Last night’s Legends of Tomorrow featured a joke mocking Arrow, and it turns out Arrow’s showrunner Marc Guggenheim was responsible for it.
Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim wrote last night’s Legends of Tomorrow joke that mocked the original CW DC show. Guggenheim, along with Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, created Arrow back in 2012. Once Arrow proved to be a success for The CW, spin-offs gradually followed until the network had a veritable connected universe on its hands: The Arrowverse. While Arrow came to an end earlier this year, the rest of the universe lives on and even continues to grow, with Superman & Lois set to join the family next year. Also included within the Arrowverse is Legends of Tomorrow, which Guggenheim also had a hand in creating.
Legends of Tomorrow has the distinction of being the weirdest and most unique of all the Arrowverse shows, largely thanks to its fun cast of characters and time-traveling plots. The most recent episode, “The One Where We’re Trapped On TV”, took the titular Legends and stuck them in hilarious television parodies. While the characters sought to escape Star Trek and Downton Abbey-inspired shows, the Arrow reference came in a Friends homage, when Nate (Nick Zano) revealed he had auditioned to play “Robin Hood in Arrow, a show about a vigilante.” In response, Zari (Tala Ashe) simply said, “That’s dumb.”
Arrowverse fans were likely delighted by this quick reference, and it turns out that Guggenheim himself was responsible. Guggenheim made his directorial debut with “The One Where We’re Trapped On TV”, and he told EW after the episode aired that he put in the Arrow dig. “I think the only two audibles I called in terms of adding in Easter eggs were the joke that’s at Arrow’s expense when Nate describes the Hood show and Zari says it’s dumb,” Guggenheim revealed. “That was my ad-lib.”
Of all the Arrowverse shows, Legends of Tomorrow is the one most likely to go meta when it comes to their jokes. The series is known for making jokes about the Arrowverse’s yearly crossovers, even when they’re not even in them, as was the case with 2018’s Elseworlds. Legends of Tomorrow also isn’t above referencing other CW shows, as this season alone featured something of a crossover with the long-running series Supernatural.
Much like the rest of the Arrowverse, Legends of Tomorrow will return for another season next year. The coronavirus pandemic forced other ongoing Arrowverse shows like The Flash and Supergirl to end with shortened seasons, but Legends of Tomorrow will get to complete its fifth outing with the proper number of intended episodes. This means that next week’s installment will be its season finale and will likely wrap up its Loom of Fate plot line. Of course, it also wouldn’t be surprising if the finale left off with a cliffhanger, so fans should probably brace themselves. After all, they’ve got quite the wait ahead of them.