From Flash to Robin, ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ is here


The biggest, and one of the most anticipated television crossover events, is about to start this Sunday. Five years in the making, the CW  begins the five-night “Arrowverse” crossover called,  Crisis on Infinite Earths, that features a litany of DC Comics superheroes from the Greg Berlanti-helmed universe.

A sequel of to last year’s massively popular CW crossover Elseworlds,  this year’s is predicted to be epic in scale and emotion as we will say good-bye to some beloved characters.

The ambitious event finds the heroes uniting to stop a powerful force, called The Anti-Monitor (LaMonica Garrett), that’s destroying reality.

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The DC multiverse was first introduce in The Flash’s first season and expanded into the crossover World’s Finest, that featured Supergirl, Arrow and the Scarlett Speedster.

Now, this way expanded “verse” explores almost every DC show ever conceived from John Wesley Shipp’s 1990s The Flash to Smallville to even the Christopher Reeve version of Superman.

In other words,  every movie, comic and TV program ever produced by the company behind Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman have all taken place in the same universe, albeit on different parallel Earths.

The crossover has been carefully building for years and will involve dozens of characters, some of whom will undergo major changes. Others may not make it out alive.

“This is our version of Avengers: Endgame,” John Wesley Shipp told The New York Post. “What Marvel has done so right in the film universe, DC has done extraordinarily well in the TV universe.”

(Grant Gustin as The Flash, Audrey Marie Anderson as Harbinger, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary and Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom in “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One.”)

Want to see Brandon Routh, who normally plays the Atom on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, reprise his role from Superman Returns? Boom. Miss Tom Welling as Clark? Boom. And so on.

Even TV’s original Robin (Burt Ward) is back.

Burt Ward as Robin in 1966-68 "Batman."
(Burt Ward as Robin in 1966-68 Batman.)

“We wanted to touch as many strands of the DC tapestry as possible,” “Crisis” architect Marc Guggenheim told  The New York Post. “In some cases, it’s quick glimpses. In other cases, it’s an entire scene or a story across a couple episodes.”

Crisis, which is based on a 1985 miniseries by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, was initially hinted at in the first episode of “The Flash” in 2014.

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Tom Cavanagh as Pariah, Hartley Sawyer as Dibney/Elongated Man and Brandon Routh as Superman in "Crisis On Infinite Earths: Part Three.”
(Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Tom Cavanagh as Pariah, Hartley Sawyer as Dibney/Elongated Man and Brandon Routh as Superman in “Crisis On Infinite Earths: Part Three.”)

That pilot ended with a glimpse of a newspaper from 2024 proclaiming that the Flash (Grant Gustin) had vanished in the “Crisis.” That tease, however, had no firm plan behind it.

“I would call it a hope and a dream,” Guggenheim says. “We didn’t even know enough to hope. It was more like whatever we can sort of head-fake toward. It wasn’t until a year ago when we get the corporate permission that we were allowed to do this.”

Cannot wait until Sunday.

SOURCE: New York Post