The Dominators: A Guide to ‘Arrow’ Crossover Baddies

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On the heels of the first photo of Stephen Amell and Melissa Benoist filming scenes together for the upcoming crossover to mix up Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, Warner Bros. TV has an otherworldly announcement to make: The heroes are teaming up to fight the Dominators. The alien race is bringing some serious trouble to Earth and it’s going to take The CW’s finest superheroes to stop them. “This year, for our mega Arrowverse crossover, 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,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim says in a release. “We’re using cutting edge prosthetics and computer effects to achieve a feature film-quality look which is faithful to Invasion! artist Todd McFarlane’s interpretation of the characters.”

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As explained by Guggenheim, the Dominators were first introduced in the Invasion! comics. They’re recognizable by their yellow skin and the red circle on their head. In the comics, the size of that circle determines your place in their hierarchical society. Ironically enough, if you take a look at the image from the comics above, they share a look and color scheme with Reverse Flash.

In Invasion!, the Dominators are the leading force behind an alliance of alien races intend on taking earth for themselves. While at this point it looks like they’re the only aliens involved in the crossover — other than Supergirl, that is — opening up the Dominators to these shows leaves a lot of room for expansion in future seasons.

As for what it is that makes these aliens such a force to be reckoned with, beyond their advanced technology, they also have the ability to their their own genetics, altering themselves and making themselves more powerful.

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In a world where the Green Arrow and his newly trained team is getting used to battling actual non-superpowered humans again, this is going to be a big mountain to climb. Luckily, they’ll have the time-traveling Legends, a speedster named Barry and the girl of steel on their side.

The Arrowverse crossover will air later in 2016.