Before anyone had really seen significant scenes from Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, we had the first real crossover of the DC Universe last year with the team-up of The Flash and Arrow. Well, the big-screen matchup between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel is coming March 25, but tonight and tomorrow we have Central City and Star City’s finest back together again on the small screen. As I say in my video review above, this time around the pairing is more mature, more epic, smarter, darker, emotionally charged and threat-filled than last year.

Deadline Review Badge Dominic PattenPart of what makes this second of supposedly many annual Flash and Arrow crossovers is that the characters played by Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell are more established than last year, when Flash had only been on the CW’s schedule for a few weeks (and I liked last year’s crossover quite a bit, as my review made clear).

Also deepening this year’s two-nighter executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim is that the crossover is actually more a trio in principle than a duo. With Falk Hentschel’s Carter Hall aka Hawkman, Ciara Renée’s Kendra Saunders aka Hawkgirl, and Casper Crump’s immortal villain Vandal Savage also on board, the episodes not only stand as a single united story but also as a launch pad of sorts for the expansion of the WBTV superhero cosmos with DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, which debuts January 21.

Here’s the bottom line: As so many series wrap things up for the year with winter finales, Team Flash and Team Arrow are kicking it up several notches with an almost movie-scale effort well worth strapping in for. So take a look at my review of Flash and Arrow plus some Legends and tell us what you think. Will you be #FlashxArrow tonight and tomorrow?