It’s all hands on deck in the new masked-man teaser from The CW. The largest assembly of superheroes in the history of live-action television will suit up for “Crisis On Infinite Earths,” the mega-crossover event that begins Dec. 8 on The CW and unties the entire Arrowverse family of franchises: Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman.
The crossover will link the final season of Arrow (the original brand that lends its name to the Arrowverse collective) with the inaugural season of Batwoman, a character (played by Ruby Rose) introduced in “Elseworlds,” the CW superhero mythology’s previous crossover event.
The teaser shows Brandon Routh, the title star of Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, back in the red cape, but he won’t be the only Man of Steel in a saga that jumps between alternate realities. The teaser shows that the inter-dimensional action also includes Black Lightning (portrayed by Cress Williams), the title hero of The CW’s sixth DC-based series and the only one that traditionally operates independently outside the Arrowverse mythology.
The crossover event shares its name with the landmark 12-issue DC Comics series that was published in the 1980s and essentially reset the DC mythology by scuttling decades worth of stories and scores of characters.
That “reset” may have grim implications for the DC-based superheroes of The CW multiverse. The two most famous characters who got notoriously snuffed in the comic book series? That would be Supergirl and the Barry Allen version of the Flash, characters now played on CW by title stars Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin. Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) isn’t safe, either, not with Arrow about to notch its final season.
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