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"Crisis on Infinite Earths"
Arrowverse crossover event
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Part 1: Supergirl
Episode title"Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One"
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 9
Production codeT13.21809[1]
Original air dateDecember 8, 2019 (2019-12-08)
Episode chronology
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"The Wrath of Rama Khan"
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Supergirl (season 5)
List of Supergirl episodes
Part 2: Batwoman
Episode title"Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two"
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 9
Original air dateDecember 9, 2019 (2019-12-09)
Episode chronology
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"A Mad Tea-Party"
Next →
List of Batwoman episodes
Part 3: The Flash
Episode title"Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three"
Episode no.Season 6
Episode 9
Directed byDavid McWhirter
Story byEric Wallace
Teleplay by
  • Lauren Certo
  • Sterling Gates
Original air dateDecember 10, 2019 (2019-12-10)
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"The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Pt. 2"
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The Flash (season 6)
List of The Flash episodes
Part 4: Arrow
Episode no.Season 8
Episode 8
Directed byGlen Winter
Written by
Original air dateJanuary 14, 2020 (2020-01-14)
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"Purgatory"
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"Green Arrow and the Canaries"
Arrow (season 8)
List of Arrow episodes
Part 5: Legends of Tomorrow
Episode no.Season 5
Special episode
Directed byGregory Smith
Written by
Production codeT13.21908[2]
Original air dateJanuary 14, 2020 (2020-01-14)
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"Hey, World!"
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"Meet the Legends"
Legends of Tomorrow (season 5)
List of Legends of Tomorrow episodes
Crossover chronology
Preceded by"Elseworlds"

"Crisis on Infinite Earths" is the upcoming sixth annual Arrowverse crossover event, featuring episodes of the live-action television series Supergirl, Batwoman, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow on The CW. The Supergirl, Batwoman, and The Flash episodes will air in December 2019, while the Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow episodes will air in January 2020. "Crisis on Infinite Earths", which is inspired by the comic of the same name, continues plot lines established in the previous crossover, "Elseworlds". Additionally, the preceding episodes of Arrow season eight and much of The Flash season six served as a prelude to the crossover.

Allusions to "Crisis on Infinite Earths" began in 2014, with the pilot episode of The Flash. The adaption of the comic storyline began in earnest during the development of "Elseworlds", with the crossover title revealed at the end of "Elseworlds" in December 2018. In mid-2019, multiple castings were revealed, including that actors who previously portrayed DC characters in other media, such as Burt Ward and Kevin Conroy, would appear in the crossover. "Crisis on Infinite Earths" will also see cast members from fellow CW series Black Lightning appear and cross over with the Arrowverse for the first time, along with actors reprising their roles from former The WB/CW series Smallville and Birds of Prey. Filming took place from the end of September 2019 until the beginning of November 2019.

Synopsis

Prelude

To prepare for the coming crisis, the Monitor recruits Oliver Queen to help him traverse and warn the multiverse,[3] brings J'onn J'onzz's brother Malefic to Earth-38,[4] and retrieves the dead body of Lex Luthor.[5] Barry Allen and Iris West-Allen learn that the crisis date has moved up to December 2019, and that in order to save billions, the Flash must die.[6] Barry travels to Earth-3 to see Jay Garrick and Joan Williams, who have been tracking anti-matter appearing across the multiverse. They send Barry's mind forward in time, causing him to see billions of timelines where the multiverse is destroyed and the one where he dies saving it.[7] Meanwhile, the Monitor sends Oliver to Earth-2 to retrieve dwarf star particles, where he witnesses the destruction of Earth-2 from an anti-matter wave.[8] As he returns to Earth-1, the Monitor diverts him to Hong Kong to retrieve biophysicist, Robert Wong, who has recreated the Alpha-Omega virus. After Oliver places Wong in A.R.G.U.S. custody, the Monitor contacts Lyla Michaels about Wong.[9] Back in Star City, William Clayton, Connor Hawke, and Mia Smoak mysteriously time travel from 2040 to the present.[10] The Monitor tells Laurel Lance he can restore Earth-2 if she betrays Oliver.[11]

