Season 3 of “Arrow” is on its way, alongside “The Flash.” That’s in addition to more DC-based shows, such as “Gotham” on Fox, and “Constantine” coming to NBC. With comic-based shows comes a comic-based pastime: crossovers and spinoffs!
Of course, it’s already a given that “Arrow” and “The Flash” will have their own crossover. Barry Allen was established in “Arrow” for a few episodes, learning Ollie’s secret identity and getting zapped by lightning, and teasers have shown the two characters interacting. But there are more superheroes on the way, with the addition of Ray Palmer, AKA The Atom, coming to “Arrow,” and a slew of super-powered metahumans appearing on “The Flash.”
Between networks, however, crossovers are a somewhat trickier business, though spinoffs are another story. “Gotham” is set a ways in the past, so it’s unlikely the show airing on Fox (although Warner Bros. still has the rights to all DC property) will be seeing any foray into the crossovers, and “Constantine” may not connect to the shows on CW, but Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment’s TV division, has mentioned that there will be more than just little shout-outs and nods in the future.
“We love Easter eggs, but we really want to try and do more than Easter Eggs,” he states. “The fact that Doctor Fate’s helmet is in [Constantine’s Pilot] is a plot line. Same with Grodd [in The Flash]. We’re introducing Jim Corrigan in Constantine.” (Jim Corrigan takes on the role of The Spectre, so we can expect to see a certain wrath of god in Constantine.)
Additionally, we can look forward to “Supergirl” and “Titans” new shows, and Merk Pedowitz, President of CW, has teased that connecting “Arrow” and “The Flash” to them is not out of the question.
“What you’ll see in Flash and Arrow is that we’ll have the ability to test characters out,” Pedowitz explains. “Is there room to grow them into the next show? I cannot tell you yet. There are discussions going on.”
Of course, it is first important to establish the shows themselves as stand-alone shows that can be watched without encyclopedic knowledge of the DC universe. “Arrow” has done a good job at that so far, and hopes are high for the upcoming shows as well. Will we be seeing more crossovers and spinoffs from them? It’s hard to say, but the possibility is distinct.
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