Crisis on Infinite Earths has given Arrowverse fans their first big crossover moment between the DC film and TV universes with a surprising run-in between movie Flash Ezra Miller and TV Flash Grant Gustin. But there’s more to the shocking cameo than meets the eye.
Crisis on Infinite Earths executive producer Marc Guggenheim opened up to Entertainment Weekly, revealing just how involved DC Comics chief content officer Jim Lee actually was in pulling off one of the TV season’s most exciting, and unexpected, appearances, saying:
“Basically, I was really working hand-in-hand with Jim. From the moment we found out that this was a possibility, to once we knew Grant Gustin was cool and on board with it and Ezra was on board with it, I would send drafts of the scene to both Jim Lee and [DC Entertainment’s film VP] Adam Schlagman, and we would just go back and forth.”
As Marvel and DC have expanded their screen presences over the last decade, they’ve had to contend with one glaring issue: how their cinematic universes fit in with their television ones. It’s been especially tough for DC, which has had more luck among critics and fans with its animated and TV show properties than it has with its movies.
Up until now, the CW line-up especially has been key to DC’s small screen dominance, in part because it hasn’t tried to merge it with the film division. It’s a narrative ecosystem in which writers drop Easter eggs about one production into another but usually do nothing beyond that, which makes Miller’s Crisis appearance the most serious and significant attempt at a DC cinematic-TV connection to date. It’s also one Guggenheim and Lee were very careful with executing, for the sake of every universe. Guggenheim told EW:
“The trick with the scene is…they didn’t want me to do anything that stepped on the toes of the Flashpoint movie that they’re developing. So, we really worked hand-in-hand. Jim was really great about just making sure that all the parties were talking to each other, that nothing was getting stalled. He was a cheerleader when he needed to be, a diplomat when he needed to be.” Keep watching to learn why There’s More To Ezra Miller’s Crisis Cameo Than We Thought!
A careful dance | 0:19
An unexpected cameo | 1:54
DC multiverse confirmation | 2:50
Ezra Miller’s The Flash | 3:55