Interview: Stephen Amell Previews “Crisis on Earth-X” Interview: Stephen Amell Previews “Crisis on Earth-X”
Arrow's Stephen Amell previews the "Crisis on Earth-X" crossover. Interview: Stephen Amell Previews “Crisis on Earth-X”

The four-show DC TV crossover “Crisis on Earth-X” hits TV screens starting this Monday, and at the center of the action is the Green Arrow who started this superhero wave on Arrow, Stephen Amell.

We recently spoke with Stephen on the Vancouver sets of Arrow, and got some insights as to what it was like to do this year’s event which begins airing on November 27.

“What I can tell you about this year is you know the order of the episodes, as in Supergirl, Arrow, Flash, Legends? That doesn’t mean sh*t,” Stephen says, reiterating that it truly is a mix of all of the shows at once.

“You can’t tell what episode is what episode. The first episode, it centers on everyone coming together in episode 1 for Barry and Iris’ wedding. So you’re collecting everyone from all over the place, and then it’s really effectively their story throughout the first hour, which would indicate that it’s a Flash episode, except it’s not,” he continues.

Stephen has some very positive things to say about the finished product. “It’s like a four-hour escape,” he assures. “There are some through-line storylines like Oliver and Felicity’s relationship, and Barry and Iris’ relationship, and what’s going on with Sara, what’s going on with Victor and Franz. It really is, for the first time, it’s an event. It’s not a crossover anymore. Call it the crossover if you want. But it’s kind of like calling the Super Bowl just a football game. Yeah, sure, they play football, but there’s so much other stuff that goes on with it. It’s an event.”

Are there any interactions or pairings that are particularly interesting for the actor?

“Yeah. I really enjoyed Oliver and Kara’s stuff – but not in the way that you might think,” teasing his own interaction with the superheroine played by Melissa Benoist.

There’s another interaction fans should look to that may rattle Oliver a bit — seeing someone wearing the mask of Prometheus, the man responsible for killing William’s mother and leaving Thea in a coma for several months.

“That’s a weird thing,” Stephen says. “I think the payoff there for that was really worth it and lead to, certainly, one my favorite scenes of the entire season.”

You can watch video of Stephen’s interview below. Photos from the Arrow chapter of the crossover, which airs this MONDAY, can be found here.

Craig Byrne

Craig Byrne has been writing about TV on the internet since 1995. He is also the author of several published books, including Smallville: The Visual Guide and the show's Official Companions for Seasons 4-7.