Multiverse (DC Comics)

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A depiction of several alternate Earths within the Multiverse and the variations of the Flash inhabiting each Earth. Art by Dan Jurgens and Art Thibert

The Multiverse, within DC Comics publications, is a "cosmic construct" collecting many of the fictional universes in which the published stories take place. The worlds in this multiverse share a space and fate in common and its structure has changed several times in the history of DC Comics.[1]

History[edit]

Golden Age[edit]

The concept of a universe and a multiverse in which the fictional stories take place was loosely established during the Golden Age. There was not a consistent continuity, many stories were forgotten or dismissed in order to tell new stories. In addition, stories in other publications had no influence nor relation between each other. With the publication of All-Star Comics #3 in 1940, the first crossover between characters occurred with the creation of the Justice Society of America which presented the first super hero team with characters appearing in other publications (comic strips and anthology titles) to bring attention to less known characters. Characters with their own titles became "honorary members". In 1941, World's Best Comics No.1 showcased the first cover with Superman and Batman and Robin appearing together. These characters were considered to be worlds apart as the stories from Superman were filled with superpowers and Sci-Fi and Batman dealt with crime and mysteries in situations similar to the real world. Later in 1952, in Superman #76, the first adventure with Superman and Batman working together was published. These publications put the heroes of DC Comics in the same fictional world ipso facto.

Wonder Woman #59 (May 1953) presented the DC Comics' first story depicting a parallel "mirror" world. Wonder Woman is transported to a twin Earth were she meets Tara Terruna who is exactly like her. Tara Terruna means in the native language of that world, Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman describes this world as being a twin world existing alongside with Earth with duplicates of everyone but with a different development. It is not stated that the "twin" Earth was in a "twin" Universe. The concept of different versions of the world and its heroes was revisited in the pages of Wonder Woman several times later.

Silver Age[edit]

Led by editor Julius Schwartz and writer Gardner Fox, DC Comics' super heroes were given a "reboot" with the publication of Showcase #4 in 1956 where a new version of The Flash made its first appearance. The success of this new Flash led the creation of new incarnations of the Golden Age characters who only shared the names and powers but had different secret identities, origins and stories. Later, new versions of other heroes, namely, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, were also restarted by retelling their origins but keeping their secret identities. Gardner Fox, who worked before in the creation of the JSA where other heroes met for the first time, created the story "Flash of Two Worlds" in The Flash #123, where Barry Allen, the new Flash, is transported to the Earth where the original Flash, Jay Garrick, existed. To Allen, Jay Garrick's world was a work of fiction as it was in the real world. A key concept of the Multiverse was told in this story: each universe vibrates at an specific frequency which keeps them separated, by "tuning" to that vibration, an individual is capable of breaking the "barriers" between the universes, in the case of Allen, he "tuned" his entire body by vibrating and was capable to travel to the other Earth, in the case of Gardner Fox himself and other comic book writers in Barry Allen's Earth, their minds tuned to Jay Garrick's world and had dreams of the happenings of that world, which they later wrote as comic book stories.

The success of this story led to the first team crossover between the new Justice League of America and the Golden Age JSA, in the stories Crisis on Earth-One (Justice League of America #21) and Crisis on Earth-Two (Justice League of America #22). This story arc started a tradition of a yearly crossover between the JLA and the JSA and established firmly the concept of a Multiverse and the designation of names, being Earth-One the JLA reality and Earth-Two the JSA reality. The success of these crossovers spawned publications telling the further stories of the Golden Age heroes in the present day parting from many of the stories told, thus, establishing a more defined continuity for every Universe.

This concept of parallel Earths with differences in locations, persons and historical events became a very important ingredient within DC Comics' publications. It helped (among other things) to explain continuity errors, retell and retcon stories and incorporate foreign elements that could actively interact with everything else and allowing them to have a "existence". Continuity flaws between the established Earth-Two and several stories from the Golden Age, were given separate earths. "Imaginary" stories and some time divergences of Earth-One were given also separate realities (such as Earth-B and Earth-A). In addition to the stories appearing mainly in the pages of JLA that created new Earths, the acquisition of other comic book companies and characters by DC Comics, brought even more Earths to the Multiverse. By the 1970's, everything that was published or related officially to DC Comics' titles could become part of the Multiverse, although much of it remained largely uncatalogued.

