‘Flash’ and ‘Arrow’ set for much-anticipated crossover event

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It’s the moment fans have been waiting for: The CW’s newest superhero superstar “The Flash” is joining forces with Arrow for a special two-night crossover event.

Series star Grant Gustin, who plays Barry Allen on the Vancouver set of the show, and he said he’s excited about two comic book universes coming together.

“Putting those two shows together there are a lot characters who have to accept the reality of the supernatural which is fun,” Gustin says.

One of the biggest names in the cast is acclaimed Broadway star and “Law and Order” regular Jesse Martin.  He says there’s much more to this show than just comic book crime-fighters.

“The non-superhero parts of the show are my favorite parts of the show,” Martin says.

The toughest challenge in the crossover event proved to be getting the elaborate special effects just right on each other’s shows.

“We had to bring our effects team over for the Arrow episode, and they had to bring their effects team over so we could stay true to what the Flash’s powers looked like, and what Oliver looked like doing all of his Arrow stuff. That was the biggest challenge,” Gustin says.

This version of “The Flash” got his start as a guest star on "Arrow" last season, but he’s proven to be no mere flash in the pan.  He’s one of television’s fastest success stories this season. Gustin says The Flash is a fulfillment of a childhood dream. But you won’t catch him sneaking some time in the suit after hours.

“It’s not the most comfortable thing in the world, so I don’t wear it any more than I have to,” Gustin says.

No comic book crossover would be complete without the head-to-head showdown fans have come to expect -- and this one does not disappoint.

“There’s a fight between Barry and Oliver. I wont’ say why we’re fighting but it’s huge,” Gustin says.

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