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Flash vs. Arrow: Andrew Kreisberg Talks About The Crossover

Interview with Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg about the Flash and Arrow crossover

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FLA108c_0157bThe highly-anticipated crossover between Flash and Arrow is almost here, starting on Tuesday night’s episode of The Flash and continuing on Wednesday with Arrow.

On the press line for the Flash/Arrow screening held in Los Angeles last weekend, we spoke with Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg about the crossover – and how it stacks up against other famous crossovers of TV history.

“Obviously, it’s no surprise, I’m a big Doctor Who fan, and one of the highlights of ‘Journey’s End’ on Doctor Who was watching all of the companions from all of the [modern] eras in the TARDIS at once,” Kreisberg says of the story that also included characters from Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. journeys-end“We have a bunch of those scenes, where we have everybody in the cortex, or everybody in the Foundry – the Arrow lair – and those things are just so much fun. They’re love letters to the fans, and we’re the biggest fans there are. We always say we make the show for ourselves, so this isn’t some cynical ratings ploy. When we were sitting down and talking about doing a spin-off, [we agreed] it was that the coolest thing would be to get them all together.”

Flash_v.1_286Bringing the characters together in the Flash chapter – and possibly the man behind their fight – is one of The Flash’s sillier villains. “We have the Rainbow Raider, Roy G. Bivolo, who is one of the goofiest sounding and looking villains in the Flash comic books, but I think we’ve actually rehabilitated him. We’ve made him pretty damn scary. Cisco usually comes up with the names for the villains, but in this one, it’s Caitlin, and I think that’s why we end up with the slightly sillier name,” Andrew tells us.

What else makes this 2-parter stand out? “Both episodes are really funny. It’s probably the funniest episode of Flash we’ve done. Just getting to write so much comedy is a real blast. I think just watching these characters getting to interact with each other, and watching Barry and Cisco and Caitlin and get a taste for why Oliver and company live in a very dark world… and then conversely, watching the Flash characters kind of take the piss out of the Arrow team about why they’re so serious all the time. Both shows really speak to each other, and comment on each other, and both really advance the stories of both series. It feels to us like it achieved everything that we set out to do,” he enthuses.

On a much more serious note, though: Harrison Wells seems to know a lot about the DC Universe. Is he aware of Oliver Queen and his green-hooded alter ego? “There’s a couple of surprising moments with Mr. Cavanagh in this episode that will certainly make fans happy,” Kreisberg teases.

“Flash vs. Arrow” and “The Brave and the Bold” are almost here! See some preview images from both episodes here.

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The Flash: Eric Wallace Discusses Barry’s Coming Crisis

The Flash EP Eric Wallace discusses what the Crisis on Infinite Earths will mean for Barry and Iris.

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Warning: Spoilers for the Flash Season 6 premiere “Into the Void” are being discussed here.

A Crisis is coming… Crisis on Infinite Earths, that is… and on December 10, 2019… Barry Allen is destined to die. And the story engine will guide The Flash Season 6 toward exciting places.

“Crisis turned out to be the best thing that could have happened — I can’t speak for the other shows, but I certainly speak for The Flash — because it created an immediacy to things,” Executive Producer Eric Wallace recently said in a group Q&A. “We know that December 10, 2019, The Flash will die. He just said it. We’re not messing around. So as a married couple, [Barry and Iris] can count the number of days and weeks. The countdown begins next week. What kind of urgency does that give them? An extreme one. It turns the dial up to 10, and it makes you think, ‘Is every moment together our last? What can we do? Should we fight this? Is it inevitable? These are all the things that they’re grappling with for these next seven episodes, because eight ends, and it’s Crisis time, and it’s time to go off to, literally, cosmic war. So the relationship is strained. But it’s also going to bring them closer together than ever before, because that’s what tragedy does,” he continued.

And how is this different from Season 3, when they saw that Iris was destined to die?

“You should watch next week, when that exact question is asked and answered,” Wallace explained. “That is literally the plot. What this story has enabled us to do is to look back at any other time when somebody was facing life and death, and see how they reacted then. So in the writers’ room, we had a lengthy discussion about how it’s the other side of the coin. We know how they reacted with Iris. How will they react next week? And I will tell you — no spoilers — it’s different. It’s not the same, because of what they learn next week. That’s the great part of the story. The Monitor showing up and kind of making a cosmic pronouncement drives you to extremes in order to fight against or accept the coming Crisis. And every episode this season – 602, 3, 4, 5 and 6, especially — are all about, ‘Do I accept death? Or do I fight it?;’ That’s also the reason why Bloodwork is the villain this season. The villain, as we now know, has HLH cancer and is dying. So for the first time in the show’s history, we have a villain and a protagonist who are going through the same thing. It’s the reason Bloodwork was chosen as a villain this season. It was very deliberate, because they’re going to learn about halfway through the season, ‘Maybe we’re not so different? And what does that mean?”