The Multiverse and the Antimatter Universe were result of the interference at the moment of the creation of the Universe by a scientist called Krona billions of years before the 20th Century.

Crisis on Infinite Earths[edit]

As the 50th anniversary of DC Comics was close, major events were proposed for the celebration, an encyclopedia (Who's Who) and a crossover throughout the ages, characters and worlds appearing in DC Comics. As told in the letter section of Crisis On Infinite Earths #1, as the research started in the late 70's, it became evident the many flaws in continuity. The way used to circumvent some of these errors was the "Multiple Earths" which also showed a chaotic nature that brought even more continuity problems that were not easily explained or were simply left unexplained. Examples of this included, Black Canary of Earth-One being the daughter of the original Black Canary of WWII even though the original Black Canary was a resident of Earth-Two, and the existence of Golden Age comic books on Earth-One and the people not noticing that some of the characters in those comic books existed in "real-life". In addition, many universes had multiple alternate timelines, such as Kamandi and the Legion of Super-Heroes, both being form Earth-One.

Writer Marv Wolfman took this crossover event as an opportunity to reform all the fictional universe of DC Comics to avoid further continuity errors and update the DC characters to modern times.

Crisis on Infinite Earths started with the expansion of the Anti-Matter Universe that destroyed every positive matter universe in its path. By the time the heroes of the remaining earths and timelines managed to stop the destruction, only 5 Earths remained: Earth-One, Earth-Two, Earth-Four (where the characters of Charlton Comics were placed), Earth-S (home world of SHAZAM! and characters from Fawcett Comics) and Earth-X (base of the Freedom Fighters from Quality Comics).
By the end of the Crisis, the Multiverse was recreated in a single Universe with a single Earth.

Modern Age[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

After the conclusion of Crisis on Infinite Earths, the concept of a single Universe containing most elements of the "surviving Earths" was established and heavily enforced to avoid the continuity problems of the Multiverse. However, alternate realities affecting the new DC Universe made their appearance very quickly. In Superman Vol.2 #8, a Universe inside the Universe was revealed to have been created to preserve the Legion of Super Heroes' 30th century in New Earth. This Pocket Universe was similar to Earth-One. This world was used to allow crossovers with certain characters of the Legion of Super-Heroes and recreate characters that otherwise couldn't exist in the new continuity. Alternate timelines were also used, being most notable the event Armageddon 2001 in 1991. An Antimatter Universe existed as well which had some "reversed" events in a similar way as the former Earth-Three. The Earth within this Universe was called "Earth 2". In addition, there was a Limbo, were some heroes and characters that could not be brought back to "existence" after the Crisis on Infinite Earths, lived outside the Universe.

An important rule in the new DC Universe was that there could only be one timeline, so any change caused by time travelers caused the destruction of their timelines of origin. Changes in the past were often "fixed" or have to comply with the present to prevent continuity errors.

Nonetheless, continuity errors appeared. The retold origin of Hawkman presented errors regarding the existence of the Golden Age version (Carter Hall) and the Silver Age version (Katar Hol) in the same continuity without a good explanation. The interaction of "possible timelines" also created continuity holes. This led to a new crisis to address the problem: The Zero-Hour. The resulting universe had a slightly re-written story with no continuity errors even though it was acknowledged that reality-shattering events did happen (including Crisis on Infinite Earths). This Universe kept the concept of one universe, one timeline.

The need to publish stories outside the strict DC Universe continuity led to the creation of certain DC imprints. Stories that set DC characters in different situations published by DC Comics after the Crisis On Infinite Earths, were considered "imaginary stories" under the Elseworlds imprint. None of these stories were ever to be included in the "real" continuity of the DC Universe.

Certain characters were reinvented in a mature context and were published under the Vertigo imprint. Most of the times, the tales depicted within the Vertigo imprint had no relation to the original DC Universe versions or the events in this imprint had no influence over the new Universe.

Later, DC Comics published under a special publishing deal with Milestone Media a new series of comic books that told the stories of the heroes living in Dakota City, formed mostly by African-American super heroes and other minorities. These characters lived in a universe separated from the DC Universe (known as the Dakotaverse or Milestone Universe). The event World's Collide presented one of the first modern intercompany crossovers within the established continuity of the Universes instead of being "imaginary".

