Arrow-verse "Elseworlds" Crossover: 9 Secrets You Definitely Need To Know
By Chris E. Hayner on
Are you ready for what is likely to be the biggest moment in the history of The CW's Arrow-verse? "Elseworlds" will bring together Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl to fight a massive threat--notable DC character The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett)--and they won't be doing it alone.
For the first time in the history of any of the shows, "Elseworlds" is heading to Gotham City for the introduction of Batwoman (Ruby Rose), as well as Lois Lane (Elizabeth Bulloch), Nora Fries (Cassandra Jean Amell)--wife of Mr. Freeze--a new version of The Flash (John Wesley Shipp) that looks surprisingly like the one from the '90s TV show, and likely a long list of other interesting faces. Of course, there's also that bit where Oliver Queen and Barry Allen switch bodies and Superman is wearing a black suit.
Of course, that's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to "Elseworlds." With so much mystery surrounding the crossover event, GameSpot went straight to the source. During a visit to the sets of Arrow and Supergirl with other outlets, as well as the 100th episode celebration of The Flash, we has the chance to ask Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen), Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers), and Grant Gustin (Barry Allen) to find out exactly what we should be expecting from the crossover. Read on to see what they were willing to reveal, including one scene of two characters meeting that is likely going to be one of the highlights of the crossover.
Don't forget to also take a look at over 40 photos from the crossover event, showing all of the heroes in action as they prepare to take on The Monitor. "Elseworlds" begins Sunday, December 9, on The CW.
Elseworlds won't impact the rest of any show this season
While previously crossovers have impacted the timeline and Earth 1 in a variety of ways, fans won't have to worry too much about that with Elseworlds. As Gustin explained if to GameSpot on the red carpet for The Flash's 100th episode celebration, Elseworlds will essentially exist in its own piece of the multiverse.
"We go pretty quickly into the Elseworlds crossover following the 100th episode, and the Elseworlds is kind of a standalone, if you will, I guess, because it's like a different reality," he said. "So, our reality isn't really affected by that. And we mostly move forward when we come back with this Cicada kind of storyline."
Only Kara realizes Barry and Oliver switched bodies
While we know Barry and Oliver will switch bodies in the crossover, they'll have one ally who realizes something is wrong in Kara. "Kara plays a really fun role in this dilemma that Barry and Oliver find themselves in," Benoist told GameSpot. "She's the only one that really recognizes them for who they are in this Freaky Friday situation. And it's really comedic. The whole thing. I think people will really get a kick out of it."
Yes, they shot on the Kent farm from Smallville
When photos of the Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl casts filming on a farm surfaced, fans began wondering if the location looked familiar. As it turns out, yes, the crossover did shoot on-location at the Kent farm from Smallville.
"We shot on the Smallville farm," Benoist teased. "That was really, really exciting. All of us were beside ourselves. To pay tribute to that show felt good. When you're there, even though it's in Canada, it feels like pure Americana. It's kind of weird. There are some really, really lovely, heartwarming scenes on the Kent farm."
Stephen Amell has never had more fun playing Oliver Queen
Oliver Queen trapped in the life of Barry Allen is a funny concept and for Amell, it was the acting experience he never knew he needed. "I wouldn't call it the most rewarding, but it was the most fun that I’ve had maybe ever throughout the course of doing the show," he said.
One of the most important pieces of the puzzle for the Arrow star was collaborating with Gustin to figure out how they'd play each other. "I had so much fun, but we had a discussion very early on that if this was going to work, that we really had to go for it, right?" Amell said. "So there are elements of because he has my learned abilities, and I have his superpowers, there are elements of each other’s personality that each of us have to embrace in order to be successful at the mission that's in front of us."
There's one mystery location yet to be revealed
We know a few interesting places the crossover definitely will visit, from the Kent farm in Smallville to Gotham City. Additionally, the tease that aired during Supergirl shod Earth 90. However, Amell teased one more spot we can't wait to learn more about.
"I definitely got to shoot on sets both in Gotham City and Star City and Central City and Earth 38 and somewhere that I can’t even properly explain that I just never thought that that would have happened," he said.
This crossover is smaller than Crisis on Earth-X
The Legends of Tomorrow are sitting this crossover out, so there won't be quite as many costumed heroes as last year. As Amell explained it, though, that's a good thing.
"Even if we don’t have as many DC characters necessarily as we did last year, this feels like the first time or at the very least the best example of us just embracing the fun of it all and embracing all of the opportunities that we have because of all of the things that we’ve had a chance to do over the years," he said. "The idea that we get to go to Gotham City is really exciting, and we got to do something that I've never done. I've never shot the show anywhere but Vancouver, so we go to Chicago and do all that felt amazing. Ruby’s fantastic, I think she's going to do great. I'm all for expanding the universe."
Brainy meets Cisco
Sure, Elseworlds as a whole is an exciting crossover concept. What's better, though? Getting Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Brainy (Jesse Rath) into a room together. The Flash and Supergirl's primary nerds will share a scene together and it's all Rath could have wanted.
"You blink, and you'll miss me," he said. "It was enough to make me happy. I think they put me in the crossover as a personal favor for me, as Jesse. It was so over-budget, so everything was getting cut. Things were getting cut right and right. I had more stuff that was cut and I was just praying I would stay in it because I’m such a fan. I love those crossovers, so to be in it is very cool for me. I was such a fan of The Flash and I would watch that show and see Cisco, and kind of see myself in that character. I saw myself represented in that character. To be shooting a scene with Cisco was very cool for me."
Caitlyn Snow plays a role
While we still don't have a cast list, Danielle Panabaker (Caitlyn Snow) confirms at least one more character that will show up during the event--hers. "I had a lot of fun on the crossovers this year," she told GameSpot. "It felt a lot like our season one when we started doing the crossovers. It was a much smaller cast of people who did them this year unlike last year, which was everybody."
Now we just need to know if she'll be playing Killer Frost or not.
Filming Gotham City in Chicago was very special
It remains to be seen how much of the crossover will be spent in Gotham City, which was filmed in Chicago like Christopher Nolan's Batman films, that piece of the crossover definitely made an impact on Amell.
"It was pretty special going to Chicago," he admitted. "It was right at the end of the 5-week long shoot, so we were dead tired, but we kept walking by all these locations that were used in a lot of the Nolan Batman movies, and you know, it gave us a little goosebumps and got us excited about what we were doing and this one shot specifically that kind of establishes Gotham and is a really cool hero shot for Ruby, for Batwoman and it's, I think it's pretty big scope.