Unless you’ve been living under a rock or forgot to pay your cable or internet bill, you know that the epic two-night crossover event featuring two of television’s best shows The Flash and Arrow is coming next week.
The crossover event has been anticipated since it was first announced at San Diego Comic Con last July, as executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed that the first part would be called “Flash vs. Arrow.” Seeing as Barry Allen started off on Arrow, it only feels right that Oliver Queen and Barry Allen would team up for this epic crossover event.
But the first part of the crossover, named “Flash vs. Arrow,” suggests there’s some animosity between our two titular heroes. And we got a little sneak peek of it in the extended promo.
So we have to ask: Why are our two heroes at each other’s throats as the episode title and promo suggest? We can only assume that it has something to do with the metahuman that brainwashes Barry. Hopefully Barry will be able to break through and our two heroes can team up and take down the bad guy.
But regardless, the question has been raised:
In the left corner: Oliver Queen, our brooding, ass-kicking vigilante.
And in the right corner: Barry Allen, our adorkable, super-fast friend.
We’re going to try to answer this question by breaking it down by each hero. They are two very different kinds of heroes, but they each have their advantages. Let’s get to it.
When you’re able to survive literal hell in the form of five years on an island — and Hong Kong — you can survive most any physical form of pain. Oliver Queen has been back from Lian Yu for going on three years now, and he’s gone from vigilante to hero over the course of three seasons. But it there’s anything that gives The Arrow an advantage over The Flash it’s his experience. He’s battled everything from corrupt criminals to super soldiers to Malcolm Meryln to Slade Wilson.
Oliver also has the mental edge over Barry. Coupled with his experience, Oliver knows exactly how dark a path this is. Barry is just beginning to see just how high the stakes are.
We all know that Oliver’s workout montages are indicative of his impeccable physique. Oliver has the physical strength advantage over Barry in this department. In hand-to-hand combat, Oliver will pretty much win every time. And as Iris said in the promo:
When you survive being struck by a massive lightning strike and wake from a nine-month coma, it’s pretty safe to assume you’re going to be wondering WTF is going on. But since then, Barry has been battling dangerous metahumans all at the expense of himself.
The obvious advantage The Flash holds over The Arrow is his super speed. He is literally the fastest man alive. He can run circles around you before you even get a punch in. While Barry isn’t the most physically gifted, he has been able to use his strength — super speed — to defeat metahumans that could easily overpower him. For Barry, it’s about realizing not that you have superpowers but how to use them to your advantage. And he’s getting there.
It also doesn’t hurt when you have super-fast healing tendencies. Okay, well, it’ll still hurt but Barry (as evidenced when Oliver shoots him with some arrows). But Barry would still be able to get back in the fight sooner rather than later.
But who do The Arrow’s and The Flash’s teams think would win?
We’re sensing a little tension between Team Flash and Team Arrow. Could this be the scene that we’ve been teased of where Felicity and Caitlin each defend their respective heroes?
We’re going to have to give the edge to The Arrow on this one if only because he’s been at this hero stuff two seasons longer. While The Flash has got the powers, super speed doesn’t necessarily equal victory. The Arrow has the experience. He’s good at strategizing and not reacting immediately like The Flash tends to do. But let’s be real, if you threw John Diggle into the mix he’d beat them both.
The two-part Arrow-Flash crossover begins Tuesday, Dec. 2 and concludes Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 8/7c on The CW.
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