Ahead of December's four-show crossover on The CW, Entertainment Weekly has released a first look at their upcoming issue, which features Grant Gustin's The Flash, Stephen Amell's Green Arrow, and Melissa Benoist's Supergirl on its cover.
Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl will cross over with DC's Legends of Tomorrow next month in "Invasion!" a three-part crossover that starts in the final moments of an episode of Supergirl and then plays through the other series. Based on the 1988 comic book event miniseries Invasion! from Keith Giffen, Bill Mantlo, Todd McFarlane, Bart Sears, and more, EW confirms that it will closely track the plot of that storyline: aliens will be assembled by The Dominators and descend on Earth to bring an end to the "threat" of Earth's burgeoning metahuman community.
In the TV version, rather than assembling a loose alliance of dangerous alien races, the Dominators will apparently be mind-controlling the aliens that join them. That's a revelation that leads EW to hint even the heroes might be forced to take one another on at some point in the story.
It's easy to miss, by the way, but DC's Legends of Tomorrow star Brandon Routh appears on the cover as The Atom -- hidden inside the "E"in "Entertainment." Is this his first EW cover since Superman Returns a decade ago? It seems likely -- and is almost guaranteed to be his first superhero cover since then -- although we are hardly experts on the magazine's history.
Along the way, of course, the middle chapter of the epic crossover will also be the hundredth episode of Arrow. It seems as though that episode will be a bit of an act break, in which Arrow gets to take stock of its own history in the context of the larger story.
"I do get to punch an alien, but not in the hundredth episode of Arrow," series star Stephen Amell told ComicBook.com at the Arrow 100th episode party two weeks ago. "The hundredth episode of Arrow begins in a very appropriate way: it begins with Oliver running."
That's a recurring motif; this was the first season where Oliver hadn't run into the season, and so leaving it for the crossover was one of a number of ways the hundredth episode was able to nod at the show's history.
"We utilize the crossover to ostensibly allow us to do whatever we want for the one hundredth," Amell said. "So it's almost like the writers have a blank canvas."0comments
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT; The Flash on Tuesdays at the same time; Arrow on Wednesdays and DC's Legends of Tomorrow on Thursdays. All four series air on The CW. The "Invasion!" crossover will air beginning November 28.
Source: Entertainment Weekly