The countdown to The Flash and Arrow‘s second major crossover event is finally winding down. Last year’s mind blowing event led to the much-anticipated Arrow vs. The Flash battle, but this year the focus is squarely on the introduction to the Arrow universe’s second spinoff series, Legends of Tomorrow.
Since this is the second major crossover between Arrow and The Flash, we decided to take the opportunity to create a list of the things we want to see from the big television event, as well as some of the elements we could probably do without. From an epic superhero team-up to our Legends of Tomorrow oversaturation fears, here is our The Flash & Arrow crossover wishlist.
Rest assured, Olicity fans, we’re not hoping for another Oliver/Barry/Felicity love triangle. Felicity and Oliver may have finally settled down together, and we couldn’t be happier about it, but it doesn’t change the fact that Grant Gustin and Emily Bett Rickards have undeniable chemistry together. What we wouldn’t do for an adorable genius brainstorm session between nerd friends.
Could Do Without: The Flash vs. The Green Arrow
There’s no denying that a big part of last year’s crossover hype was the idea of Oliver and Barry going toe to toe with one another. Of course, it turned out that their big showdown was all thanks to a metahuman with the ability to affect people’s moods, giving Barry an epic case of the temper tantrum. Still, you have to admit, watching Oliver outsmart Barry’s super speed was thrilling.
While those fight scenes made some great television, it’s much more fun to see the two superheroes fighting side by side. It would be a crime not to see the show’s two biggest superheroes put their heads together for an unforgettable team-up.
Want: Oliver’s secret son storyline
Last year’s crossover left one big bombshell hanging since its reveal back in Season 2–Oliver’s secret son with his old college girlfriend, who just happens to be living in Central City. As you may or may not remember, Moira Queen paid her off to leave Starling and fake a miscarriage. With Oliver’s campaign for mayor in full swing and Oliver’s sunnier outlook on life, now is the perfect time to bring that plot point back to the forefront.
Want: A good villain
Vandal Savage is already primed to be the main villain of Legends of Tomorrow, so this introduction is vital for the fledgling spinoff series. If Savage veers too far into corny villain territory, it might be a turnoff for fans unsure if they want to add another superhero series into the growing lineup. Then again, if he turns out to be a genuine threat, like Slade Wilson and the Reverse Flash, Savage could be yet another enticing reason to tune in.
Could live without: A Legends of Tomorrow overload
With episode titles like “Legends of Today” and “Legends of Yesterday,” there’s a certain understanding that Legends of Tomorrow is going to take up a fair bit of storytelling. However, one issue with both The Flash and Arrow‘s fall seasons have been that the main character’s stories have been set aside in favour of building up the secondary characters that will be making the leap to the spinoff series.
While we’re excited to see the entrance of Hawkgirl and Hawkman, as well as Savage, we’re also hoping that they’ll leave the rest of Legends of Tomorrow story to its upcoming pilot. At the end of the day, we’re tuning into these shows to watch the lives of Barry and Oliver, not their friendly acquaintances.
Want: More details on who’s in that grave
You know the one we’re talking about. One of the major elements of Legends of Tomorrow is time travel, so this is the perfect time to glean some more information on who Oliver is mourning over in the grave six months after his return to Star City. At best it will assuage our worst fears, at worst they’ll be horribly confirmed.
Want: One epic final showdown
Does it even need to be said? With a story spanning two hours of television, we are more than justified to expect a heavy amount of action to come with it. The Arrow team is bigger than ever, and with Hawkgirl and Hawkman in the mix, the possibilities for action sequences are virtually endless.
What would you like to see in the two-hour crossover? Sound off in the comments below.
The Flash and Arrow crossover event begins Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. ET and concludes Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV and The CW.
Associate Editor Kelly Townsend always had strong opinions on TV growing up, so it was only natural to evolve from couch musings to online journalism. She can't ever choose a favorite series, so please don't ask. Her writing has also appeared on IndieWire and Tribute.ca. You can find her on Twitter at @kellybtownsend.