In a similar way to World's Collide, the crossover event DC VERSUS Marvel Comics/Marvel Comics VERSUS DC showed another in-continuity crossover with another reality completely separated from the DC Universe and that has a Multiverse of its own: Earth-616 of the Marvel Multiverse.
In summary, from 1986 to 1999, everything not happening in the "mainstream" continuity appearing in DC Comics, was either an "apocryphal" story or happened in a completely different and separated reality/Universe/Multiverse that could not be easily crossed-over.

While in the comic books the concept of a "real" Multiverse was avoided, the Multiverse played an important role in cartoon series and live-action shows (see Other versions).
In 1999, the concept known as Hypertime was introduced. This structure gave "existence" to alternate timelines, stories in Elseworlds, appearances in other media and any other appearance of DC characters in the past. The main timeline was like a river and all of the alternate stories were branches of it. This gave the possibility of any of these "branches" to interact with the "true" timeline. Hypertime was similar to the former Multiverse as it allowed each and every reality ever published to co-exist and interact as most branches tend to return to the original stream (explaining some retcons). In the Hypertime, all realities existed within only one Universe.

WildStorm[edit]

Originally, the stories appearing in WildStorm Productions' comic books occurred in a Universe that was part of the Image Universe along with other characters appearing in Image publications. It was separated from it during the event Shattered Image consolidating the separate WildStorm Universe which had its own Multiversal structure. In Warren Ellis' Planetary series, the structure of the Multiverse is described as a web of 196,833 universes arranged in a pattern resembling a snowflake, each universe separated from its neighbors by a medium called the Bleed.[volume & issue needed]. After the purchase of WildStorm by DC Comics, crossovers occurred with the new DC Universe which were still separated just like Milestone and Marvel.

21st Century[edit]

52[edit]

In 2005, a new crisis was published as a way to update once more the super heroes of DC Comics. During the event Infinite Crisis, the Universe was "splintered" and the original Multiverse was restored briefly, showing that the entire Hypertime and many other appearances of the DC characters, were part of the original Multiverse, including Tangent Comics which were published 12 years after the Multiverse was no more. In the end of Infinite Crisis, the multiverse is merged back as a New Earth with a new continuity with many stories re-written and many others from the Modern Age still happening.

In parallel, Captain Atom arrives in the WildStorm Universe (Captain Atom: Armageddon), his actions led to the destruction of the Wildstorm Universe (and possibly its Multiverse) in order to recreate it.

The aftermath of Infinite Crisis and Captain Atom: Armageddon (52, 'Countdown and Final Crisis) showed that a new Multiverse was created because a single universe could not hold the energy of the former Multiverse. The new Multiverse consisted of 52 positive matter universes, an Antimatter Universe and a Limbo. The main continuity still occurred in New Earth (also called Earth-0), Earths 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 resembled Earths One, Two, Three, Four, S, and X of the original Multiverse respectively. Earths 13 and 50 were Vertigo and the rebooted Wildstorm Universe. Many important stories from the Elseworld imprint were also given Earths within this new Multiverse.

In the miniseries, Milestone Forever, the Dakotaverse Earth is brought to its demise by Dharma of the Shadow Cabinet trying to prevent an apocalypse. Dharma manages to save the remains of the Dakotaverse by merging it with Earth-0, helped by the effects of the death of Darkseid during Final Crisis. Most of the stories that were told in Milestone Comics publications now occurred in New Earth and the Dakotaverse ceased to exist as a separated Universe.
Taking advantage of the fact that many of these universes were mostly unchronicled or merely glimpsed and that Final Crisis also changed the Multiverse slightly, certain inconsistencies and retcons appeared, such as Earth-1 being originally a "mirror" of Earth-One and later being the reality of J. Michael Straczynski's Superman: Earth One or Earth-16 being the home of an alternate Superman/Christopher Kent, the home of the Super-Sons, and later the reality of the Young Justice TV series.

The New 52[edit]

In the Flashpoint miniseries (May–September 2011), The Flash alters the timeline of Earth-0 creating a ripple effect that affected several past events, Earth-13 and Earth-50.[2] At the end of the event a new Multiverse of 52 Earths is created. The mainstream Earth (now known as Prime Earth) is technically a reboot of the DC Universe with many Vertigo and Wildstorm elements incorporated.[3] Most of the stories have been retold anew but certain events of New Earth remain (such as Batgirl being crippled by The Joker).