Cast and characters

Main and recurring

Actor Character Episode
Supergirl Batwoman The Flash Arrow Legends of Tomorrow
Melissa Benoist[12] Kara Danvers / Kara Zor-El / Supergirl Main TBA
Chyler Leigh[12] Alex Danvers Main TBA
Katie McGrath[12] Lena Luthor Main TBA
Jesse Rath[12] Querl "Brainy" Dox / Brainiac 5 Main TBA
David Harewood[12] J'onn J'onzz / Martian Manhunter Main TBA
Ruby Rose[13] Kate Kane / Batwoman Guest[12] Main TBA
Grant Gustin[13] Barry Allen / Flash Guest[12] TBA Main TBA
Stephen Amell[14] Oliver Queen / Green Arrow Guest[12] TBA Main TBA
Multiple versions of Oliver Queen TBA
Katherine McNamara[15] Mia Smoak Guest[12] TBA Main TBA
Brandon Routh[16][17] Ray Palmer / Atom Guest[12] TBA Main
Clark Kent / Superman (Superman Returns) TBA Guest[18] TBA
Caity Lotz[19] Sara Lance Guest[12] TBA Main
Bitsie Tulloch[20] Lois Lane Guest[12][18][21] TBA
Candice Patton[13] Iris West-Allen TBA Guest[18] Main TBA
Danielle Panabaker[22] Caitlin Snow / Frost TBA Main TBA
Carlos Valdes[23] Cisco Ramon TBA Main TBA
Hartley Sawyer[13] Ralph Dibny / Elongated Man TBA Main TBA
LaMonica Garrett[24] Mar Novu / Monitor TBA Main Guest[25]
Anti-Monitor TBA
Tom Cavanagh[26][27] Nash Wells TBA Main TBA
Pariah TBA TBA
Eobard Thawne / Reverse-Flash TBA
David Ramsey[13] John Diggle TBA Main TBA
Katie Cassidy[28][29] Laurel Lance / Black Canary (Earth-1) TBA Main TBA
Dominic Purcell[22] Mick Rory / Heat Wave TBA Main
Osric Chau[30] Ryan Choi TBA

Guests

Production

Development

In September 2018, three months before the release of "Elseworlds", the 2018–19 Arrowverse crossover,[40] Legends of Tomorrow executive producer Phil Klemmer said "people [were] already talking about" the 2019 crossover, with it already having "a loose shape".[41] In early December 2018, a week before the airing of "Elseworlds", Arrow showrunner Beth Schwartz said the producers for all the series "already know a lot about what's going on in next year's crossover,"[42] while Marc Guggenheim stated "Elseworlds" would "lay the groundwork" for the 2019–20 crossover.[43] The end of "Elseworlds" revealed the crossover title and premise as "Crisis on Infinite Earths", adapting the story from the comic of the same name.[44] "Elseworlds" introduced the characters Mar Novu / Monitor and Psycho-Pirate, and alluded to an impending "crisis" event.[45][46] "Crisis on Infinite Earths" was first hinted at in the Arrowverse in the pilot episode of The Flash.[45] In January 2019, The Flash showrunner Todd Helbing said that there were certain things that would be done in the remainder of the fifth season of The Flash in service of the forthcoming crossover.[47] At that time, Pedowitz called the crossover "the biggest, the most complicated one" to date, and was hopeful Legends of Tomorrow, which did not participate in "Elseworlds" because of production complications, would be part of "Crisis".[48]

In May 2019, Pedowitz announced at The CW's upfront presentation that the crossover would include The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman in a five-episode event, spanning dates in both late 2019 and early 2020.[49] The crossover will occur in the ninth episodes of Supergirl's fifth season,[50] Batwoman's first season,[51] and The Flash's sixth season,[52] in the eighth episode of Arrow's eighth season,[53] and as a special episode of the Legends of Tomorrow's fifth season; this episode is not considered the series' season premiere.[54]

Lead-up

In May 2019, the season finales of The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow all featured teases for the upcoming crossover, with the Monitor making an appearance in all episodes except on The Flash.[55] Eric Wallace, showrunner of the sixth season of The Flash, noted that when all the series' showrunners discussed plans for their series before the crossover, "all of this synergy started to happen" with "a lot of cross collaboration" in service to the crossover events. Wallace felt the themes of "grief... death, and... the end of all worlds" in "Crisis" worked with the story they were trying to tell with the villain Ramsey Rosso / Bloodwork, "who is facing the end of his own world". This allowed the start of season six of The Flash to help set up the crossover.[52] The majority of Arrow's eighth season serves as a prelude to the crossover.[56] The Arrow writers consulted with The Flash writers regarding the destruction of Earth-2 in "Starling City" to ensure they could destroy this Earth.[8] On Supergirl, co-showrunner Robert Rovner said the season would tease the crossover "in our way, which is a little bit different from the way Arrow and The Flash are doing it." He also highlighted the return of Malefic, J'onn J'onzz's brother, as a major plot thread leading to the crossover, describing it as "a gauntlet for J'onn".[57] LaMonica Garrett, who portrays both the Monitor and the Anti-Monitor, said before the crossover, the Anti-Monitor's "presence [would] be felt before you physically see him," adding, "You see just enough of him to know this guy means business, but it's not in your face in every scene leading up to" the crossover.[25]

Writing

Lauren Certo and Sterling Gates wrote The Flash episode of the crossover, with Eric Wallace conceiving the story.[58] The Arrow episode was co-written by Guggenheim and Marv Wolfman, who wrote the comic book.[59][60] The Legends of Tomorrow episode was written by Keto Shimizu and Ubah Mohamed.[61] The episodes' scripts were completed by early September 2019.[62]

