Crisis on Infinite Earths: A Crash Course Before the Major Crossover
Tue, April 20, 2021

Crisis on Infinite Earths: A Crash Course Before the Major Crossover

DC is serving its own version of the "most ambitious crossover event in history": Crisis on Infinite Earths / Photo by: Joel Kramer via Flickr

 

DC is serving its own version of the "most ambitious crossover event in history": Crisis on Infinite Earths. Based on the comics storyline of the same name, the incoming crisis will bring together DC's superheroes in a five-part mega-event starting this week on "Supergirl."

There are a lot of things that happened leading up to this event and new fans (or people who are just intrigued) may be confused where or when to start to understand it better. With that, here's a quick guide on what the event is about and which DC heroes will be present.


The Crisis

Rotten Tomatoes, an American TV and film review-aggregator website, quickly summarizes the "Crisis" as: "The worlds of the Arrowverse and countless more are threatened by a wave of antimatter. A multiversal being known as the Monitor has assembled heroes like the Oliver Queen, the Flash, Batwoman, and Supergirl to halt the wave. But with universes dying every second, it may more of a crisis than the heroes can handle."

Comic book writer Marv Wolfman wrote the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" series in 1985 as a means to "clean up" DC's "convoluted cosmology of parallel worlds, imaginary stories, and impenetrable lore," says Rotten Tomatoes.

The series aims to simplify the comics' conflicting ideas into something that's easily understood. For the Arrowverse's "Crisis," however, the story will bank on the gripping emotions of the original storyline in the comics to signify the start and the end of an era for the individual shows involved in the crossover event.

"We wanted the characters to go through something incredibly significant," Keto Shimizu, co-showrunner of DC's "Legends of Tomorrow," told the review website. "That’s what grounds this and makes this Crisis important on a deep ‘heart’ level. It brings [the characters on each show] closer together [emotionally]."

Rotten Tomatoes adds that the most crucial part of "Crisis" is getting the characters to places where they are free to express their feelings, while also presenting viewers with plenty of action. The "Crisis" TV episodes will tell the story of dying worlds, hint of possibilities, and show how the main characters will bond as they try to save the multiverse.

Setting the scene

In their individual shows, the heroes of "Crisis" have personal missions they need to accomplish before the Anti-Monitor, the Monitor's evil brother, destroys various Earths and realities.


Arrow

Oliver Queen a.k.a the Green Arrow is moving closer to his end as the very first series of the Arrowverse steps into its final season. According to CBR.com, the go-to source for comics news and discussions. Oliver was tasked to recruit DC's heroes across the multiverse and build the team that will fight against the Anti-Monitor—eventually leading him to revisit places and people from his past.

Oliver Queen a.k.a the Green Arrow is moving closer to his end as the very first series of the Arrowverse steps into its final season / Photo by: FanAboutTown via Flickr

 

The Flash

The current season of "The Flash" is also setting up the hero to face his supposed end as the original comic storyline sees Barry Allen/The Flash dying in the event. As the tension in the multiverse continues to build up in the series, The Flash's world-hopping ally—Gypsy—will meet her death as well.

The Flash from the '90s TV series, played by John Wesley Shipp, will join Barry in "Crisis."

Supergirl

"Supergirl" didn't lay out much narrative for "Crisis," CBR.com says, and has instead developed its own storyline for the current season. But the crossover will see the heroine's numerous cousins: from the Superman of "Superman Returns" and "Smallville" to the Supergirl of "Earth Superman."

Since Supergirl doesn't live on the same Earth as The Flash and Green Arrow, "Crisis" will put the heroine in the same one as the other heroes—if the TV event diligently follows the story of the comics. One of the few ways "Supergirl" did set up the event is the return of Lex Luthor, who was killed off and eventually brought back by The Monitor.

"The maniacal scientist's brain may actually play a key role in stopping the greater threat of the Anti-Monitor," the comics news source explains.

Since Supergirl doesn't live on the same Earth as The Flash and Green Arrow, "Crisis" will put the heroine in the same one as the other heroes—if the TV event diligently follows the story of the comics / Photo by: Richie S via Flickr

 

Batwoman

She is the newest addition to The CW after appearing in "Elseworlds" last year (the fifth crossover in the Arrowverse). Since she has yet to establish her identity, Batwoman's story will serve as some sort of prequel. This means viewers can skip it altogether if they simply want to catch up for "Crisis."

However, there will be other Bat-characters in the event. One of whom is Kevin Conroy, who voiced Batman in the DC Animated Universe and will play an elderly Bruce Wayne in "Crisis." This could be the closest thing fans can get to Batman, who has never made a full appearance in the Arrowverse.

The 1960s Robin, Burt Ward, will also be making a cameo in the crossover. Who exactly he is playing remains unknown so his effect in "Crisis"—or maybe even "Batwoman"—is still a mystery.

Other DC CW shows, so far, have unrelated plots to "Crisis." But that doesn't mean other heroes won't be seen in the crossover; in fact, some of the cameos that will be announced will pave the way for larger storylines.