The annual Arrowverse crossover event is something that fans of The CW’s DC shows look forward to every year. The first four-way crossover was Invasion! in 2016, which for the most part was considered a success by fans and critics. With a little more time to plan, the second crossover Crisis On Earth-X, which aired in 2017, was a more integrated affair that truly combined Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Built around the wedding of The Flash characters Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Iris West (Candice Patton), the characters from all four shows gather in Central City for the big event. Of course things don’t go to plan when the wedding is interrupted by Nazis, including the versions of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) and Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh) from Earth-X. It’s quickly revealed that the intruders are after Supergirl so they can steal her heart and implant it in her doppelgänger, Overgirl.
Alongside the central storyline the crossover picks up on some sub-plots from the various DC shows. Jefferson (Franz Drameh) turns to Cisco (Carlos Valdes), Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) and Harrison to separate Firestorm, without Dr. Stein’s (Victor Garber) knowledge, Oliver and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) are being awkward following a failed marriage proposal, and Alex (Chyler Leigh) is determined to move on after breaking up with Maggie (Floriana Lima) and she finds herself a surprising bed buddy.
What’s so impressive about the crossover is that the scale is not dissimilar to what you’d see on the big screen. The major difference is that the quality and cohesiveness of the storytelling here is far better. Studios have become very good at churning out big budget blockbusters with little to no story but Crisis On Earth-X is all about the story. It utilises its wealth of characters impressively and I feel like it gives them all a chance to shine. The epic adventure also showcases why the four parent shows are so popular with viewers because it’s a fun and engaging ride.
There’s only one special feature on the DVD and that’s a behind-the-scenes featurette looking at the making of the crossover.
Crisis On Earth-X is a lot of fun and it’s great to see the actors tackling dual roles, and delivering a truly thrilling near 3 hours of entertainment. The next crossover is taking place in December and it’ll be missing DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, who will be sitting it out. Expectations are high but if it comes even close to Crisis On Earth-X, it’s going to be amazing. Until then you can get yourself a copy of last year’s crossover and give it the repeat viewing it deserves.
Cast: Stephen Amell, Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist, Caity Lotz, Chyler Leigh, Candice Patton, Chris Wood, Tom Cavanagh, Russell Tovey, Wentworth Miller, David Harewood, Emily Bett Rickards Certificate: 12 Duration: 164 mins Release by: Warner Bros Release date: 3rd September 2018