Hopeful Returns for the Arrowverse Crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths”


Well it’s time, after eight years, four main……well now five main shows, hundreds of episodes and hours of content the flagship show of The CW’s dubbed “Arrowverse”, Arrow is ending its eight year run this fall with a limited 10 episodes for its last season. But this last season of Arrow will (hopefully) be going out with a BANG. As the last or last couple of episodes of the season will be tied up in this year’s crossover: “Crisis on Infinite Earths”.

Crisis on Infinite Earths is one of if not the biggest DC Comics crossover event in history. And is basically the Arrowverse’s Endgame. It’s what the last few years has been building towards, with last year’s crossover, “Elseworlds” being the setup for Crisis. So, it stands to reason with a crossover this big, that there are a lot of things people want to see or moments people want to have.

With Crisis coming, and the potential extinction of the multiverse at hand it stands to reason that our heroes are going to need all hands-on deck for this one. And lucky for them they’ve got it. Not only is Tyler Hoechlin returning as Superman (the best Superman in years, no shade just facts), but another man of steel will be returning as Brandon Routh (star of Superman Returns and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) will be coming back to the role of Superman for Crisis. Burt Ward, who played Robin in the Adam West series will also be coming to the crossover, just in a different role maybe? In the coming months, I’m sure there will be other announcements of other former DC TV or Movie actors either reprising a role or coming back for a new one. However, while cameos are awesome and amazing, I would love to see them play out in a more story driven way, not just a “Hey, look at me, I used to be in a DC TV show or movie.”

In last year’s crossover “Elseworlds,” John Wesley Shipp reprised his role as the Barry Allen Flash like he was in the 90’s show, but him showing up served a story purpose. He was trying to crossover to Earth 1 to tell our heroes that they needed the Book of Destiny to fix their reality. He wasn’t just there for the sake of being there. His screen time probably amounted to about five minutes, but those five minutes served a purpose. I’ll be 10/10 happy just to see all the cameos of characters, I’ll just be 12/10 excited if they are there for more than just to fill space.

Over the span of eight years there have been many Heroes, Villains and other notable characters from DC lore to come and go from the various Arrowverse Shows. From Firestorm, to Arsenal, to Speedy, Hawkman and Hawkgirl, Ragman, Huntress, Kid Flash, etc. And whether they come back in the buildup leading to Crisis or come back during the crossover, these heroes should come back in one way or another, assuming we can get all the actors back.

With Arrow having its last season this fall it would be assumed that Thea Queen and Roy Harper, who started in the first season, would be coming back in one capacity or another for Arrow so they should just hang around for Crisis. Mister Terrific is highly likely to come back. The character got his start in Arrow Season 4, and I believe the actor said he would always be down for coming back and playing him again.

Hawkman and Hawkgirl would be awesome additions to the Crisis roster as in The Flash, there was a newspaper that detailed the Flash vanishing in a Crisis, and details of the article say that the Green Arrow and Hawkgirl were there. Now since the Season 5 finale of The Flash, the article has changed due to timeline shenanigans, but it doesn’t mean the Hawks can’t show up to play. And even though Professor Martin Stein gave his life in the crossover “Crisis on Earth X” two years ago, and Jax retired, that doesn’t mean that we won’t see a version of Firestorm join the fight. Perhaps a version of him where Ronnie Raymond and Jax are the people needed to create the hero. That would be amazing to see and it would get Robbie Amell, Stephen Amell’s cousin, to come back to the role of Ronnie Raymond just in time to say goodbye to Oliver Queen.

Want a more in-depth explanation to what I’m most excited to see?

Check out my video below for my “Top 7 Things I Want to See in the Crisis on Infinite Earths Crossover”.

Thank you very much for reading

Ryan White-Nobles
Ryan White-Nobles is Editor-in-Chief of TV Source Magazine. He's began covering entertainment and soap operas in 2005. In 2009 he co-launched Soap Opera Source, and led the TV Source rebrand in 2012. He's a natural #Heel who loves a spirited debate and probably watches too much TV. Follow him on Twitter at @SourceRyan to discuss all things TV, soaps, sports, wrestling and pop culture.

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