Crossover Guide to the Berlanti-verse

First, there was Arrow. Then they spun off The Flash. And then, far away on another network and in another universe, there was Supergirl, followed by the advent of DC's Legends of Tomorrow. The four shows, now all airing on The CW, are currently referred to as the "Berlanti-verse" after Greg Berlanti, their creator. But I'm fonder of sunbunny's nickname, Team SuperFlarrowLegends.

Tracking so many crossovers is not easy, and after a bit of experimentation, I decided that the only way to manage it was individually, by character. (I challenge you to track all of these crossovers in chronological order of crossover!) I am only counting it a crossover when an actor appears; a mention doesn't count. I'm also grouping it by each show's major characters, with miscellaneous supporting, continuing and guest characters at the end.

I'll keep this post updated as more crossovers occur. Feel free to post a comment if I miss someone. Important: If you aren't up to date on all four shows, some of what follows could be considered spoilers.

The season parallels for all four connected shows are:

Arrow 1 (2012-2013)
Arrow 2 (2013-2014)
Arrow 3 -- Flash 1 (2014-2015)
Arrow 4 -- Flash 2 -- Supergirl 1 (2015-2016) -- Legends 1 (2016 only)
Arrow 5 -- Flash 3 -- Supergirl 2 -- Legends 2 (2016-2017)


It all began with Arrow on October 10, 2012. Our Arrow reviewer, J.D. Balthazar, has reviewed every episode of every season of the series starting with the pilot. I think he gets points for perseverance.

Oliver Queen / Green Arrow / Arrow (Stephen Amell)

John Diggle / Spartan (David Ramsey)

Felicity Smoak / Overwatch (Emily Bett Rickards)

Thea Queen / Speedy (Willa Holland)

Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne)

Laurel Lance / Black Canary / Black Siren (Katie Cassidy)

Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman)

The Flash

And then there was The Flash. I doubt that The CW knew how incredibly popular this show would be. Our Flash reviewer, JRS (a.k.a. Joseph Santini), has reviewed every episode starting with the pilot.

Barry Allen / The Flash (Grant Gustin)

Cisco Ramon / Vibe / Reverb (Carlos Valdes)

Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker)


Yes, Supergirl is third. The show began on CBS three months before Legends of Tomorrow premiered on The CW. Supergirl has also had the fewest crossovers -- at least so far. Although we didn't cover this show from the beginning, the Agents of DOUX reviewed all season one episodes right before the second season began, and we're now up to date. Sunbunny is currently covering this show for us.

Kara Danvers / Supergirl (Melissa Benoist)

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

DC's Legends of Tomorrow, a.k.a. Legends of Tomorrow, a.k.a. Legends, began January 21, 2016, and stars many characters that started out on Arrow or The Flash, which makes tracking the crossovers a bit more challenging.

Sara Lance / The Canary / White Canary (Caity Lotz)

I wasn't quite sure how to cover several of the Legends cast and Sara in particular, since she was in nearly all of season two of Arrow, then she returned to Arrow, then she became a cast member of Legends. So I listed Arrow season two as a whole, and then added every Arrow episode in which she appeared starting with season three.

Ray Palmer / The Atom (Brandon Routh)

I've liked Brandon Routh for years, starting with his work as Superman. As with Sara Lance, I also had some trouble tracking Ray, so I mimicked what I did with her: season three of Arrow, and individual episodes of Arrow after that.

Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber)

I was so pleased when Victor Garber showed up on The Flash and then became one of the stars of Legends, because he also played my absolute favorite character on Alias: Sydney Bristow's formidable father, Jack. Or as we all called him, "Spydad."

Jefferson Jackson / Firestorm (Franz Drameh)

Adorable British actor Jefferson Jackson plays the other and more visible half of Firestorm. I'd already seen him in Attack the Block and Edge of Tomorrow before he showed up in The Flash. As Darth Vader would say, "Impresssssivvvve."

Captain Cold and Heat Wave started as villains on The Flash, took a somewhat heroic turn and became Legends. What is really delightful is that Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell played brothers for four seasons of Prison Break, and will be reprising those roles in this coming spring's Prison Break: Sequel (2017). I hadn't realized until I put this crossover post together that most of the Captain Cold/Heat Wave episodes had the word "rogue" in the title.

Leonard Snart / Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller)

Since Snart was a cast member only for season one of Legends and is now a free agent (so to speak), that's how I'm tracking him.

Mick Rory / Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell)

For some delightful reason, Dominic Purcell's turn as Mick Rory/Heat Wave has become one of the best things about Legends of Tomorrow. And not just because he's hilarious; his character has also gone through some fascinating dramatic changes.