Unlike the former "52" Multiverse, most of it is uncataloged, only a couple have been officially revealed. It is believed that most of the former 52 don't exist anymore. For example, Earth 2 of The New 52 is completely different from the post-Infinite Crisis Earth-2 and Earth 3 is no longer the evil twin of Earth-2, it is now the twin for Prime Earth.

The Multiversity miniseries (2014) will reveal the rest of the universes within The New 52 and will define its structure.

Designation of DC Multiverse worlds[edit]

Multiverse[edit]

The covers of Justice League of America #21, Justice League of America #22 and Justice Society of America #29 spelled the numbers of the Earths and used a hyphen (Earth-One, Earth-Two and Earth-Three). This way of naming the Earths became a de facto standard, although it was often disregarded.
Every Universe had a unique vibration that kept them separated and allowed them to occupy the same space. The most common way to travel across the multiverse was with the help of a machine called "Cosmic Treadmill", used by people who controlled the Speed Force (namely, The Flash). Magic and cosmic incidents also made many people to travel to other universes. Even though the interaction between multiple Earths was common in the 20th Century with relative safety and ease, most of the population of Earth was unaware of the Multiverse until Crisis on Infinite Earths. The following is a short list of the most notable universes in the Multiverse.

DC Universe and The Megaverse[edit]

After Crisis on Infinite Earths, most alternate realities existed outside the Universe, others were ephemeral timelines and there was only one Universe inside the Universe that resembled one of the worlds from the extinct Multiverse. The collection of universes, multiverses and others that are unrelated, is most of the times called Megaverse. The contact of these worlds usually brought cataclysms, being the most common, the amalgamation. Traveling between these realities was extremely hard, only two characters were capable of doing so with natural abilities, Rift and Access. Rift almost destroyed the DC and Milestone realities and Access had the task of keeping DC and Marvel separated to prevent amalgamation. There was not a naming convention for the universes after the Crisis on Infinite Earths inside the comic book stories since it was supposed that the Universe was "only one". Only a few were named in the stories. The most common practice for naming officially and unofficially was using the name of the publisher or imprint.

52[edit]

A new Multiverse was revealed at the end of the 52 weekly limited series.[5] Unlike the original Multiverse, which was composed of an infinite number of alternate universes, this Multiverse is composed of only fifty-two alternate universes, The alternate universes were originally identical until Mister Mind "devoured" portions of each Earth's history, creating new, distinct Earths with their own histories and people.[6] Each of the alternate universes have their own parallel dimensions, divergent timelines, microverses, etc., branching off them.[7] The contact between the Universes was common and easy, like it was in the original Multiverse. However, its effects were more catastrophic now and the new Monitors (one for each universe) had the task of avoiding such contacts. If the main Earth should be destroyed, it would cause a chain reaction, destroying the rest of the 51 universes. The universes still vibrated in a specific frequency and were separated by a medium called "The Bleed", just like it was in the Wildstorm Universe. Although an inter-universal medium did exist in the original multiverse, it wasn't named as such. After the event Final Crisis, several universes suffered more changes, including New Earth; its population also became aware of the existence of the Multiverse.

A naming convention was established and followed this time in the format Earth, hyphen, numeral, beginning with Earth-0. Even with a new Multiverse, not every published or related work had an "Earth" within the 52 and there were no in-continuity intercompany crossovers.

The New 52[edit]

After the Flashpoint event of 2011, the main stories and publications were radically "rebooted". A new timeline for the main Earth was created after the timelines of Earth-0, Earth-13 and Earth-50 became one, creating a new set of 52 worlds. Only a few have been officially revealed as part of The New 52. Some stories that were published before Flashpoint kept their continuity after Flashpoint. Others are completely new. This new multiverse's continuity is unofficially called DCnU, "n" standing for new. Publications with stories occuring within this Multiverse have a "The New 52!" logo in the cover, while those not happening in this new continuity (such as Smallville: Season 11 or Batman Beyond Universe) do not bear this distinction. A naming convention was not established this time, some of them are in the format Earth, space, numeral but others have spelled numbers or names. The miniseries The Multiversity, depicts stories from these new multiverse and will reveal a "blueprint" of it as well.

