Since 2012, The CW has gradually built up their television superhero empire — the Arrowverse. Starting with billionaire vigilante Oliver Queen on the eponymous Arrow and later being joined by The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Black Lightning.
While there have been crossovers between these shows before, nothing has been on the scale of Crisis of Infinite Earths. Spearheaded by Marc Guggenheim (co-developer of Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow) and based on the 1980s twelve part comic by Marv Wolfman, it brings together not only characters from the interconnected series but also classic DC lore, to face the ultimate threat: multiversal annihilation.
For those unfamiliar, the multiverse is a concept that has existed in the Arrowverse since The Flash season two back in 2015. As well as our Earth, there are multiple others that exist. Some feature exact doppelgangers of the same people.
As expected, the respective lead characters of the individual shows – The Flash/Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), Supergirl/Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist), Legends leader Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) and Batwoman/Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) all have prominent roles to play alongside Arrow’s Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen.
As of writing, only Part One of the five part Crisis event has aired. Since it is classed as a Supergirl episode, much of that show’s regular cast (including Chyler Leigh, David Harewood and Jesse Rath) appears in varying roles of importance.
We have already been treated to highly pleasing cameos, both publicised and kept secret.
Burt Ward and Robert Wuhl, who portrayed Dick Grayson/Robin in the classic 1996 Batman series starring Adam West, make brief appearances in the Crisis premiere. Likewise, Smallville’s Lois Lane, Erica Durance, also appears though as her established Arrowverse character Alura Zor-El.
We also see familiar faces such as Earth-X’s The Ray (Russell Tovey) and two stars of DC Universe’s Titans – Jason Todd/Robin (Curran Walters) and Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson). Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: Next Generation also has a brief cameo.
Other stars expected to appear during the next four episodes include Arrowverse mainstay John Wesley Shipp (Barry Allen/Henry Allen/Jay Garrick), Smallville’s Tom Welling, Black Lightning star Cress Williams, renowned Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy and Supergirl’s Lex Luthor; Jon Cryer.
Crisis on Infinite Earth continues with Part Two on December 9. This is a Batwoman episode.