Guggenheim noted the crossover would try to incorporate "seminal moments" from the comic book, with the opening of the Arrowverse crossover also showing the destruction of various parallel universes similarly to how the comic begins.[63] With the inclusion of Clark Kent and Lois Lane from Smallville in the crossover, it will explore what happened to the characters since the end of Smallville.[33] Speaking to the deaths of Supergirl and the Flash from the comic book storyline, Wallace conceded that the writers "can't just kill all of our number ones on our shows", but a proper balance was found to kill some of them. He continued that the goal of the crossover for him was to "tap into that feeling that the readers in 1985 would have had, when reading that story, with the tectonic shifts in the comic world, underneath" and felt the Arrowverse ending was a "game-changer" that "opens up to a whole new world".[52] For scenes set in Gotham City, Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries ensured the grounded tone of the series was kept, since it is "not normal for [the characters of Batwoman] to interact with aliens and travel to different universes".[64] The version of the Anti-Monitor that appears was also inspired by the character's appearance in the New 52 storyline, "Darkseid Wars".[25]

Casting

In July 2019, at San Diego Comic Con, multiple castings for the crossover were announced. They included: Tyler Hoechlin reprising his role as Superman,[16] while Brandon Routh, who portrays Ray Palmer / Atom in the Arrowverse, would reprise his role as Superman from the film Superman Returns (2006), portraying "an older, more world-weary" version, inspired by the Kingdom Come Superman;[65][66][17] Tom Cavanagh would portray Pariah in addition to Nash Wells and Eobard Thawne / Reverse Flash;[26][27] Burt Ward, who portrayed Dick Grayson / Robin in the 1960s Batman television series, would appear in an undisclosed role;[39] Amell portraying multiple versions of Oliver Queen;[14] Jon Cryer reprising his role as Lex Luthor;[32] and LaMonica Garrett also portraying the Anti-Monitor in addition to the Monitor.[24] Shortly after, Elizabeth Tulloch was also confirmed to be reprising her role as Lois Lane.[20]

The following month, at the Television Critics Association, Pedowitz announced that cast members from the series Black Lightning would appear,[54] something star Cress Williams previously hinted at,[67] and that Kevin Conroy would appear as an elderly Bruce Wayne, having previously voiced the character in multiple animated media.[54] Guggenheim also revealed the producers discussed with DC and Warner Bros. about the possibility of having Lynda Carter reprise her role as Wonder Woman from the television series, but felt it was unlikely to happen.[53]

In September, Johnathon Schaech was confirmed to be reprising his role as Jonah Hex,[36] and shortly after John Wesley Shipp was cast in an undisclosed role.[37] In the middle of the month, it was announced that Tom Welling and Erica Durance would reprise their roles as Clark Kent and Lois Lane, respectively, from Smallville.[68][33] Michael Rosenbaum, who portrayed Lex Luthor on Smallville, revealed Warner Bros. and the producers approached him to reprise the role in "Crisis", but he ultimately declined.[69] Later in the month, Osric Chau was cast as Ryan Choi and Ashley Scott was confirmed to be reprising her role as Helena Kyle / Huntress from the series Birds of Prey.[30][35] At the start of October, Audrey Marie Anderson was announced to be reprising her role as Lyla Michaels, while also taking on the Harbinger persona from the comics; Lyla previously used "Harbinger" as her A.R.G.U.S. codename.[70] The same month, Stephen Lobo was cast as Jim Corrigan.[34]

Filming

Production for "Crisis on Infinite Earths" began on September 24, 2019.[71] Filming at the farmhouse for the Kent family farm took place at the end of the month.[72] The farmhouse had previously been featured in the "Elseworlds" crossover and on Smallville.[72][73] Production for the Legends of Tomorrow episode began on October 4.[61] David McWhirter served as director of The Flash episode,[58] the Arrow episode of the crossover was directed by Glen Winter,[74] and the Legends of Tomorrow episode by Gregory Smith.[61] Filming had completed by November 8, with some reshoots and minor filming still needing to be completed.[75] Williams took a break from filming Black Lightning in Atlanta to spend a week filming his parts of the crossover in Vancouver.[31]

Release

Broadcast

The crossover will begin with Supergirl on December 8, 2019, and will continue with Batwoman on December 9, and The Flash on December 10. "Crisis on Infinite Earths" will conclude with Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow on January 14, 2020.[54]

Marketing

The first teaser for the crossover was released on November 10, 2019.[15] Boost Mobile served as a promotional partner for the event.[76] On November 15, The CW released a series of show-specific teaser shorts.[77][78][79][80][22]

Crisis Aftermath

Kevin Smith will host Crisis Aftermath, an aftershow that will air after the Supergirl episode on December 8 and The Flash episode on December 10. The show will "go in-depth to explore" the crossover.[81]

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