The annual November crossover between The CW’s Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has become something of a major event. This season’s crossover, Crisis on Earth-X, was the most ambitious yet, playing out like a four-hour movie starring characters from all four series. Even though it’s still fresh in our minds, executive producer Marc Guggenheim says he and his fellow producers are already talking about next year.
Guggenheim made his remarks in a new interview conducted at the ACE Comic Con convention in Phoenix, Arizona this weekend.
The megaproducer says nothing specific has been discussed, though the general consensus is to do something different next year — something “outside the box.”
As to what that could mean, Guggenheim hints that the battle featuring most of the franchise heroes that typically ends each crossover might not occur next time.
So why would producers be discussing episodes and situations that won’t take place until next season this far in advance?
Well, as you might imagine, bringing together the casts and crews of all four shows is a huge undertaking that requires months of careful planning.
Guggenheim says part of the desire to do something different next year comes from just how taxing the crossover was for everyone this season.
Arrow star Stephen Amell is among the cast members who have publically complained about the back-breaking scheduling and budgetary issues.
Another big question regarding next year’s crossover is whether or not The CW’s new superhero show Black Lightning will be involved.
The network’s president made it clear last week in interviews that Black Lightning was never developed to be part of the Arrowverse. Nonetheless, it does feature fellow characters from DC Comics that could easily be incorporated into a crossover next season. In fact, one of the show’s producers admitted last week that he’d be lying if he said the idea hadn’t crossed his mind.