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Arrow, 308 "The Brawn and the Bold" - Barry Allen / The Flash (guest star Grant Gustin) and Oliver Queen / The Arrow (Stephen Amell) ©2014 CW Network

Fans of Arrow and The Flash won’t have to wait much longer for their shows to return to The CW.

Arrow tells the story of billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) who with the help of his chauffeur and friends wages a one-man war on crime in the disguise of Arrow.

The Flash, which premiered this fall, spotlights the saga of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) who, after a horrible accident, discovers he has the power of super speed, giving him the ability to move through his city, protecting it as The Flash

Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell, in all their superhero-ness, came by the TV Critics tour recently to talk about their shows. The Flash continues on January 20th and Arrow on January 21st.

How did you enjoy doing the crossover episode a few months ago?

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The Flash, 104 “Going Rogue” – Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) © 2014 The CW Network, photo by Cate Cameron

Grant: For The Flash it was still very early on. So it was incredibly overwhelming to be shooting two shows at once. But we made it work, and we had a lot of fun in the midst of the craziness, and it turned out great.

Stephen: The crossover was a new experience. I thought that they were two of the best scripts that either show has ever put forward. The logistical elements of it were something that we had to figure out as we moved along, but I think that everyone did a great job, and that future crossovers will be even bigger, better and smoother.

Grant, did it feel especially different for you because The Flash was launched on Arrow? How different was it being responsible for your own show now?

Grant: Maybe I should feel more responsible, but I don’t to be honest, because there’s so many other amazing actors on the show. It doesn’t feel incredibly different.

It was nice that I got to introduce myself to the character while guest-starring on another show. because there was less pressure, I guess, in that environment. But I’m still playing the same character, and it really doesn’t feel that different from one show to the next.

Stephen, because Arrow is clearly dead, I assume you’re here in an emeritus capacity?

Stephen: Quite frankly, I feel like I earned my spot here (he laughs).

Did they warn you how the midseason finale was going to conclude?

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Arrow, 304 “The Magician” – Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) © 2014 The CW Network, Photo by Cate Cameron

Stephen: There’s no warning. We had a very full discussion about the third season and [I was told] that the first arc of our season will commence with Sara’s death, and will end with Oliver facing Ra’s al Ghul and losing.

I personally love it when there is adversity for the protagonists, and when we give other characters on the show an opportunity to acquit themselves and to come more into leading roles.

We’re 50-plus episodes into our show, and if we don’t give other characters an opportunity to shoulder the load, then we give nothing for the viewers to attach themselves to, and it’ll be difficult to do our next 50 episodes.

What is doing the green screen like for you, Grant?

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The Flash 105 “Plastique” – The Flash (Grant Gustin) ©2014 The CW Network, photo by Cate Cameron

Grant: The green screen work scared me early on, because I had never done anything like that before, and there’s nothing in front of you.

You have to imagine it all. But I’ve been playing a superhero since I was a kid, and you don’t think you’re goofing around as a kid; you take it very seriously.

As an actor, what I always try to find first in a scene is just what is my truth in that scene. And if I can just find truthfulness in any scene then, no matter how big it is, it’s going to be grounded.

Why do you think there are so many superhero shows on TV right now?

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Arrow, 304 “The Magician” – The Arrow (Stephen Amell) © 2014 The CW Network, Photo by Cate Cameron

Stephen: Well, Arrow came out in 2012, and a lot of people liked the pilot, but talked about how genre shows, specifically comic-book adaptations, didn’t work that well on television, and then it did, so now there are more.

I think that’s pretty much it.

Judy Sloane

Judy is Film Review Online's regular Los Angeles based reporter.