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InPrimetime | The Countdown to “CRISIS” has Begun!

The most anticipated primetime event of the season gets an airdate! The countdown to The CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” 5-part crossover is imminent!

Some worlds will live and some worlds will die, but one thing is certain… The CW’s primetime landscape may never be the same after this season’s widely anticipated crossover event “Crisis on Infinite Earths” hits the DC television universe. Teased at the end of last season’s “Elseworlds” 3-part event, which set-up an impending threat to the extended DC primetime universe will continue with an endgame that will shake the foundation of the multiverse. The result will undoubtedly be felt across all The CW’s superhero shows.

The 5-part epic was the cornerstone of the network’s introduction at this year’s Upfront, the annual media gathering where the competing network’s reveal to advertisers what they have on the slate for the coming season. “Crisis on Infinite Earths” does not aim to disappoint and will straddle the winter hiatus with five interconnecting episodes across the primetime series, not excluding Black Lightning starring Cress Williams which has been reported will play a role in the crossover event as well.

The event may also signal the end of the “Arrowverse” as the series enters into its final and Eighth Season with a 10-episode run, as something new is promising will emerge after “Crisis” concludes. The Flash show runner Eric Wallace has suggested that especially for Central City’s Scarlet Speedster, the season will be divided into two-acts with the second half dealing with the post-effects of “Crisis”. Fans are certainly hopeful that in the fallout, series like Supergirl which exists on a parallel earth (Earth-38) will be integrated into a Prime-Earth.

Save the Dates

The television series and “Crisis on Infinite Earths” event will be impacted by the winer hiatus, pitting the second half of the story arc to air five weeks later and concluding in 2020; that is presumably when Arrow will be entering into its final episode and the team show DC’s Legend of Tomorrow returns for its Fifth Season. It’s likely that is also when returning series Black Lightning will be wrapping up its Third Season (making way in its time slot for Legends to move in). Here’s a breakdown of the airdates for The CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event:

  • Supergirl “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Pt. 1, Sunday, December 8, 2019 8pm.
  • Batwoman  “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Pt. 2, Monday, December 9, 8pm.
  • The Flash “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Pt. 3, Tuesday, December 10, 8pm.

Then, five weeks later…

  • Arrow ”Crisis on Infinite Earths” Pt. 4′, Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 8pm.
  • DC’s Legends of Tomorrow “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Pt. 5′, Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 9pm.

Starting Line-Up

Though the guest starring list of actors to appear in “Crisis on Infinite Earths” continues to grow, it was recently announced that Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne in the critically acclaimed series Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond will be appearing as the Bruce Wayne of the Batman Beyond era, leading many to speculate of the costumed appearance of Terry McGinnis’ futuristic Dark Knight. Among other famous faces said to be partaking of the crossover spectacle are Lynda Carter said to be reprising her role as Wonder Woman, and Burt Ward who played Robin in the 60s television iteration of Batman.

Tom Welling who starred as a young Clark Kent in 10 Seasons of Smallville is also suggested will be appearing as his earth’s Superman. In fact there will be at least three Supermen appearing during the crossover. DC’s Legends headliner Brandon Routh who inherited the cape and debuted in Superman Returns famously revealed at SDCC this year that he’ll also reprise his role as the Man of Steel, with Tyler Hoechlin returning as the Superman of Earth-38, Supergirl’s (Melissa Benoist) Kryptonian cousin. Jon Cryer is also on board as Lex Luthor.

LaMonica Garrett will also be pulling double duty! He’ll be playing the man at the center of all the machinations The Monitor and his evil twin The Anti-Monitor. Another CW series favorite that will be returning for the crossover event is John Wesley Shipp; fans are hopeful he’ll be returning as The Flash of Earth-90, the Barry Allen that Shipp played in his 1990 CBS series, which is also soon hitting a milestone. Shipp’s landmark series will be turning 30! It is also speculated that the actor will be appearing this season on The Flash as The Golden Age, Jay Garrick.

Stay tuned as more is revealed of this season’s most climatic television event!

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iEditorial | Will The CW’s Upcoming “Crisis” Crossover Prove the Network’s Primetime Version of an “Endgame”?

One of the DC most beloved storylines is about to go live in primetime and after Marvel Studios Avengers: Endgame epic fans expectations have reached a fever pitch! Will The CW deliver?

