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'Supergirl' 'Flash' & 'Arrow' EPs Dish on 'Smallville' Easter Eggs in 'Elseworlds' Crossover

The CW’s Elseworlds crossover kicked off with a special episode of The Flash on Sunday, and featured a pretty epic moment for longtime fans of DC Comics’ various TV adaptations. 

The crossover event — which this year includes Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl — opened with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) realizing that they’ve swapped bodies and the whole world believes them to be living the other’s life. When the guys ventured to Earth-38 to see if another of their super-powered pals, Kara Danvers, aka Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), remembered them as their true selves, they landed in a very familiar spot.

As the familiar strains of Remy Zero’s “Save Me” swept nostalgic fans back to the early aughts of The WB, Barry and Oliver touched down on the Kent farm — the same Vancouver location used for young Superman’s family home on the Tom Welling-starring series, Smallville, which aired on the network from 2001-11.

“Just the whole idea of going there and going to the farm and the homage to Smallville, yeah, that was an idea that came up pretty quickly.” Flash showrunner Todd Helbing told reporters last week of the fun Elseworlds nods to DC TV heroes past. “It was probably at the same time that the song came up.”

While Helbing and his fellow crossover producers couldn’t recall exactly how the ideas for the tribute came about, they credited former Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow EP Marc Guggenheim, who now serves as an executive consultant on both shows, for some of the nostalgic Easter eggs.

As for the decision to take the team to the familiar farm to meet with Kara and her equally-heroic cousin, Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin, reprising his role as The CW’s Superman), Supergirl EP Robert Rovner noted, “We felt [it was a good place] to reset them.”

“Kara’s dealing with stuff in the aftermath of our midseason finale,” he explained, “Clark has been on Argo City, so it felt like a great place for them to reconvene and figure out their problems together. And to meet Lois.”

Grimm alum Bitsie Tulloch made her first appearance as The CW’s Lois Lane on Sunday’s episode, introducing the intrepid reporter as Clark’s formidable other half. Rovner raved that bringing the iconic couple together on screen once again was an “amazing” experience.

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“We’ve dreamed of having Lois Lane be on Supergirl. We’ve talked about her since the beginning,” he recalled. “So that was great. When I first saw them together, it felt like we were entering the canon in a new fresh way, seeing them reunite for the first time in our universe, and that was thrilling.”

Tulloch will return for part three of the crossover on Tuesday’s special episode of Supergirl, but as for bringing the character back in future episodes, Rovner remained hopeful.

“Bitsie Tulloch is great at embodying everything that is iconic about Lois, and we just love ‘em together,” he noted. “I think the plan was for her to be in this, but if DC allows and the story takes us, we would love to have her back.”

The actress told ET last week that she’d love to return as well, raving about the experience of playing one of the DC Comic canon’s most iconic women.

“One of the reasons I love the character is that she has qualities of being so career-driven and determined and sassy and almost a little bit aggressive when she’s on a mission, but also really romantic and sweet and so in love with Clark,” she noted. “All of that came through in the writing. These are big episodes… [but] it was definitely enough to get the point across to the fans that this is her personality and this is what she represents and adds to the equation.”

Night two of the crossover, a special episode of Arrow, will find the still-swapped Barry and Oliver traveling once again — this time to Gotham City to meet another new face in the DC Comics TV canon: Ruby Rose’s Batwoman.

Caroline Dries, who is executing producing Rose’s Batwoman standalone series, noted that the crossover event is a full-circle moment for some of the shows’ producers, who also worked on Smallville and longed to dive deeper into the DC universe.

“All of a sudden, we can do stuff [we weren’t allowed to before] and, for a bunch of geeks like us, you’re in heaven,” she marveled of creating a new version of Gotham for the small screen. “It’s [all about] trying to figure out what you want to use. That was really fun, I think, for everyone.”

The Elseworlds crossover continues Monday with Arrow and Tuesday with a special episode of Supergirl, both at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.


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The First Promo for 'Arrow,' 'Flash' & 'Supergirl' Crossover Features a Bizarre Olicity and Westallen Mashup!

This is not Oliver Queen’s beautiful house!

