According to TVLine, this fall’s four-way crossover between Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will pit the super crew against DC Comics’ Dominators, TVLine has learned. Arrow and Legends EP Marc Guggenheim says he’s “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.
“We’re using cutting-edge prosthetics and computer effects to achieve a feature film-quality look,” Guggenheim adds, “which is faithful to Invasion! artist Todd McFarlane’s interpretation of the characters.”
Created in 1967 by Jim Shooter for DC’s long-running anthology series Adventure Comics, the Dominators are members of the alien empire known as the Dominion, a rigid caste society in which social status is denoted by the size of a red circle on one’s forehead. Emotionless and calculating, Dominators are masters of genetic manipulation who seek to enhance their abilities to aid in their conquests.
The Dominators were introduced primarily as enemies of DC’s Legion of Superheroes, whose stories were set a thousand years in the future. But in 1989 they were given wider focus in the three-issue limited series Invasion!, in which they serve as the leading faction behind a massive alien invasion of Earth. While the invasion is justified as a means of quelling the threat posed by Earth’s superheroes to the schemes of the various invaders, it’s revealed that the Dominators’ true plan is to harvest our world’s metahumans in order learn to breed their own.
Given how awesomely Gorilla Grodd and King Shark have been realized, we here at SciFi Pulse can’t wait to see the Dominators in all their yellow skinned and sharp toothed glory!