And finally, do Barry and Oliver know about their respective interactions with The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) this season?

“No, and boy, I wonder what will happen when they both find out. [Laughs] It’s good stuff. It’s so great, ’cause I can’t tell you when it happens,” Wallace said excitedly. “But I will tell you that is a scene that happened and is a moment, and it is coming. Lets just say people might get pissed off a little,” he laughed.

The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW.

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Flash EP Discusses Killer Frost’s New Status Quo

Eric Wallace discusses the new status quo for Killer Frost in The Flash Season 6.

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As we saw in tonight’s Flash season premiere “Into the Void,” Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) is going to be able to live a little bit of a life of her own. What does that mean for her future?

New showrunner Eric Wallace was asked that very question.

“Now that she has a life coach?” he joked, referring to Ralph’s offer. “I will tell you, and again, no spoilers, it has been a pure delight writing Killer Frost this season, because she’s much more in the forefront than Caitlin is.”

“That life coach stuff starts next week in 602,” Wallace teased. “It’s like the second scene and we honor the promise of the premise.We deliver. And it’s it’s led to these hilarious situations. Because basically, it’s like when we talked of her almost as a teenager who finally got the keys to the car but doesn’t know how to drive. We’ve got to drive to go to the store, to get the groceries, to get some wine, to meet your boyfriend, or to go to the movies, or whatever. So everything is new through her eyes, which means she’s gonna make some mistakes, which is great, it’s gonna lead to some more tears, but then at the end, she’s going to grow into something that didn’t exist before. Maybe you do lose that Killer. Maybe it’s just Frost waiting down the line.”

Photos from the second episode of The Flash Season 6, “A Flash of the Lightning,” can be found here.

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New Showrunner Eric Wallace Outlines His Plan For The Flash Season 6

New Flash showrunner Eric Wallace talks about his plan for The Flash Season 6.

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Yesterday, The CW hosted a screening for the first episode of The Flash Season 6 “Into The Void”you can see some preview images here — and following the screening, new showrunner and Executive Producer Eric Wallace talked to press in a Q&A. But before he began his interview, he told us of his overall plan for what fans should get from The Flash Season 6 as a whole.

“Usually, one of about two or three things happen in the sixth season of a hit show: snooze-ville, and it goes into cruise mode, and you know, no one really cares, but you kinda watch it because it’s habit. You make your beans while you watch it, you eat it, no big deal,” Wallace illustrated. “Or crash and burn! ‘Oh my! That used to be my favorite show, and I can’t stand it anymore!’ Or third, hopefully [laughs], what we’re going for this season, we’re not looking at this as Season 6 of a show. We’re looking at it as Season 1 of a show. I’m trying very hard, my staff’s trying very hard, the cast and crew, everybody, to reward all of the fans who’ve been watching for five years. And as a thank you, we’re going to try and not give them the exact same thing they’ve gotten for five years, not that it wasn’t great. We love it. I truly love it, because I was a fan of the show before I started working on it.”

“But as a reward, we’re trying some new things,” Wallace continued. “I don’t know if you guys heard at Comic-Con, this is the season of thrills and chills. … But that is kind of the goal. But it’s one of those things where we want to not just keep the joy and the spectacle and the tears. We want to expand upon it. This is the season opener, so there’s only so much you can do in one episode. But the new format of the show, which is graphic novel number one, which just began here…it’s a self-contained story,” he said, pointing to the Ramsey Rossa (Sendhil Ramamurthy) story that begins in the season premiere.

“His story begins, it burns very hot,” Wallace explained. “By the time we get to 603, 604, we’re in cuckoo town, essentially. I mean that in the best way, because the story ends in 608. That’s wrapped up. The end. We go to Crisis. And then, starting at 610, it’s a brand new story, graphic novel #2… so it’s given, I think, the season, again, [has] a new fresh energy that I’m hoping is that reward to all the people who’ve been watching for five seasons. I’ve been watching for five seasons, too. I love Zoom, Reverse Flash, Savitar, all the gang. But sometimes me and my wife and my child will watch and go, ‘Dude, shouldn’t he have caught him by now? It’s like Episode 17.’ It’s normal. It’s perfectly normal to think that. And it’s part of the fun, because it’s 22-episode season. But I think folks are in for a little bit of a fresh surprise. We hope everybody enjoys it,” he said.

The Flash Season 6 premieres Tuesday, October 8, and you can find our video interview with Eric Wallace from Comic-Con below. Read more Flash Season 6 coverage here!

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