It was the Crisis on Infinite Earths that not one person saw coming. And once it aired on Tuesday night it set the DC entertainment world on its ear. How did it come about? Executive producer Marc Guggenheim has shared details and it’s an interesting story.
Fair warning, spoilers abound from here. Story follows after the buffer picture.
If you’ve seen the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths, then you already know that Ezra Miller suited up in his Flash suit from the movies and shared some screentime with Grant Gustin’s TV Flash. It sent shockwaves through DC fandom, and it sounds as though there was every chance it wouldn’t happen.
“We were series wrapped on Arrow, and we were wrapped on the whole crossover,” Guggenheim told Variety. “We were in post and some episodes were locked, and some were soft-locked. I got a phone call from [Warner Bros. boss] Peter Roth saying, “I know you’re locked, but can you put Ezra into the crossover?” And I said, “Yes.” And he said, “How, you’re series wrapped? And you’re wrapped on the crossover.” And I said, “Yeah, I know, but if you’re telling me Ezra Miller can be in the crossover, I can make it happen.”
Guggenheim continued, saying, “I called Eric Wallace who is the showrunner of Flash, and he called up Grant Gustin — because the one thing that was our only concern was the thought we didn’t want to do it unless Grant was 100 percent on-board with it. And he was. He was incredibly enthusiastic and on-board with it. And then we got on the phone with Ezra Miller and told him the scene I had written and he was completely into it. And we just went.”
If anything, our biggest question was how they hid this from all of the prying eyes, and it seems that they were shocked it didn’t get out as well. “We put together a unit of the Flash crew on the Flash set. And much to our surprise, no one noticed Ezra Miller was in Vancouver and no one leaked it from the crew, which we appreciate. So we were able to keep it a surprise.”
When the Crisis wrapped, there was only one version of each hero left. Naturally, this makes you wonder what happened to Miller’s Flash, and Guggenheim isn’t sure. “I will leave that question to Warner Bros. and DC,” said Guggenheim. “They have a wonderful vision for not just Ezra’s Flash, but also the entire DC universe. Jim Lee is the man to talk to.”
Any way you slice it, it was a fun cameo and something we should all be glad came about.