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This Year’s ARROW-verse 4 Show Crossover May Happen for Romantic Reasons

This Year’s ARROW-verse 4 Show Crossover May Happen for Romantic Reasons

Every year, The CW finds a way to make the big Arrow-verse crossover events bigger than ever, and this year is no exception. The network just revealed details about the highly-anticipated crossover with Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, and based on the new intel, the aliens of last year’s crossover epic will bested this year with a storyline based on…love?

According to The CW President Mark Pedowitz, yes. “I do not want to give it away,” Pedowitz explained during the Summer 2017 Television Critics Association Press Tour. “I don’t want to give any spoiler alerts but let me just say, romance is in the air.”

Announced at the 2017 Summer TCA Press Tour, this year’s crossover will take place over two nights (instead of the usual four). The event, airing this fall, begins on Monday, Nov. 27 with an episode of Supergirl leading into an episode of Arrow (which will move to Monday night one time only for this special event). It will conclude on Tuesday, Nov. 28 with an episode of The Flash leading into an episode of Legends of Tomorrow. And yes, you’re reading that right: this is a true, four-show, four-episode crossover, unlike last year’s three-night crossover, where Supergirl only introduced the crossover storyline in its final scene last season.

“It’s a full, four-episode crossover across the board,” Pedowitz promised. And compared to last year, he added, “This will be even bigger.”

Four full episodes full of superhero team-ups and reunions and new relationships? Gosh, when is November again?

 

But what is the crossover going to be about this year? Last year’s alien invasion will be hard to top, and previous crossovers had an important purpose in introducing new series The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. With no new spin-offs debuting this year (because DC Comics series Black Lightning, premiering midseason, will not be a part of the Arrow-verse), Pedowitz still promised that “the crossovers will definitely have a purpose.”

Let’s go back to that romance bit, because obviously that leads us to the multi-series arc. When Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim was later asked to elaborate on what Pedowitz meant by that, he said, “I really can’t, actually.”

“I will say this, [Thursday] we’re going to pitch the network on what the crossover is,” Guggenheim added. “There’s just no way that we can top aliens last year, so [we figured] let’s up the emotional content. At the very least, we know we can bring the emotion. I’m not saying the emotion is romantic, necessarily. I’m just saying, we start from a place of, we wanted there to be some really big emotional turns for our characters. One of the differences about the crossover this year as opposed to years past is, we’re doing some big character moves that affect all four of the shows.”

We have so many questions and so many months to agonize over potential theories until we get answers, so here’s some good news to hold us all over: The CW boss heard how unhappy you were with how dark The Flash got last season. Pedowitz promised that, along with a non-speedster villain for season four, The Flash is “going to try to find the lightness … of the first two seasons” this year. Yes please!

What do you think Pedowitz meant by “romance is in the air?!” What do you think this crossover will be about? Tweet me at @SydneyBucksbaum and let’s chat!

Images: The CW

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