“We’re excited to announce,” reads a Warner Bros press release, “that the Big Bad for this season’s 4-way crossover between Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will be DC Comics’ Dominators.”
“This year, for our mega ‘Arrowverse’ crossover,” explained executive producer Marc Guggenheim, “we’re taking inspiration from a DC crossover from the late 1980s known as Invasion!, which featured an alien race called the Dominators, who’d previously vexed the Legion of Superheroes.”
1989’s Invasion! event saw the Dominators becoming concerned at the burgeoning number of metahumans on Earth, genetically enhancing their own metagenes to take them on. It’s not yet clear if that will be the reasoning for this TV-centric invasion, however.
“We’re using cutting edge prosthetics and computer effects to achieve a feature film-quality look,” explained Guggenheim, “which is faithful to Invasion! artist Todd McFarlane’s interpretation of the characters.”
The crossover has been described as “the biggest one ever” by CW head Mark Pedowitz, and is due to air this December.