With Marvel Studios having stepped up the genre narrative by bringing the first decade of the superhero epics to a natural conclusion in the recent blockbuster Avengers: Endgame and the upcoming second installment of the web-slingers solo run Spider-Man: Far From Home promising to open the door to the possibilities of a Marvel Cinematic Multiverse, how will the The CW’s primetime universe compare will the highly anticipated “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover airs this Fall? It’s leaving many fans to speculate…some worlds will live, and some worlds might…

Well, you understand where we’re going with this.

While on his recent comic-con convention circuit promoting the “Elseworlds” event, The Flash actor John Wesley Shipp who has played a myriad of characters throughout the world of the Scarlet Speedster, was constantly bombarded with questions from fans about his own surprise appearance in the 3-part storyline. Shipp who played the original role of Barry Allen/The Flash for one season on the CBS primetime series in the 90s, jumped back into the suit (not the original but a remodeled version by series costume designer Kate Main) to warn our heroes about a “crisis”.

“It’s the question I get asked the most now,” Shipp admitted. “What part will I play in the upcoming ‘Crisis’? And the honest answer is: I don’t know!” It doesn’t escape him the fact that in the classic maxi-series that redefined the DC Comics universe in the 80s, the Flash sacrifices himself to save everyone. “Now what will that mean that we have — not one, but two Flashes?” Shipp said, “perhaps one will have to die to save the multiverse and Jay Garrick will get left holding suit.” In any event, the actor is hoping he’ll get to return to reprise one of his parts in the fall.

It was perhaps one of the best curated stunts of the franchise’s now more than 100 hours of television. The crossover events have become every fans’ most anticipated episodes of the season, and after battling Nazis doppelgängers, fending off an alien invasion, and bringing together legends, how were the show runners going to up the stakes? First they introduced the idea that the television multiverse is inhabited by every possible iteration of DC characters including Shipp’s “Flash” of Earth-90, the Kent Farm from Smallville and that it’s all in serious jeopardy of ending!

With the omnipotent Monitor (played by LaMonica Garrett) having made his presence known, inciting a conflict that included the appearance of the Man of Steel and having ended this season of Arrow by taking Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) on a quest of sorts, when The CW primetime universe returns in the fall, there are going to be some major dangling participles to deal with, and the introduction of a certain red-headed Caped Crusader that will undoubtedly be teaming up with the rest of the brave and bold, for that much sought after pairing of the world’s finest.

“Crisis” an Endgame

Though it’s all possible that the televised “Crisis on Infinite Earths” may not have the perpetual ramifications to the DC primetime universe that Marvel Studios Avengers: Endgame had for the cinematic story arcs, fans are expecting nothing less than a very similarly and well-crafted adaptation of one of DC Comics most epic storylines. It took Marvel a decade to get to Endgame and although The CW is promising 5-hours across all its main shows, it still has many more hours of story to build up to, especially if it intends on having as significant an emotional resonance.

As for the aftermath, what will it mean to The CW’s primetime line-up? Though there is no mention of Black Lightning participating in the crossover event, will that show in some way play a part in the fallout? Many are expecting that after the series of hints that were dropped in the latter half of the latest seasons of the show, especially in The Flash, the multiverse will collapse and their will be only one, Prime-Earth. Will that include Supergirl’s Earth-38, and what of the other alternate worlds and timelines the series have explored?

“Anything is possible,” Shipp has said. “I would never have thought that nearly 30-years later I’d be back in a superhero suit…and I’ve since been in two!” With fans hoping that more will be revealed especially at next month’s San Diego Comic-Con, you can bet that participants will be eagerly lining up, as Ruby Rose takes the stage to introduce the cast of Batwoman and give an insight into the newest addition to the primetime line-up, and the series show runners all collect themselves and practice their stock response: “The DC TV universe will never be the same again!”

Trailer | The CW’s BATWOMAN

The fate of Gotham City is in her hands! BATWOMAN is moving in and stepping into the spotlight in the very first Teaser Trailer for the upcoming premiere season of The CW’s newest primetime superhero!

After a stunning debut in this season’s “Elseworlds” CW crossover event, the ever-expanding “Arrowverse” entered into new territory and visited Gotham City excitingly bringing Batwoman out of the shadows. While following a lead into the depths of Arkham Asylum, the Green Arrow, the Flash and Supergirl found themselves in over their heads in inmates, until the Caped Crusader showed up — but with Batman gone missing for some time, the city has been under the watchful eye of another masked vigilante.

