Arrow – starring actor Stephen Amell and B.C.’s Emily Bett Rickards – returns for a third season on October 8, and will share time this fall with newcomer The Flash on CTV and the CW.
The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (aka the title hero) and premieres on October 7. Amell and Rickards – a South Surrey-raised actress who plays character Felicity Smoak on Arrow – will appear as guest stars for The Flash‘s first season, in their roles from their own show.
“I’m in the pilot for The Flash, which I think is relatively well-publicized,” says Amell. “But I would hope that we would be able to connect the two universes, because they’re shared.”
Both series are shot in Vancouver, although Arrow resides in (the fictional) Starling City and The Flash lives in Central City.
Other superhero shows filling cable schedules this fall include Gotham on FOX, Constantine on NBC, and Marvel’s Agent Carter. (Netflix is also entering the fight with four original superhero-led series – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage – set to air sometime in 2015.)
Several shows have done the cross-over between other series on their networks before – NBC crossed over between Crossing Jordan and Las Vegas, and they even brought then-ER stars George Clooney and Noah Wyle over to guest star as doctors on Friends.
And of course, The Avengers crossed over Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, and Captain America.
Superheroes often live in a venn diagram of universes, so the overlapping between The Flash and Arrow is a natural development for each series.
“The nice thing about our show is, before we even knew that The Flash was going to be a series, I mean I think they’d always hoped, but we’ve planted a few people in Central City already,” said Amell. “So I hope there’s a cross-over.”
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