AceShowbiz - New details about this year's Arrowverse crossover event on The CW have made its way out online. While last year's crossover took an alien invasion to unite Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow, the upcoming one will see the four DC Comic superheroes joining forces to fight villains of Earth-X who crash Barry Allen and Iris West's wedding.
"We conceived this year's crossover to be evocative of the annual Justice League/Justice Society crossovers we grew up with and looked forward to as kids," executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg speak to Entertainment Weekly of the upcoming Arrowverse crossover, which is titled "Crisis on Earth-X".
The CW also unveils a custom comic book cover for the two-night crossover event, made by legendary "Wonder Woman" artist Phil Jimenez. The poster offers some minor spoilers as well as hints at what to expect on the highly-anticipated event.
Judging by the poster, Mister Terrific, Black Canary and Wild Dog from "Arrow" seemingly survive the explosive season finale. The poster also confirms that fans will see the live-action debut of The Ray, who is currently headlining his own animated series, "Freedom Fighters: The Ray", on CW Seed.
Fans also note that the poster indicates that each superhero will be facing off against the evil version of themselves. Also featured in the poster is Captain Cold, hinting that Wentworth Miller will be back to reprise the character for the event. Zari, meanwhile, is spotted wearing a mysterious amulet.
"Phil was the perfect choice to bring the comic book cover iteration of this idea to life. You can count on one hand the number of artists who could compellingly represent so many characters in a single image. Phil is one of them. And his design invokes the cover of Justice League #207, which was the 20th Annual JLA/JSA crossover. Our 10-year-old selves are in heaven," the producers gush.
"Some of the first DC Comics I ever read were those insane crossovers with a dozen characters from alternate earths and dimensions--the kind of stuff I later became known for!" adds Jimenez. "So when CW asked me to do an homage cover inspired by those amazing team-up covers, I couldn't resist the chance to draw all of The CW's DC superheroes in one crazy action sequence."
In related news, "Quantico" star Russell Tovey is cast as Raymond Terrill a.k.a. The Ray, the openly gay superhero, for the crossover. Raymond is depicted as "a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. But before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a 'genetic light bomb.' "
The bomb, however, didn't kill him and instead gifted him with "light-based powers. With these abilities, Ray realized he could go beyond reporting on injustice--he could take action to help stop it. Calling himself The Ray, he was recruited by Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters to fight violence and oppression wherever it exists."
The Arrowverse crossover event will begin airing on Monday, November 27 on "Supergirl" and continue with "Arrow" afterwards. "The Flash" and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" will wrap up the event on Tuesday, November 28.