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EW was the first to break the news that Javicia will finally be taking part in her first Arrowverse crossover, as Ryan Wilder / Batwoman will be involved with the five-part crossover that is to begin with The Flash!

Team Flash will get by with a lot of help from its friends — and foes —in The Flash’s special five-part event.

On Wednesday, the CW revealed that the crossover-like saga kicking off The Flash’s eighth season is titled “Armageddon” and will enlist the following heroes to help Team Flash take on an alien threat: Cress Williams as Black Lightning, Legends of Tomorrow’s Brandon Routh as Atom, Arrow’s Kat McNamara as Mia Queen, Javicia Leslie as Batwoman, Supergirl’s Chyler Leigh as Sentinel, and Osric Chau as Ryan Choi, who was first introduced in the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover. On top of that, The Flash’s Tom Cavanagh and Neal McDonough are slated to return as the villainous Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash and Damien Darhk, respectively.

So what brings everyone together on The Flash? Here’s the official logline:

A powerful alien threat arrives on Earth under mysterious circumstances and Barry (Grant Gustin), Iris (Candice Patton), and the rest of Team Flash are pushed to their limits in a desperate battle to save the world. But with time running out, and the fate of humanity at stake, Flash and his companions will also need to enlist the help of some old friends if the forces of good are to prevail.

“Simply put, these are going to be some of the most emotional Flash episodes ever,” The Flash showrunner Eric Wallace said in a statement. “Plus, there are some truly epic moments and huge surprises that await our fans. And we’re doing them on a scale that’s bigger and bolder than our traditional Flash episodes. So yes, ‘Armageddon’ is a lot more than just another graphic novel storyline. It’s going to be a true event for Flash and Arrowverse fans, old and new. Honestly, I can’t wait for audiences to see what we’ve got planned.”

The event’s lineup is exciting for a number reasons. First, this will be the first time that Leslie’s Ryan Wilder meets Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen/The Flash and the rest of the Arrowverse’s capes, something that wasn’t possible during her first season on Batwoman because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (We’re assuming Barry and Iris didn’t call on Caity Lotz’s Sara Lance/White Canary because Sara and Ava didn’t invite them to their wedding. Either way, we’re looking forward to the meta joke the rest of the Legends make about not being invited.)

Furthermore, “Armageddon” will mark several actors’ returns to the shared universe since either leaving their still on-the-air shows, like Routh and Cavanagh, or their shows concluded, as is the case with Williams, McNamara, and Leigh, who only recent finished shooting Supergirl’s series finale. Since Supergirl final episode airs this fall, fans won’t have to wait too long to see Leigh’s Alex Danvers again.

The guest-star lineup also raises a couple questions for the story: How and why does Mia, who lives in the future, get involved? Also McDonough’s warlock is technically dead in the present, so which version of him will we meet? Is it a Damien Darhk from the past, or will he be resurrected once again? (The last time we saw him on Legends, he valiantly sent himself back to Hell using an enchanted sword) Finally, does this event mean we’ll finally see the heroes use their Hall of Justice?

All of these answers and more will hopefully come in due time. In the meantime, why don’t you take this opportunity to revisit the delightful and charming tap number “Super Friend” from The Flash/Supergirl musical crossover:

The Flash premieres Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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After Crisis on Infinite Earths, Black Lightning showrunner Salim Akil started thinking up ideas for potential Arrowverse crossovers.

Prior to last year’s crossover, Black Lightning took place on a different earth from The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Thankfully, the CW’s five-part Arrowverse event changed that. Not only did Cress Williams’ lightning-power hero appear in two episodes, but the epic crossover ended with all the network’s superhero shows (save Stargirl) merging onto one planet, Earth Prime. That meant it would be easier for Black Lightning to cross over with the CW’s other superhero shows, at least storytelling-wise. (Real-world logistics were still a major obstacle because Black Lightning shot in Atlanta and the other Arrowverse series filmed in Vancouver.)

Aside from an offscreen assist from the Flash (Grant Gustin), Black Lightning didn’t get a chance to take advantage of being on Earth Prime before it ended because the COVID-19 pandemic made crossovers impossible. Which is a shame because Akil and the Black Lightning writers’ room had already started brainstorming possible crossovers, in particular with The Flash.

“In our minds, it seemed like the Flash and Black Lightning had really connected [in ‘Crisis’] and we certainly wanted to have something with the Flash,” Akil told EW in a recent interview about the series finale. “We also thought it would be interesting to, in some way, have Flash and his wife, Iris [Candice Patton], come to dinner and Barry reveals he was raised by a Black family. To finally see some of that come out, we wanted to have someone say like, ‘Hey, Barry, go put on some music,’ and Barry puts on some of the deepest soul you can find and they think, ‘Oh, maybe he’s trying to impress us.’ So fun things like that and then we [would find] out some deeper things about who he really is. Of course, crime-fighting and that sort of thing.”

Beyond that, Akil also saw some possibilities with Batwoman too. “We even thought about Thunder and Grace having a crossover with Batwoman,” he said. “We thought that could be interesting. At that time, we really throwing out a lot of stuff.”

While neither of these came to pass while Black Lightning was on the air, there’s still a chance we could see Jefferson hang out with the Flash some day. Williams recently told EW that Gustin’s Arrowverse show asked if he would be interested in guest-starring at some point.

“I have had people from The Flash reach out, asking if I’d come do some work with them,” said Williams, stressing that nothing is confirmed and it’s still too early to say if this will happen or not. “One of my favorite scenes of doing this character was the scene between me and [Barry] in the library [on the Waverider in “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”] So the thought of being able to go back and do an episode here or an episode there? Oh yeah, no, I’m down for that.”

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