigid hierarchical society, in which one’s caste is determined by the size of a red circle on one’s forehead. They are master geneticists who can manipulate the meta-gene to enhance members of their own caste.”
From mirakuru soldiers to meta humans and now aliens; our favorite heroes have not had it easy in the past five years, but for the crossover special the producers and writers really go all out.
For shows such as Flash or Supergirl, which regularly deal with superhuman beings the idea seems perfect, while aliens might be sore subject for Arrow.
After last season’s approach to dar(h)k magic has been criticized a lot, the show had decided to take a step back and return to its roots,. This included going back to more reality-based themes.
It is likely, however, that the crossover event will be a four-night spectacle all on its own, and unrelated to the greater story arcs of each show.
But it is not just the villain that is superior to your regular Legends of Superflarrow bad guy. The massive creative team behind all four shows is taking the production process one step further.
“We’re using cutting edge prosthetics and computer effects to achieve a feature film-quality look which is faithful to Invasion! artist Todd McFarlane’s interpretation of the characters“, said Guggenheim.
If you are looking for a first taste at what a shared universe of all these superheroes could look like, check out the Superhero Fight Club 2.0, which was recently released on the CW App.
This promo is a huge step up from last year’s, which included not even half of the characters that are included now. These include Cisco, Felicity or Diggle, which function as wonderful comic relief characters. Is there anything more amusing that Cisco and Felicity geeking out over tech that could possibly harm their friends? Only Diggle’s reaction to an alien arriving.
The promised “feature film look” is already established in that promo, including the massive use of CGI. It does seem rather unusual at first. We won’t complain about watching a four hour movie about or favorite comic characters.
Your favorite superhero shows return next week, starting with The Flash on Tuesday, October 4th at 7/8 ct on The CW.
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