This coming season, The CW will present its biggest DC crossover ever with “Crisis on Infinite Earths” airing across five different episodes of the network’s hit superhero series and spanning two quarters (December 2019 and January 2020). With only a few weeks away from the start of what is arguably the biggest shake up in the Arrowverse to date with Arrow’s final season and the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” storyline spanning every Arrowverse series – Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning and Batwoman, the excitement continues to build! Not everyone follows news for their favorite shows in the summer and The CW has been dropping ones of all sorts heading into the 2019-2020 TV season, so here’s some of the news you might have missed about the Arrowverse over the past few months.
The godfather of The CW superheroes is coming this year’s “Crisis” event. Tom Welling will be joining the crossover in December! Not only is he coming, but he is reprising his version of Superman from Smallville. It will be interesting to see what his version of the Man of Steel has been up to in the eight years since Smallville’s series finale.
Black Lightning (played by Cress Williams) has been confirmed to be a part of the crossover this December. Up until this point Black Lightning hasn’t been considered part of the Arrowverse, and while the show itself isn’t getting its own episode dedicated to the Crisis crossover, Deadline reports other characters from the show will crossover and appear to help out our other Arrowverse heroes. It’d be humorous if Black Lightning’s Christine Adams (Lynn Stewart) and Arrow’s David Ramsey (Diggle) had a scene together where Diggle acknowledges how much Lynn resembles his sister, a reference to their Young Justice counterparts being siblings. Also, don’t forget that Diggle’s stepfather’s last name is “Stewart” and with rumors of Diggle possibly becoming Green Lantern, it would be a fun nod.
Next up, Lot of Arrowverse stars are stepping down from their series regular roles. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow stars Brandon Routh and Courtney Ford, who play Ray Palmer and Older Nora Darhk, respectively, will be departing as series regulars. But in a surprising turn of events, Routh will reprise his role as Clark Kent/Superman during the “Crisis” crossover, in addition to appearing as The Atom.
Mechad Brooks, who has starred as Supergirl’s James Olsen since the pilot will also depart. Arrow’s Colton Haynes (Roy Harper) will exit his series as well. Its sucks to see these actors and characters leave their respective shows, and I wish the actors the best in whatever they decide to do next.
As fan favorites leave, others will be making returns. Jeremy Jordan will return to Supergirl as Winn Schott for the series’ fifth season. Jordan was last seen in the Season 3 finale walking through a time portal. EW reports the actor will appear for three episodes in the back half of Season 5 (so no Crisis appearance for him). Fingers crossed for other Legionaries to return though! Also making a return to their series is Willa Holland to Arrow where she’ll reprise her role as Thea Queen. She will recur throughout the final season.
The CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS episodic air schedule is as follows (some series airing outside of their regular time period):
- SUPERGIRL – Sunday, December 8, 2019 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT)
- BATWOMAN – Monday, December 9, 2019 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT)
- THE FLASH – Tuesday, December 10, 2019 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT)
- ARROW – Tuesday, January 14, 2020 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT)
- DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW – Tuesday, January 14, 2020 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT)
That’s it for this Arrowverse Update, be sure to check back for more Arrowverse news as it drops!