A bit less popular than Captain Cold and Heat Wave, Hawkgirl and Hawkman were introduced in The Flash and were season one cast members of Legends. I hope the actors didn't take all the anti-Hawk fan griping personally.

Kendra Saunders / Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee)

Carter Hall / Hawkman (Falk Hentschel)

Although Carter Hall appeared to be a cast member of Legends, Falk Hentschel only appeared in seven episodes. For simplicity's sake, I decided to list them all.

Vandal Savage (Casper Crump)

Gideon (Amy Pemberton)

The character of Gideon has been voiced by two actresses: Amy Pemberton on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow (2016 to present) and earlier on The Flash by Morena Baccarin, uncredited (2014). Coincidentally, Morena Baccarin also worked on another but unrelated DC project, Gotham.

Gideon (Morena Baccarin)

Supporting, continuing and guest characters

Here's everyone else, listed sort of randomly starting with Arrow characters, followed by Flash and then Legends. If anyone can suggest a coherent order in which to list these, I'm all ears -- post a comment.

Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson)

Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough)

Eobard Thawne / Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher)
Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) Ra's al Ghul (Matt Nable) Deadshot / Floyd Lawton (Michael Rowe) Samantha Clayton (Anna Hopkins) John Constantine (Matt Ryan) I decided not to list Constantine as a crossover show because Greg Berlanti wasn't associated with the series. But I had to add him somewhere because the fact that they brought him in at all was so much fun. I hope they do it again.
  • Constantine, season 1 (2014-2015), 13 episodes
  • Arrow 4.5: "Haunted" (November 4, 2015)
Brie Larvan / Bug-Eyed Bandit (Emily Kinney) William Tockman / Clock King (Robert Knepper) Clarissa Stein (Isabella Hofmann) Lily Stein (Christina Brucato) Jake Simmons / Deathbolt (Doug Jones) Linda Park (Olivia Cheng) Bethany Snow (Keri Adams) Captain David Singh (Patrick Sabongui) Eve Teschmacher (Andrea Brooks)
  • Supergirl, season 2 to present (2016- ), continuing
  • Flash 3.11 "Dead or Alive" (January 31, 2017)

As I mentioned above, I plan to keep this crossover post updated. Please post a comment and let me know if I miss something! --- Billie Doux loves good television, especially science fiction, and spends way too much time writing about it.


Marianna said...

I watch these shows on Netflix (but not Supergirl yet) so I started using a spreadsheet to keep track of air dates because watching all of one series then the next as Netflix would have it puts the crossovers in the wrong order. I would complain, but I actually like making spreadsheets. =)

Patryk said...

I hope the upcoming episodes will make this list a lot bigger. :) Good comprehensive guide.

tricksterson said...

I know it won't happen but I'd love a crossover with Oliver going to Earth-G (for Gotham), then come back and say "You think I have emotional problems and trust issues? Let me tell you about this cop I met over there." Or have Lucifer pop over to, well, anywhere.

ClovieD said...

i wish i'd have seen this about 2 weeks ago when I accidentally fell into watching Supergirl on Netflix. I was planning to watch all the shows eventually.
So obviously I've seen season 1 of Sg. And then I starting watching The Flash because cute little Barry had visited. And I know i'm going to have to watch Arrow next, then Legends.
I've done it all wrong! i'm hoping it will still all make sense.

Mark Greig said...

Although I haven't seen it myself, there is also the Vixen animated series on CW Seed. Several cast members from Arrow, Flash and Legends have appeared on it and Megalyn Echikunwoke reprised her role in S4 of Arrow and would've done the same on Legends were it not for other commitments.

Billie Doux said...

Marianna, lol. I like creating spreadsheets too, something I did a great deal in my previous couple of jobs.

Patrick, I am also hoping for a lot more crossovers. :) Crossover guides are a lot easier to update than to create, too.

tricksterson, I bet you're not the only one.

ClovieD, you could always rewatch if you find it confusing.

Mark, I thought about adding the Vixen thing, which I also haven't seen, along with the previous appearance of Vixen by another actress, but is it considered a webisode? Should I add webisodes?

sillyrabbit said...

Does Iris West appear in any cross over episode?

Billie Doux said...

sillyrabbit asked: Does Iris West appear in any cross over episode?

No, she doesn't. Unless it's not on her IMDb page. You'd think she would have been, but maybe we're just thinking about Earth-2. :)

Patryk said...

Another DC Berlanti series is in the works on the CW...

Is there a word limit to posts on Blogger because at this rate this guide might exceed them.

Billie Doux said...

Thanks, Patryk. I guess it's a good thing I started it now. Although I wish I'd started it when Flash began. :)