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What You Need to Know Before the CW’s ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’

This Sunday, a crisis is coming. CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths starts Sunday December 8th at 8pm EST with Supergirl. This is a five-night crossover based on a graphic novel that’s about a half-inch thick. After nearly six years of build up, the crossover will cover six shows: The Flash, Batwoman, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and for the first time, Black Lightning! Yeah…it’s that big of a deal!

Don’t worry though, I’ve been following the Arrowverse closely and just recently finished reading the Crisis on Infinite Earths graphic novel. I’ll be your guide. I won’t spoil the graphic novel, but there will be Arrowverse spoilers. So, if you’re not caught up on the episodes, I suggest you get to watching!

Our heroes may not be that prepared, but we can be. Here’s what you need to know:

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Okay, they do look a bit ready. Credit to the CW.

Yes. There are infinite Earths – The CW introduced the multiverse to us back in 2015 with season 2 of The Flash when Barry (Grant Gustin) and the gang stumbled across Earth-2. It can be a bit tricky when you overthink it, but the best way to understand the multiverse is that each Earth represents a different set of possibilities. Since possibilities are infinite, the Earths are infinite too. I like to think there’s an Earth where I have cable and can watch the crossover live…

The crisis is already happening – We first see the horror at the end of Arrow’s stellar season 8 premiere. The entirety of Earth-2 suddenly vanishes right before Team Arrow, including Earth-2 Laurel/Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), breaches out of there. It was hit with a wave of antimatter, a sort of force that converts everything into the opposite of matter: nothing. It’s not like Earth-2 is in ruins or anything—this isn’t your run-of-the-mill nuclear weapon. Earth-2 is gone and more Earths will suffer the same fate if it’s not stopped.

You might see some familiar faces, but don’t let that fool you – All our favorite heroes will have to join forces if they want to save the multiverse. John Wesley Shipp, Jr. is playing Flash, but he’s back to Barry this time, donning the old gold costume from the 90s show. And, there will be three Superman’s to keep an eye on, Brandon J. Routh, Tom Welling, and Tyler Hoechlin return to play our favorite alien. If any crisis needs three Supermen and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), it’s this one. Routh is set to play Kingdom Come Superman, who plays an important role in the graphic novel. Tom Cavanagh will prove his versatility yet again as he takes on the role of Pariah, another crucial character. Kevin Conroy is Bruce Wayne, as he should be.

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Brandon J. Routh as Kingdom Come Superman. Stunning. Credit to the CW.

Batwoman loves to time jump and she’ll do it again – When we first meet Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) she is fully suited up in Elseworlds, but the pilot for Batwoman takes place before she puts on the cape and wig. At the very end of episode 1×08, we see Tom Cavanaugh as Harry Nash discovering what is presumed to be the Monitor’s (LaMonica Garrett) hideout. The bottom of the screen explicitly said this was in 2019 like the show doesn’t take place in present day. I’m not sure how she’ll time jump, but I’m fairly certain we’ll see an experienced Batwoman this crossover.

No one is safe – It’s what makes this crisis so demanding. Teased at the end of the Elsewords crossover and mercilessly in both Arrow and The Flash, soulmates Barry and Oliver (Stephen Amell) are destined to die. As devastating as this may sound, the likelihood of this is a bit slim. The Monitor told Barry that The Flash must die, he didn’t mention Barry by name and there’s more than one Flash. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can say the same for my boy Ollie. The Monitor said Oliver specifically, and Arrow is on its last season. I’m not okay with this for many reasons.

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LaMonica Garret (left) as the Monitor and Stephen Amell (right) as Oliver Queen. If Ollie doesn’t get a happy ending, I’ll fight the Monitor. Credit to the CW.

How does one prepare for a crisis? I don’t think anybody is completely ready, but hopefully this helps. I feel a bit more prepared after writing this. How do you feel? Let me know in the comments down below!

Suit up and be sure to tune in for the epic five-part tale: Part One Supergirl at 8 p.m. EST/PST on Dec. 8; Part Two Batwoman at 8 p.m. EST/PST on Dec. 9; Part Three The Flash at 8 p.m. EST/PST on Dec. 10; Part Four Arrow at 8 p.m. EST/PST on Jan. 14; Part Five Legends of Tomorrow at 9 p.m. PST/EST on Jan. 14.

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