The Arrowverse Crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths parts one through three aired last month and left our heroes in a dire situation. The Multiverse is non-existent and there are only six heroes and two villains left. You can read full recaps at the link below. Here’s just a few highlights from the Crisis.
Arrow season 8 and The Flash season 6 have been preparing for the Crisis on Infinite Earths with the knowledge that both Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) would die in the Crisis. Team Arrow was the first to witness the Crisis when a wave of anti-matter destroyed Earth-2.
The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) used Oliver to build a device that would unlock Lyla Michaels’ (Audrey Marie Anderson) powers as Harbinger. At about the same time, Harrison ‘Nash’ Wells (Tom Cavanagh) entered a door underneath Central City that released the Anti-Monitor Mobius (Garrett). Nash became Pariah afterwards.
Supergirl/Kara Zor-El Danvers (Melissa Benoist) and her team were the next to be affect when the anti-matter wave destroyed both Argo City and Earth-38. Before you knew it, the Crisis consumed everything but Earth-1. The heroes were moved to the Waverider, but they could not hide from the Anti-Monitor.
HOLY CRIMSON SKIES OF DEATH!
The Crisis begins, the heroes are assembled, and emotions start running high. Earths started disappearing and along with other superheroes that we haven’t seen in some time. We saw two versions of Gotham City from Tim Burton’s Batman on Earth 89. And on Earth 88 as Dick Grayson/Robin (Burt Ward) was walking his dog. Robin appeared again, but as young Jason Todd (Curran Walters) with Hawk (Alan Richson) from the DC Universe series Titans on Earth 9. The actual Batman/Bruce Wayne (Kevin Conroy) appeared as an older, more jaded version on Earth 99.
There were multiple Supermans, including Smallville’s Superman/Clark Kent (Tom Welling) on Earth 167. He got rid of his powers somehow to live a normal life with Lois Lane (Erica Durance). And Brandon Routh returned to his role as Clark Kent on Earth 96. He is known as Kingdom Come Superman.
The Huntress/Helena Kyle (Ashley Scott) from 2002’s Birds of Prey television show appeared on Earth 203. We revisited The Ray (Russell Tovey) on Earth X as it was destroyed by the antimatter wave. Black Lightning (Cress Williams) from Earth 203 was brought in by Harbinger to help Flash stop the antimatter wave.
Other cameos include Will Wheaton appeared as a prophet of doom in Supergirl, The Tick’s Griffin Newman played the quiz master for the Legends. Wentworth Miller returned as Leonard Snart…sort of. He was the voice of the Waverider frome Earth 74. And Johnathan Schaech returned as another version of Jonah Hex.
One very interesting addition was Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) on Earth 666 from the Netflix series Lucifer. That was the best surprise of them all. All of these officially became a part of the Arrowverse canon. This could lead to some interesting crossovers if The CW plays their cards right.
THE DEATH OF OLIVER QUEEN AND BARRY ALLEN
Oliver sacrificed himself on Earth-38 to make sure as many people as possible could escape. Barry and Oliver’s daughter Mia Smoak (Katherine McNamara) came up with the idea to use a Lazarus Pit to bring Oliver back. They enlisted help from Legends Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) and John Constantine (Matt Ryan). Oliver’s body was revived, but his soul remained in Purgatory.
That’s when Constantine cashed in a favor from Lucifer on Earth 666 for a ticket into Purgatory. Constatine, Mia, and John Diggle (David Ramsey) found Oliver. And a man named Jim Corrigan (Stephen Lobo). Corrigan was there to recruit Oliver to a higher purpose that could save the Multiverse. Oliver said goodbye to Mia and Diggle and left with Corrigan.
As for Barry, Team Flash and Black Lightning found the Anti-Monitor’s domain and they found Earth 19’s Barry Allen/The Flash (John Wesley Shipp) trapped inside. When The Monitor said Barry Allen must die to save billions, he didn’t specify which Barry Allen. Earth-19’s Barry makes the necessary sacrifice, allowing Earth-1 Barry to return to Iris (Candice Patton).
The Monitor discovered seven Paragons who could save the Multiverse from the Anti-Monitor.
- Supergirl – the Paragon of Hope
- The White Canary Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) – Paragon of Destiny
- Batwoman (Ruby Rose) – Paragon of Courage
- The Flash – Paragon of Love
- Martian Manhunter (David Harewood) – Paragon of Honor
- Professor Ryan Choi (Osric Choi) – Paragon of Humanity
- Kingdom Come Superman – Paragon of Truth
Pariah (Tom Cavanagh) sent the Paragons to the Vanishing Point for their safety. Then something strange happened. Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) found a way to survive. He took the Book of Destiny, found the part about the Paragons, crossed out Superman’s name and wrote in his name. Kingdom Come Superman disappeared and Lex took his place as the Paragon of Truth.
The Crisis returns next week with the two hour conclusion on Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. The Paragons are alone in the Vanishing Point. They will have to figure out how to reverse what the Anti-Monitor has done. Supergirl is determined to bring everyone back to life, just as Barry is very eager to get his life back. Oliver Queen returns, but he’s no longer the Green Arrow. Will he be the winning factor for the Paragons?
The Crisis on Infinite Earths conclusion airs Tuesday, January 14 on The CW.