“Elseworlds” Crossover Almost Had A Different Name

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Another Arrowverse crossover is in the books, everyone! While we’re immediately concerned and excited for next year’s crossover, we still need to enjoy what “Elseworlds” brought us.

Bless it’s bizarre little heart. “Elseworlds” was a blast.

It almost had a different title, according to Arrowverse producer Marc Guggenheim. This one definitely doesn’t quite capture the tone that “Elseworlds” did.

Talking with Entertainment Weekly, Guggenheim revealed that the title was almost “Identity Crisis”. 

“The problem is that Identity Crisis is another different iconic DC story. While the title would work perfectly for this, it would really be false advertising, because we’re obviously not doing the Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales Identity Crisis story”

He’s not wrong. This 2004 series focused on the Justice League searching for a murderer targeting their family members, kickstarting the story was the murder of Ralph Dibny/Elongated Man’s wife, Sue. The series can be charitably described as controversial and panned for its depiction of sexual assault.

Since then, it’s been largely retconned from DC continuity. Using the title for the crossover, however, would only serve to stir up bad memories, especially given the tone. Admittedly, it probably would have been a more apt title, considering Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Barry (Grant Gustin) are going through an actual identity crisis. 

Still, the actual title would just stir up bad feelings and give the wrong idea about the more light-hearted crossover. Glad they stuck with “Elseworlds”, instead.

Bec Heim

Senior Editor at 4YE
Rebecca "Bec" Heim is the Senior Editor for 4YE. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Scranton. She also has an MA in Film-Radio-Television from Syracuse University and an MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University. She enjoys reading through her ever growing mountain of books, talking way too much about superheroes, and trying to reach transcendental state.
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