Sunday, December 8, 2019

Everything We Know About the Arrowverse Crisis of Infinite Earths Crossover [Contributor: Araceli Aviles]

The excitement for the Arrowverse’s massive, movie-style crossover might be the most highly anticipated event in network television in recent years. That being said, if you’re as dedicated and detail-oriented a fan as I am, you’re probably massively overwhelmed, and confused, as to how all of this is going to play out. For every new nugget of information we’ve received, there are equal scores of questions fans need answered. Therefore, I have compiled a list of confirmed guest stars as well as the biggest questions fans want to know about how Crisis, and Arrow’s subsequent end, will affect this universe of heroes.


Count on the regular players on Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman, to suit up, not all of whom will be donning their usual garb. It has been confirmed that Brandon Routh will be retaking his original superhero mantle as Superman for this crisis, which he originated in 2006’s Superman Returns. Only this time he will be known as Kingdom Come Superman.

Additionally, Arrow’s Audrey Marie Anderson will trade her power suit for her first supersuit, taking on the role of Harbinger. Not that we ever thought Lyla Michaels needed a costume to be amazing, but it’s still a treat!

Also reporting for Crisis duty:

  • Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent/Superman
  • Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane
  • Tom Welling as Clark Kent/Superman
  • Erica Durance as Lois Lane
  • LaMonica Garrett as the Monitor/Anti-Monitor
  • Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor
  • Cress Williams as Black Lightning
  • Tom Cavanagh as Pariah, a scientist with a direct connection to the Anti-Monitor.
  • Osric Chau as Ryan Choi, a new version of the The Atom
  • Kevin Conroy as Future Bruce Wayne/Rumored Kingdom Come Batman
  • Burt Ward in a yet undisclosed role/cameo


Both Arrow and The Flash have done an excellent job of setting up Crisis of Infinite Earths. This is particularly important because, more than anyone, both Oliver Queen and Barry Allen are under the impression that neither one of them will survive. But... do any of us really believe that? In addition to that hanging sword, here are a few other lingering questions that deserve answers by the end of Crisis:
  1. Can the effects of Crisis, such as the destruction of Earth-2 (and, as revealed in recent sneak peeks, Kryptonian refuge Argo) be reversed?
  2. How are Arrow’s 2040 characters involved in protecting their parents’ past, and how will the present-day ensemble react to their involvement?
  3. Can Nora Allen still be born/revived?
  4. Will the remaining Earths be merged, thus combining universes allowing for more cohesive crossovers post-Arrow?
  5. Will Black Lighting come on board for future crossovers upon Arrow’s end?
  6. Why was Supergirl, specifically, given no prior warning as to the crisis, given how the destruction of Argo kicks off her own personal devastation?
  7. How does the Monitor expect Lex Luthor to be the “hero” of this story?
  8. Was it always going to be Oliver’s choice to be the sacrificial lamb, or is there a larger cosmic destiny behind his impending death? Was this always his fate?
The most crucial detail to remember for the Crisis of Infinite Earths crossover? When it’s airing! Mark your calendars now. Crisis premieres in each Arrowverse starting tonight, and in the weeks to come as follows:

  • Sunday, December 8: Supergirl
  • Monday, December 9: Batwoman
  • Tuesday, December 10: The Flash
  • Tuesday, January 14: Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow
One piece of good news that we know for sure will come out of this crossover is that, by the end, we will have answers to almost every question we have, at least regarding Arrow. The end is nigh, my friends. And if we want some hope of light at the end of this tunnel, let us look to Marc Guggenheim’s final script pages for Arrow’s series finale: “Of possibility...”


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