Print collections[edit]

Contact between the universes (or stories set on the other Earths) have been reprinted in the following graphic novels.

Title Material collected
Crisis on Multiple Earths: The Team-Ups
Volume 1 The Flash #123, 129, 137, 151
Showcase #55-56
Green Lantern vol. 2, #40
The Brave and the Bold #61
The Spectre #7
Volume 2 The Atom #29, 36
The Brave and the Bold #62
The Flash #170, 173
Green Lantern vol. 2, #45, 52
The Spectre #3[8]
Crisis on Multiple Earths
Volume 1 Justice League of America #21-22, 29-30, 37-38, 46-47
Volume 2 Justice League of America #55-56, 64-65, 73-74, 82-82
Volume 3 Justice League of America #91-92, 100-102, 107-108, 113
Volume 4 Justice League of America #123-124, 135-137, 147-148
Volume 5 Justice League of America #159-160, 171-172, 183-185
Justice Society
Volume 1 All Star Comics #58-67
DC Special #29
Volume 2 All Star Comics #68-74
Adventure Comics #461-466
Miniseries
Crisis on Infinite Earths Issues #1-12
Infinite Crisis Issues #1-7
Lord Havok and the Extremists Issues #1-6
Countdown: Arena Issues #1-4
One-shots
Power Girl Showcase #97-99
Secret Origins #11
JSA Classified #1-4
(contains a few plot-related pages from JSA #32 and #39)
Showcase Presents: Shazam Shazam #1-20, 26-29, 33
(stories are set on Earth-S)
Huntress: Dark Knight Daughter DC Comics Super Stars #11
Batman Family #18-20
Wonder Woman #271-287, 289-290, 294-295
Weekly
52 Issues #1-52
Countdown to Final Crisis Issues #51-1

Other versions[edit]

Teen Titans Go! #48 introduces its own multiverse. Each world pays references to various incarnation of the Teen Titans. The worlds shown are:

  • The majority of the story is set on a world which is menaced by the Teen Tyrants (evil Teen Titans), and is defended by the Brotherhood of Justice (heroic versions of the Brotherhood of Evil). Similar to Earth-3.
  • Malchior's (from the Teen Titans episode "Spellbound") homeworld.
  • A world similar to the past from the Teen Titans episode "Cyborg the Barbarian".
  • A world containing the teen Lobo.
  • A world consisting of the animalistic Teen Titans (from the Teen Titans episode "Bunny Raven").
  • Another future timeline with Nightwing (from the Teen Titans episode "How Long Is Forever").
  • A world consisting of the Chibi Titans.
  • A world in which the Teen Titans (as depicted in the Silver Age comics) consist of Robin, Speedy, Wonder Girl, Aqualad, and Kid Flash.
  • The home of Larry the Titan.
  • A futuristic world where the Teen Titans consist of Nightwing (a vampirish version, based on Dagon of the Team Titans), Battalion (who resembles Cyborg), Mirage (who resembles Raven), and Killowat.

Super Friends[edit]

In the animated television series Super Friends, the superhero team has encounters with other universes, including the world of Qward. In the episode "Universe of Evil", a freak accident causes Superman to switch places with his evil counterpart.

DC Animated Universe[edit]

The DC animated universe (DCAU) has depicted the Multiverse many times. Several characters from the main DCAU have visited parallel universes that were similar to the DCAU.

  • In the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Brave New Metropolis", Lois Lane fell into a parallel Earth where Superman and Lex Luthor had taken over Metropolis, turning it into a fascist police-state. The Lois Lane of this world was also murdered by Luthor, which Superman wasn't aware until he meets her parallel universe counterpart.
  • In the Justice League episode "Legends", several members of the League were accidentally sent to a parallel universe where John Stewart's comic book idols, a pastiche of the Justice Society of America named the Justice Guild of America, live. One member of the Justice Guild hypothesized that there are an infinite number of parallel dimensions.
  • In the Justice League episode "A Better World", the Justice League were held captive by their authoritarian counterparts from another universe, the "Justice Lords". In this universe, Lex Luthor had risen to the U.S. Presidency and had started a war which had killed the Flash, sparking the Lords' takeover of the world. Later in the series, the regular Lex Luthor ran for President solely to enrage Superman.
  • In the Justice League Unlimited episode "Question Authority", the Question is surfing through Cadmus's files on a computer. One of the files is titled "Multiverse" and another file shows footage from the episode "A Better World" where the alternate Superman murders Lex Luthor. Ironically, after viewing files on the Justice Lords, he initially believes that instead of looking at an alternate universe, he is looking at the future of the universe in which the League lives. The exact means by how Cadmus came into possession of footage from the death of President Luthor seen in "A Better World" remains unknown.

