Around this time last year, the CW had made the announcement that the four-night crossover between its superhero shows would be titled “Crisis on Earth X”. Many fan theories and speculations ran wild with the announcement of such an epic event. What soon followed were trailers, interviews, and the official poster for the event. After the event, fans like myself were left thinking, “How could they possibly top this off next year?” Well, we now have the answer to that question.
The CW revealed from its official Twitter account that the title for this year’s crossover event would be called “Elseworlds.”
— The Flash (@CW_TheFlash) September 26, 2018
For those of you who may not be familiar with the concept of “Elseworlds,” it’s a label that DC Comics has been using since the 1980s. It is used specifically for special one-shot comics that take place outside of main DC continuity. The first Elseworlds title was Gotham By Gaslight, released in 1989. In this comic, set during the Victorian Era, readers saw Batman take on Jack the Ripper, who had come to Gotham City. Other popular comics that fall under the title of Elseworlds are Superman: Red Sun and Kingdom Come, two of the most acclaimed stories involving the man of steel.
In addition to announcing the theme, news broke, via Deadline, that LaMonica Garret, known for his work on Designated Survivor, was cast as The Monitor. Introduced during the Crisis on Infinite Earths miniseries in 1985, the Monitor is a powerful being known as Mar Novu. Playing a critical role in the story, he was created on the planet O’a after the creation of the Multiverse. He holds great power and knows a lot of information about the multiverse. His twin brother, the Anti-Monitor, was the main villain of the arc. The main plot of the series was that many versions of earth from the multiverse were starting to merge together. This let DC combine multiple earths, stories, and continuities into one universe.
Fans have been waiting for this storyline to come to TV for a long time and have crafted many theories. If they’re going to include a character that had a major role in one of the most important stories in DC history, I doubt that this would be the only time we see him. The concept of the multiverse has been introduced and covered on several episodes of The Flash and Supergirl in the past. For instance, in the season 4 episode titled “When Harry Met Harry”, the Council of Wells was introduced. The council is made up of different versions of Harrison Wells from the multiverse that come together summoned to use their combined intellect. With Supergirl, even though the show was picked up by the CW and has been included in the crossover, the show has its own continuity. None of the major events that happen on the other Arrowverse shows affect it.
This really makes me believe even more that they’ll do this storyline in its entirety one day. Since Legends focuses on time travel and Arrow is a much more grounded show, last year’s crossover was a way to set up the concept of the multiverse across all four shows. Now that it’s been established, any future stories that revolve around the multiverse could eventually lead into an event like Crisis on Infinite Earths.
However, fans of The Flash know that a major event is supposed to happen on April 25th, 2024, which was introduced after the very first episode of the series. This most likely means that they won’t get to adapt the Crisis story on tv until they’ve covered the 2024 story. Plus, they will need to add a lot more components to the Arrowverse for an event that big. But the Monitor does give me hope that they’ll give more information about other earths, or at least establish an even bigger importance on the concept of the multiverse.
It’s also been revealed that Tyler Hoechlin is reprising his role as Superman, Elizabeth Tulloch has been cast as Lois Lane, Jeremy Davies will be playing Dr. John Deegan, Cassandra Jean Amell was cast as Nora Fries, and Ruby Rose will be portraying Batwoman for this crossover.
All we know of the plot is that Dr. Deggan’s devious work at Arkham Asylum will force the Flash, the Green Arrow, and Supergirl to Gotham City. It’s also revealed that the characters from Legends of Tomorrow will not make appearances. Although this is sad, I do think it’s the right choice, since that would be too many characters to worry about.
Overall, I’m super pumped to see how this year’s crossover plays out. It’ll be interesting to see how they handle the concept of Elseworlds and to see how they introduce Batwoman into the Arrowverse.
“Elseworlds” begins Sunday, Dec. 9, with The Flash at 8 p.m.; continues Monday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. with Arrow; and concludes the following night at 8 p.m. with Supergirl.