Now Kate Kane is going to have her hands full, and Batwoman will be suiting up to keep the denizens of Gotham City safe. Ruby Rose will be starring in the series, which has been confirmed will be premiering a full first season. The pilot had been green lit shortly after, the heroine’s startling appearance in “Elseworlds” and The CW has every faith that Batwoman will fill the void left when Arrow signs off next season after its 10-episode finale. Joining the cast are Dougray Scott as Kate Kane’s military father, Colonel Jacob Kane.

Additional casting notices have included Camrus Johnson (Marvel’s Luke Cage) who will play Luke Fox, the son of Wayne Industry’s leading technologies director Lucious Fox. In the comic books, Luke eventually assumes the role of the high-flying Batwing. Also on board is Nicole Kang who will be cast in the role of Mary Hamilton, Kate Kane’s step-sister, and is rumored may be joining Batwoman in action as a potential sidekick alter-ego. Batwoman marks the first appearance of an openly gay lead character played by an openly gay actor to headline a series in primetime.

Dedicated to inspiring diversity in contemporary narratives, Greg Berlanti the executive producer of The CW’s primetime “Arrowverse” line-up was recently recognized for his work by the International Emmys® with the prestigious Founders Award. Batwoman will be the fifth spin-off of the expanding primetime universe of DC Comics characters appearing on The CW.

Here’s a look at the show’s official Teaser Trailer:

Batwoman stars Ruby Rose and Dougray Scott with Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson and Nicole Kang and will premiere on The CW.

iFeature | ARROW Season 8 Will Be Its Last

After 8 Seasons of urban warfare in the streets of Star City, it looks like the Emerald Archer is hanging up his bow and arrow as The CW prepares to retire the premiere series that launched a multiverse.

It was the shot heard round the Arrowverse! Stephen Amell the lead actor of The CW’s hit Arrow announced on Wednesday that the series will be coming to an end after delivering 10 episodes in its Season 8 this fall. The show which has become the anchor of the primetime DC Comics Universe spun-off three additional series The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl (four if you count Black Lightning into the mix) announced that when it returns in the fall it will produce a short season, prompting many to speculate…

With only 10 episodes expected in the fall, the likelihood that the arc will coincide with the highly anticipated annual crossovers event, the fate of Amell’s billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, turned vigilante Green Arrow has been decided, and will possibly emerge as a casualty of the intended upcoming “Crisis on Infinite Earths”. After 2018’s “Elseworlds” crossover which introduced the threat of The Monitor (played by LaMonica xx) and set-up the notion that the multiverse was indeed facing a crisis, at the conclusion Oliver makes a deal with the devil to save everyone’s life.

Using his social networking platform, Amell thanked his fans for 8 great seasons and was immediately joined by his cast mates across the platform even as the story started to make its way across the entertainment circuit with many in the industry proclaiming that an “era had come to an end”. The show itself, the initial brainstorm of super-producer Greg Berlanti and his co-producers Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim wasn’t the first primetime property based on a DC Comics character, but it altered the playing considerably.

Arrow Crossover
Credit: The CW

Super Team-Ups

With the success of Arrow the demand for more adaptations of the genre inevitably surfaced. The introduction of The Flash and the team-series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow opened up a all-new possibilities when the three shows, taking a page from the success of Marvel Studios franchise films established a unified continuity and the “Arrowverse” was born. When CBS cancelled Supergirl (another Berlanti produced DC property), The CW immediately picked it up and the multiverse in primetime started to take shape.

Eight seasons later, on The CW alone there are now nearly 500 hours of DC Comics superhero programming and this fall they may all be coming to a head with the anticipation of the already teased crossover event of 2019. “Crisis on Infinite Earths” based on the maxi-series of the same name, retooled the DC Comics Universe bringing all the various characters across its then 50-year history into one singular and more cohesive continuity. If the show producers intend on going down a similar path with the primetime universe, there will be inevitable casualties.

Though consistently sustaining its audience, especially gaining some momentum in its latest Seventh Season, Arrow — the longest running of The CW series based on DC currently on air — may have arrived at an impasse . It could well be time for Oliver to hand up the kevlar armor and make way for another new legend, perhaps the recently established Batwoman, a pilot starring Ruby Rose is in production. With a 10-episode final season, the shorter offering allows for the writers to ramp up the action, tie up loose ends and bring home the Emerald Archer heroically.