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman[edit]

In Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, the show's primary protagonists, Lois Lane and Clark Kent, encountered an alternative version Clark Kent from a parallel universe in the episodes "Tempus, Anyone?" and "Lois & Clarks". In the episode "Tempus, Anyone?", the dimension included these differences:

The primary version of Lois, who was abducted by the villain Tempus and taken to this dimension, helped the alternate Clark become Superman, only to have Tempus expose his secret identity to the world on television. Despite Clark's alien origin, the world embraces him as their champion.

Later, in the episode "Lois & Clarks", the alternate Clark visits the primary L&C dimension to aid Lois in stopping Tempus while the Clark Kent of her world is trapped in a time vortex. After Tempus's defeat, it is implied that the alternate Clark would travel to the past with H.G. Wells and take his world's Lois Lane to his own time thus, under a predestination paradox, explaining her disappearance.

Smallville[edit]

The live-action television series Smallville also featured the Multiverse concept. In the season 5 episode "Lexmas", Lex Luthor visits an alternate timeline where Lionel cuts Lex out of the family fortune while Lex is married to Lana and has a son named Alexander. Clark Kent is a reporter with the Daily Planet, Chloe is publishing a book exposing LuthorCorp with Lex's help, and Jonathan Kent is a state senator.

In the season 7 episode "Apocalypse," Clark is taken to an alternate timeline where his counterpart had not arrived in Smallville and is killed by Brainiac. In that dimension, Clark Kent encounters another version of himself who is a human biological son of Martha and Jonathan and never met Lana Lang (who is a cheerleader with a different group of friends). Also in this dimension, Chloe Sullivan is engaged, Lana Lang is a married woman living in Paris, Sheriff Nancy Adams left Smallville and works as a member of the government, and Lex Luthor became president of the United States. While this dimension's Earth is destroyed by President Luthor, Clark travels back in time and sends his infant self to Earth, thus restoring his timeline.

In the season 10 episode "Luthor", Clark Kent travels to an alternate universe dubbed Earth-2 with the help of a Kryptonian mirror box. There, Lionel Luthor is his adopted father instead of Jonathan Kent. Clark is a blood-thirsty tyrant whose persona is Ultraman. He has a relationship with his step-sister, Tess. Clark Luthor killed his brother Lex. When Clark Kent travels to the alternate earth, his counterpart, Clark Luthor, travels to his. Lois Lane is engaged to Oliver Queen, who bought land in Smallville for its kryptonite. Lionel lures Clark into Oliver's kryponite trap and beats him. With the help of Oliver (who closes the kryponite portal), Clark uses the mirror box and returns to his world. Unbeknownst to him, Lionel comes with him.

Earth-2 is featured again later in the season in the episode "Kent", as Clark Luthor returns to his counterpart's world once more, and Clark Kent meets Earth-2's Jonathan Kent. After Clark Kent interacts with his deceased adoptive father's counterpart, he returns to his own world and lures Clark Luthor to the Fortress of Solitude, where he sends his counterpart back to his world.

In the fourth issue of the television series' comic book continuation Smallville Season 11, an alternative version of Chloe Sullivan from Earth-2 arrives to Clark Kent's world and reveals that her universe is destroyed before her death.[9] In issue #11, it is reveals that the Monitors are responsible for Earth-2's destruction.[10]

Batman: The Brave and the Bold[edit]

In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, a kind of "multiverse" is referenced in the episodes "Deep Cover for Batman!" and "Game Over for Owlman!", which feature several references to alternate incarnations of DC Comics heroes and villains, including Batman and Owlman. The Multiverse is briefly revisited in "Night of the Batmen!", with a large group of Batman gathered from across various Earths coming together to help an injured Bruce Wayne protect Gotham. The army of Multiverse Batmen contained various iterations of Batman from different media adaptions, such as from The Batman, the DC Animated Universe, the 60's Batman TV series, and Batman Beyond.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths[edit]