The first promo for The CW’s epic, multi-show superhero crossover event dropped on Monday, giving fans a look at the bizarre body-swapping to come in the DC Comics-inspired “Elseworlds” story arc, which will span episodes of Supergirl, The Flash and Arrow

In the clip, Oliver (Stephen Amell) wakes up in an unfamiliar apartment with Iris (Candice Patton) wishing him good morning, and is clearly confused by the circumstances. Iris doesn’t seem to find anything out of place, however, offering him pancakes and a kiss as he glances at a photo of them as a happy couple. 

Things get really weird, however, when she tells him, “I love you, Barry Allen.”

So what happened? How did Oliver end up in Barry’s body? And more importantly, where is the real Barry (Grant Gustin) and where is Oliver’s real wife, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards)? Answers are being carefully kept under wraps, though the network did release a poster which revealed Oliver and Barry will also be swapping superhero alter egos and suits — as well as wives, apparently.

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We also know that the crossover will include a who’s who of super-powered cameos, including Ruby Rose’s introduction as Batwoman, Tyler Hoechlin’s return as Superman and Elizabeth Tulloch’s introduction as Lois Lane.

The Flash star Hartley Sawyer gushed to ET’s Deidre Behar about the upcoming crossover at the annual Stand Up for Pits benefit in Los Angeles on Sunday.

“Reading the scripts and hearing the ideas and seeing the photos, I was like, ‘This feels like a special run of comic books and we’re now going to do it!'” he marveled. “I just know in my heart people are going to love it.”

The crossover event begins with The Flash on Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, continues with Arrow on Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and concludes with Supergirl on Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.


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EXCLUSIVE: 'Arrow' Cast Talks Olicity, Oliver's Journey as a Father & Who Survived the Season 5 Finale!

Playing EXCLUSIVE: ‘Arrow’ Cast Talks Olicity, Oliver’s Journey as a Father & Who Survived the Season 5 Finale!

After almost crashing a Justice League photo shoot at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, the Arrow cast — Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Katie Cassidy, Echo Kellum, Juliana Harkavy, and Rick Gonzalez — sat down with ET’s Ash Crossan to dish on all things season six!

Following the explosive season five finale — in which everyone but Oliver and his son, William (Jack Moore), were trapped on Lian Yu as explosions blanketed the island — there are a lot of question marks headed into the upcoming season of The CW’s flagship superhero show. The cast kept mum on their respective fates — appropriately, only Amell spoke up when they were asked point-blank to “raise your hand if you’re alive next season.”

“What am I supposed to say!” he hilariously exclaimed, when pressed for details. “You’re all dead and I can’t talk about it!”

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Amell did tease a “big bad rollout” in Arrow’s upcoming season, and offered some insight on how Oliver will be handling his new role as a father to his son, as William’s mother’s fate also hangs in the balance on Lian Yu.

“William is not a baby… He’s 12 years old, he’s in sixth grade,” the actor said of the complicated dynamic between father and son, who only recently learned of each other. “It’s very interesting to see Oliver as a dad, because William is not totally digging it yet. And he’s going through some stuff, so it’s tough.”

As for the rest of the Arrow crew, they’re looking forward to new business ventures, new love interests, and new super suits — that is, if they survive the Lian Yu blasts.

“I think Felicity needs a job. She needs to be employed,” Rickards offered. “So hopefully we get to see her — not so much in the Helix area, not going down the rabbit hole, but maybe working with Curtis a little bit more?”

The actress also teased her character’s on-again, off-again relationship with Oliver, after the once-engaged pair seemed to be finding their way back to each other before the explosive season five finale. Rickards presented two truths and a lie for “Olicity” in season six, cryptically sharing, “They’re already married, they’re getting married, they’re never getting married.”

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Another Team Arrow member fighting for love in the upcoming season is Curtis Holt (Kellum), who got served with divorce papers after coming clean to his husband, Paul, about his “terrific” night job.

“I like to hope that if Curtis did come back, that he would definitely fight to get Paul back,” Kellum admitted. “I think he loves Paul, [but] either way…If not with Paul, then I hope he finds love somewhere else.”

One of the newest members of the vigilante crew is Dinah Drake (Harkavy), the new Black Canary, whose spiffed-up season six suit was recently revealed to fans.

“It was surreal,” the actress said of trying on her new gear for the first time. “It was one of the most empowering and surreal moments I’ve had, not only on the show, but I think ever. I cried.”

“I had a moment to myself, and I took a breath and I was like, ‘This is real and this is a big responsibility. You’re gonna be a hero to some kids, let’s do this.’ It just pumped me up.”

