Borrowing its name from DC Comics’ ongoing non-canon imprint, the recent “Elseworlds” crossover between the CW’s The Flash, Supergirl and Arrow was a body-swapping jaunt through the multiverse. But the event almost shared a name with a very different – and vastly darker – DC comic: 2004’s controversial Identity Crisis.
Arrow consulting producer Marc Guggenheim explained his decision in a behind-the-scenes video from Entertainment Weekly. He says that, while he and the other writers really liked the title “Identity Crisis,” they knew it wouldn’t be a fit for what they were doing with the Arrowverse.
“The problem is that ‘Identity Crisis’ is another different iconic DC story. While the title would work perfectly for this, it would really be false advertising, because we’re obviously not doing the Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales Identity Crisis story,” Guggenheim said.
2004’s Identity Crisis, written by Brad Meltzer with art by Rags Morales and Michael Bair, notably followed the breakdown of trust within the Justice League after Elongated Man’s wife Sue Dibny was murdered. Throughout the seven issues, threats were issued to numerous other Justice League family members, and it was revealed that Zatanna and the League had repeatedly wiped the memories of villains that had discovered their identities.
With that title out of the mix, “Elseworlds” seemed like the best fit. “We had a list of titles that could work, and I think we all kind of gravitated towards ‘Elseworlds,'” he said.
“Inside the Crossover: Elseworlds,” a special feature included with any season pass purchase of The Flash: Season 5, Supergirl: Season 4 and Arrow: Season 7, will be available on Friday, Dec. 14.
The Flash returns from its winter hiatus on Tuesday, January 15, with Supergirl coming back on Sunday, January 20 and Arrow on Monday, January 21 on the CW.