As we’ve seen in the promotional material for this year’s Arrowverse crossover – such as the latest teaser promos here and here – Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen and Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen are going to find themselves swapping superhero identities in ‘Elseworlds’ as part of the machinations of mad Arkham Asylum doctor John Deegan (Jeremy Davies). And, during an interview with EW, Gustin and Amell have shared a few words on how they found the superhero switch-up:
“You’re not going to see me playing Oliver Queen’s mannerisms, or Stephen playing Barry’s mannerisms. It’s more being aware that for some reason we’ve switched lives and destinies. It’s more the fun of the situational comedy that we keep finding ourselves in, and less us having a complete role reversal.” said Gustin. “We get to see Stephen do some of the more goofy speed stuff I have to do on a regular basis, and I get some actual combat as Green Arrow. So, we just see different colors for each of us.”
“Having superpowers is crazy! Wearing the Flash suit is crazy!” adds Amell. “The idea is that in order to be the best version of Barry Allen, which I have to be because we face a threat, there are elements of his personality I have to embrace, and there are elements of my personality that he has to embrace.”
‘Elseworlds’ begins with The Flash on December 9th, followed by Arrow on December 10th and Supergirl on December 11th. In addition to Grant Gustin (The Flash), Stephen Amell (Green Arrow), Melissa Benoist (Supergirl) and their fellow series regulars, the three-parter will feature guest appearances from Tyler Hoechlin (Superman), Ruby Rose (Batwoman), Elizabeth Tulloch (Lois Lane), John Wesley Shipp (Jay Garrick/The Flash), Cassandra Jean Amell (Nora Fries), LaMonica Garrett (The Monitor), Bob Frazer (Psycho-Pirate) and Jeremy Davis (Dr. John Deegan).