How do you top the introduction of LGBTQ+ comic-book superhero Batwoman and the addition of a Black-Suit Superman? How about two Supermen, one of whom is a Superman alumnus.
Yes, after last year’s Arrowverse crossover “Elseworlds”, fans were left reeling from the ending teaser of the upcoming crossover special “Crisis on Infinite Earths” based on the famous comic-book event.
Now it seems a big stunt is planned to top the introduction of Ruby Rose as Batwoman in last year’s crossover, with the focus being on not one but two versions of one of DC’s most well-known superheroes, Superman.
Reports state that both Tyler Hoechlin and Brandon Routh will portray the Last Son of Krypton in different time frames during the crossover event, which as the title suggests the term “different time frames” may indicate different Earths.
Tyler Hoechlin is the most recent incarnation of the caped superhero as he portrayed Clark Kent aka Superman in a minor-recurring capacity during Supergirl’s second and third seasons having last appeared in last year’s crossover “Elseworlds” alongside Bitsie Tulloch’s introduction as his partner Lois Lane.
Brandon Routh meanwhile portrayed Superman in the 2006 movie Superman Returns, a movie set as a homage sequel to the 1978 motion picture Superman and its 1980 sequel Superman II. Being the first live-action cinematic appearance of the character since the late Christopher Reeves first brought the superhero to the big screen.
Routh also currently portrays the superhero and scientist Dr. Ray Palmer aka The Atom on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow having first debuted on Arrow, both shows of which will be part of the upcoming crossover as well as Supergirl, The Flash and new series Batwoman.
In this new five-episode crossover, all shows involved in the Arrowverse old and new will unite in the highly anticipated event that will be sure to have major ramifications for the franchise going forward.
The structure of this crossover will also take a different turn in how the episodes air. To date, every crossover has aired over the course of one week. However now the first three episodes of this crossover will air in December, while the last two will air in January, making this the first crossover to span two quarters of programming.
The season finales of Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl all had minor teases at the very end of their respective episodes to set the stage for the upcoming opus crossover which is based off the twelve-issue comic series of the same name.
No further details have been given over the crossover or the inclusion of both Hoechlin and Routh as two different versions of Superman.
The CW’s DC TV Universe, which has been dubbed the Arrowverse after its pioneer show, began in 2011 with Arrow which is coming into its eighth and final season when the Autumn television schedule begins.
While there has been no official word as to exactly how Arrow will end, the season finale seemed to make it clear that two of the show’s main characters, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) have reached the end of their respective roads.
Meanwhile the main character of The Flash, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) has been teased to “vanish in a mysterious crisis” since the show’s pilot episode in 2014. Now as the series enters its sixth season, the in-canon changes in time have made the date of his disappearance much closer to the present day, specifically the date of the crossover event.
While Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow did not officially leave us with any teases for the upcoming crossover, Supergirl did feature an appearance from Mar-Novu aka The Monitor who first appeared in last year’s crossover “Elseworlds” and who seems an integral player in the upcoming crisis.
Here he was shown to not only bring in the believed deceased brother of J’onn J’onzz aka the Martian Manhunter who seems to want revenge against his sibling, but also as the episode ended, The Monitor approached a deceased Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) potentially with the intention of reviving the villain.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow meanwhile only featured an appearance in the audience by Mar-Novu without any interference to time or our heroes from him personally however it remains to be seen if the change in timeline which saw Zari Tomaz (Tala Ashe)’s time with the Legends being erased and her apparent brother Behrad (Shayan Sobhian) taking her place will have any effect on the upcoming crisis.
The Arrowverse’s latest addition Batwoman starring Ruby Rose as the titular hero debuts October 6.
The Arrowverse’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” five-night crossover event will begin