CW Reveals The Title Of the 2019 Arrowverse Crossover!
Whilst the UK is due to watch the 2018 Arrowverse crossover event, aka ‘Elseworlds’, from Thursday this week, US network The CW has already announced the title for next year’s Autumn 2019 crossover event… and it’s a big one – Crisis On Infinite Earths!
For those of you that don’t know their comic book history, ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ was the title of a major DC comic book “event” in the 80s written by Marv Wolfman and pencilled by George Pérez. The storyline had a massive impact on the entire DC Universe, as it collapses the multiverse, unifying all the Earths onto a single plane of existence.
The crisis has been referenced in the Arrowverse already, in the headline of the newspaper at Star Labs, which mentions the disappearance of The Flash. Does that mean it’s curtains for Barry Allen and Grant Gustin?.. Probably not… We rather suspect that all the Arrowverse shows aren’t going anywhere, but it does bring up an interesting proposition of how a huge story like this might change the makeup of their tv universe. What we could see is ‘Supergirl’ and ‘Black Lightning’ getting folded into the same Earth as ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’ and ‘Legends’, allowing for more popping up in each other’s shows.
One key character in the book is the Monitor, who is part of the ‘Elseworlds’ tv crossover this year, played by ‘Designated Survivor’ star LaMonica Garrett. Lex Luthor also plays a big role, who was announced as joining ‘Supergirl’ this season, played by ‘Two And A Half Men’ star Jon Cryer. We’d expect to see the casts of ‘Supergirl’, ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’ and ‘Legends’, however, adding ‘Black Lightning’ to the mix could cause a bit of a headache for UK, and other international audiences… Whilst four of the shows air on Sky One in the UK, ‘Black Lightning’ airs on Netflix, meaning those without both services could be missing one part of the crossover, unless some deal is done. That is speculation at the moment though, and it’s possible BL won’t be folded in with the rest of CW’s comic book heroes.
Whatever happens, it would seem Greg Berlanti and the team are heading towards some major changes to the Arrowverse next year. We’ll just have to wait until Autumn 2019 to find out what they are!