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And the rest of the cast had nothing but positivity for Harkavy’s hero journey thus far.

“[Arrow director and stunt coordinator] James Bamford gave her the [Black Canary] staff… and every time we’d hang out, Juliana’s turning the staff, practicing and working on it,” Gonzalez raved. “She’s come a long way.”

So, more staff twirling, more daddy issues, and a possible wedding in season six? We’ll have to wait until the fall to see who’s alive, but the whole cast was excited about their impending move to a later time slot. “There’s gonna be nudity,” Amell joked.

“A lot of nudity,” Kellum added with a laugh. “We can do so much at 9.”

Arrow returns Thursday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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'The Flash' & 'Arrow' Debut Revealing First Trailers for New Seasons — Plus, Watch a Sweet B-Day Surprise!

The Flash and Arrow teams had a lot to explain when they took the stage at Comic-Con on Saturday afternoon, with both shows having ended their most recent seasons on massive cliffhangers.

Though the casts and producers on the DC superhero dramas didn’t provide any tangible answers for what will happen to Team Flash following Barry Allen’s disappearance into the Speed Force or the island explosion that seemingly left everyone — except Oliver Queen and his son, William — dead, they did release sneak peeks for the new seasons that offered some big hints.

For The Flash, Barry’s decision to leave fiancée Iris West and enter the Speed Force means the team will have a de facto new leader, who just so happens to be Iris herself. In the first look at the fourth season, Iris takes the control board in Flash headquarters and becomes an even more assertive presence.

“Iris has focused her energy on being a leader of Team Flash. She steps up and leads the team which is really, really cool,” Candice Patton said, adding later that her character “to a degree” is the catalyst for bringing Barry back. “She’s kind of [the] boss lady on Team Flash now, so she’s an active force in getting her man out of the Speed Force.”

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Though the new footage didn’t include Barry (and for good reason), Grant Gustin assured fans that he’ll be seen soon enough. “I thought I was going to show up midway through the season, but I’m on the show guys!” the newly-engaged actor said to cheers.

As for the overall tone of the season, showrunner and executive producer Todd Helbing teased they have intentionally “lightened the tone a little bit.” “Last year, it got a little dark and we’re going to get back to the jokes,” he said. When asked if there would be a musical episode this season, Helbing confessed there are currently are “no plans” and revealed that there is “no time travel in season four.”

Check out the first season four footage from The Flash Comic-Con panel:

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Arrow followed The Flash panel and was ripe with small nuggets for the upcoming sixth season, which follows the game-changing explosion on the island, Lian Yu, which left many characters’ fates up in the air. While the panelists didn’t address who did or didn’t survive, the first official look at the sixth season offered clues as to who survived (see: Deathstroke, Black Siren and the new Black Canary).

“We always said that season five would end as a culmination of the first five years, really the first 10 years of Oliver’s life. We’re not rebooting the show,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim shared. “We’re going to double down with the things that resonate with people in [the new season]. We’re going to see a different kind of Oliver Queen. The last couple of years have changed [him], particularly season five.”

Some of that is credited to Oliver’s son, William. Stephen Amell addressed Oliver’s journey as a father, which will become a larger arc for his character in the coming season.

“He’s not the best dad,” Amell confessed, admitting that he was “legitimately nervous” about filming his scenes with his TV son because it was a different shade to the character. “To start on episode 116 and to be able to do fun, new stuff as Oliver [is great] — but he’s a sh*t dad.”

Katie Cassidy, who returns as Black Siren, opened up about returning to the show — this time as a completely different take on Laurel.

“It feels like I never left. It feels like home and we’re a family,” Cassidy said. “It’s been pretty easy, getting back to the swing of things. It’s interesting the dynamic between Black Siren and other characters, Team Arrow, whatnot, the different points of view that has been completely opposite of Laurel, which is how I’ve been thinking about it.”

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As for the overarching vibe of the new season, Amell said they “took the momentum of season five and carried it into the first few episodes of season six.”

“The first three scripts, they’re really tight, they’re really action-packed but it feels like we’re taking our time, which I think is something we’ve earned,” he previewed.

And last but not least, Amell asked Ballroom 20 to sing a special birthday song for Emily Bett Rickards — who celebrates her 26th birthday on Monday — as an early present. Watch the sweet Comic-Con moment below.

Watch the first season six footage from the Arrow Comic-Con panel: 

The Flash premieres Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Arrow premieres Thursday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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