Superman and Lois showrunner Todd Helbing talked about the future of Arrowverse crossovers.
Once Grant Gustin debuted as Barry Allen on Arrow, the Arrowverse was born and led to several crossovers that became an annual event. The first pitted The Flash and Green Arrow against one another. Eventually, we got to Crisis on Infinite Earths. At the time, it was thought that the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover set up Superman and Lois with the appearance of their son, Jonathan.
However, in the Superman and Lois season two finale, it was revealed that Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman is the only superhero in that show’s universe. Showrunner Todd Helbing first spoke to Collider about keeping Superman and Lois separate from the Arrowverse:
“We’re a different planet, a different Earth. The Superman that you saw in all the crossovers is not the same as the Superman on our planet. It’s clearly a doppelganger. Part of how this all folds in the big picture with DC is ultimately a DC decision. I’m sure there’ll be more clarity in the future, but as of now, we’re a different Earth in the DC Universe.”
Will There Be More Arrowverse Crossovers?
The last Arrowverse crossover we got was Armageddon, which kicked off The Flash‘s eighth season. While The CW renewed Superman and Lois and The Flash for another season, others like Batwoman have been canceled. Armaggeddon was scaled down compared to what we’ve gotten in the past, and The CW is also going through some changes as a network. Here’s what Helbing said about more Arrowverse crossovers in the future:
“That version of what we did is probably [done] because we don’t have all of those characters anymore. [From] those shows, all the actors are going to go on and do different projects, or life is going to make them busy. It’s hard to speculate other than they’re still comic book shows. There are guests in comic book shows all the time. I don’t know if we’ll have exactly the same thing — it’s hard to perceive [what would happen in] the superhero genre. If there’s an opportunity… I love Grant [Gustin]. Grant’s a friend. I have connections to that show, but I would say if there is one, Flash would probably be my first call. It’s a little tricky now to do all this, but we’ll see what happens.”
Here is the synopsis for Superman and Lois:
Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch star as Superman & Lois, the world’s most famous superhero and comic books’ most famous journalist, as they return to Smallville to face their greatest challenge ever – dealing with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society.
In addition to Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent and Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, the series stars Jordan Elsass and Alexander Garfin as the sons of the titular characters, Dylan Walsh as General Sam Lane, Emmanuelle Chriqui as Lana Lang, and Erik Valdez as Kyle Cushing. Written by The Flash‘s Todd Helbing, the series is executive produced by Helbing, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns.
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