Be warned of minor spoilers from Arrow and The Flash if you’re not caught up.
There’s a feeling of deja vu in the extended trailer for the season finale of The Flash. Once again, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is seeking revenge on a speedster villain (who also looks like one of his allies) after he killed one of his parents. It was Reverse Flash (Tom Cavanagh) in season 1, and now it’s Zoom (Teddy Sears) in season 2. The latter will face off in a race with Barry that could possibly wipe out all the worlds in the multiverse. Fans of the DC animated films might be feeling some vibes of Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, in which Owlman (the villainous multiverse counterpart of Batman) has a similar plot. Only Zoom isn’t as tragically poetic about it.
Arrow is in a similar scenario with a similarly extended finale trailer: much like in season 2 with the battle against Slade (Manu Bennett) and his army, the city has been plunged into chaos as a villain plans a mass cleansing of the population, much like in season 1 with the explosive plot of Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman). Only this time, the villain is magic-wielder Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough).
Watch previews of both showdowns in the trailers below.
The Flash season 2 finale will air on The CW this Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST, while Arrow’s finale will drop Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST.
Looking ahead, Supergirl will be making the jump from CBS to The CW, which means all of the series under the Arrow-verse, including Legends of Tomorrow, will be under one network. All four will be featured in the annual crossover episode, which The CW President Mark Pedowtiz teased will be their “biggest ever.”