The direct-to-video feature Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths deals with the Multiverse as part of its story. The main story deals with a good Lex Luthor from his Earth (based on the pre-Crisis Earth-Three) coming to the Earth where the Justice League are located to help fight their counterparts, the Crime Syndicate. While the two Earths inhabited by the Justice League and Crime Syndicate are not named, names of other Earths are mentioned. These names are not from the official pre-Crisis nor post-Infinite Crisis Multiverse, but are nods to a degree. Examples include: "Gamma F-1", "Theta-Alpha", "Zeta-Pi", which are all Greek numbers. Earth-Prime is featured in the film, but is not the same Earth-Prime from the comics where it was "our" Earth. In the film, Earth-Prime is shown to be the cornerstone of all reality, and that decisions made by humankind on this world caused alternate Earths where the opposite decision was made to come into being. This world is shown to be a desolate barren wasteland of a planet, with ruins as far as the eye can see. It is unknown what exactly caused its desolation, though Owlman reasons that it was mankind who destroyed itself.

DC Universe Online[edit]

In the video game DC Universe Online, Brainiac decides to conquer New Earth in order to know the secret of the multiverse. After he was defeated, the heroes have to face the Council of Luthors, who wants to take control of the Nexus of Reality and rule existence through the achievement of ultimate power. But the Council of Batmen wishes to stop the Luthors and undo the damage that has been done.

Injustice: Gods Among Us[edit]

The storyline of Injustice: Gods Among Us features an alternate reality where the Joker has tricked Superman into killing Lois Lane and their unborn son and destroying Metropolis with a nuclear explosion. This tragedy completely ruins Superman's moral compass to a point of no return and the Kryptonian murders the Joker in retaliation. As time passes, he establishes a new world order as the High Councilor. Soon enough, Superman's iron-fisted rule triggers a war to ensure between the forces the Regime and those allied with Batman's Insurgency. Five years into the war, the Insurgency discovers an alternate universe where the Joker's plan did not succeed and transports several of its super heroes (Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Green Lantern) to their world in order to help them defeat the Regime. Also in this universe, Lex Luthor never becomes a criminal and instead he is a selfless business man, best friend of this world's Superman and cares for the people of Metropolis.

Infinite Crisis (video game)[edit]

The video game Infinite Crisis (which is unrelated to the comic book of the same name) features a multiverse with 52 different worlds. This multiverse is threatened by a sudden assault and all realities stand on the brink of annihilation. Now, the last hope for Earth lies in the powers of the DC legends.

During the events of the tie-in comic book Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse, its said that the Monitors were a race of beings native to the world of Nil that resided outside all realities in the Overvoid. Their existence came following the creation of the Multiverse and the Bleed where they watched the infinite Earth's and sought to protect the infinite strands of creation. It was claimed that they were a people that cared little about the existence of the inhabitants of these universes and more for the preservation of their grand order. Such was their existence until one of their kind turned against the others and became the Anti-Monitor. A Crisis emerged as a result whereby many universes were destroyed but the Anti-Monitor was defeated but at the cost of almost the entire Monitor race. From this Crisis, there existed only 52 universes left in the Multiverse that were kept in perfect balance. The only survivor of their race was Nix Uotan who detected a new Crisis emerging from an unknown menace who made use of corrupted Monitor technology and struck at Earth-48. Nix Uotan returned to his peoples homeworld in order to reactivate the machinery to help contain the damage from the Crisis. As a result, he began to seek out champion's and even villains to help combat this menace from across the Multiverse. These individuals would be charged with recovering artifacts from across the many Earth's that were being taken by the mysterious enemy to aid in their assault. Among his agents was a human female from Earth-48 who went by the name of Harbinger.

In this reality, the Monitors had access to energy constructs that were able to record messages and transmit communiques across the Multiverse. They also forged orbs that glowed with light and served as a guide across the alternate universes as well as serve as a communicator with the Monitors. On their homeworld of Nil, there were spatial engines that could be used to help prevent large scale universal breaches that would damage the Multiverse

Parodies[edit]

  • Bongo Comics published a comic book series featuring characters from The Simpsons and Futurama titled Futurama/Simpsons Infinitely Secret Crossover Crisis. One of the conventions of DC's Multiverse that the series parodies is the existence of one universe's characters as fictional comic book characters in another.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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