With Flash and Supergirl facing death in an effort to slow time and stop John Deegan from rewriting reality, Oliver seeks out the Monitor and offers to make an off-screen deal to keep them alive — because he knows the looming Crisis will need their leadership, and their heart, for the world to survive. We don’t know what deal Oliver cut to rewrite their fates, but he seems somber yet content about his decision, so he certainly could have traded his own life for theirs — with a bill set to come due in Fall 2019.
It’s harder to think of two things in comics that are tonally further apart than the high art philosophy and folklore of Vertigo Comics‘ seminal Sandman series and the bright, light breeziness of the The CW’s Arrowverse. Well, those worlds have officially collided with the recent Elseworlds crossover which saw a supervillain who–though introduced in Justice League of America Vol. 1 #5 as a vital antagonist to the superteam–has also played a vital role in the cult comic from Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean, and Sam Keith. Yep, Doctor Destiny made an appearance.
According to TV Guide, it’s not a “no” from the higher-ups. Arrow showrunner Beth Schwartz spoke after a press screening about the throwaway comment and whether it had any bearing on this particular dimension. “To be continued,” Schwartz said, “We were all really excited about that fun nod, but I’m not sure what’s to come of that, really.” So, nothing definite, but that’s more than enough hope for some fans.
People change, Felicity. It means we’re growing. It means we’re evolving. Except for one thing, one thing that will not change… Is how I feel about you. And no matter who you are, or what you become… No matter who I am, or what I become… You will always be… You will always be the love of my life. People change. That never will.
“Try spending nearly five years on an island in the middle of nowhere and seven months in prison while also seeing your mother, best friend, and former girlfriend die right in front of you, in ways that make you believe that their deaths were all your fault. Try being a father to a motherless son, a mayor within a government that’s so corrupt that you can’t trust a single political ally, and a hero to a city that would rather arrest you than celebrate you (let alone name a goddamn coffee after you). Try being the leader of a team whose members undermine you and betray you, a best friend to a man who has recently let his jealousy and selfishness cause a rift between the two of you, and a husband to a wife who is heading down a dark path that frightens you…”