The CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths Connects TV & Film Flashes

The following contains a major spoiler from Part 4 of The CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event.

DC Comics’ movie and TV universes wonderfully and most surprisingly collided in the opening hour of Tuesday’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” climax.

Midway through the Arrow portion of the double-episode finale, Ezra Miller’s big-screen The Flash/Barry Allen appeared in a scene opposite Grant Gustin’s The Flash/Barry Allen.

The sequence in question took place at STAR Labs, as Barry struggled with his re-entry into the Speed Force. After expressing puzzlement at the whole situation unfolding before them, movie Flash and TV Flash paused for a moment to admire one another’s suits.

Producer Marc Guggenheim talked with Variety about how the “Arrowverse” brought Miller to the DC/CW universe, and what it means for the character.

There has been a fairly strict separation of the DC film and television world. How were you able to combine the two with Miller’s cameo?

We were series wrapped on “Arrow,” and we were wrapped on the whole crossover. We were in post and some episodes were locked, and some were soft-locked. I got a phone call from [Warner Bros. boss] Peter Roth saying, “I know you’re locked, but can you put Ezra into the crossover?” And I said, “Yes.” And he said, “How, you’re series wrapped? And you’re wrapped on the crossover.” And I said, “Yeah, I know, but if you’re telling me Ezra Miller can be in the crossover, I can make it happen.” I called Eric Wallace who who is the showrunner of “Flash,” and he called up Grant Gustin — because the one thing that was our only concern was the thought we didn’t want to do it unless Grant was 100 percent onboard with it. And he was. He was incredibly enthusiastic and onboard with it. And then we got on the phone with Ezra Miller and told him the scene I had written and he was completely into it. And we just went. We put together a unit of the “Flash” crew on the “Flash” set [since “Arrow’s” team, which had produced the rest of the hour, was gone]. And much to our surprise, no one noticed Ezra Miller was in Vancouver and no one leaked it from the crew, which we appreciate. So we were able to keep it a surprise.

Combining the multiverse made it so there was only one version of each hero left. Does that mean that Miller’s Flash no longer exists in the DC television world?

I will leave that question to Warner Bros. and DC. They have a wonderful vision for not just Ezra’s Flash, but also the entire DC universe. Jim Lee is the man to talk to.

Ezra Miller previously portrayed Barry/Flash in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad and 2017’s Justice League. We’ve been assured that he will next headline a standalone Flash film, set for release in 2022.

We’ll see what happens next, but DC stills appears to want Ezra Miller’s DCEU movie time happen, if they can find the right script and a director that will stick around.

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