The CW’s Arrowverse has had various events and crossovers in the past but the latest story, Crisis on Infinite Earths, is shaping up to be something else entirely. At the Batwoman panel at San Diego Comic-Con, it was revealed that Burt Ward would be making an appearance in the event. For those that do not know, he played Robin in the original 1960s Batman TV series.
It is currently unknown as to who he is playing. He could make a return as Boy Wonder or he could play a new character much like Mark Hamil did with the Trickster. If he is returning to play Batman’s sidekick, he will be a much older rendition at the ripe old age of 74. Although, this wouldn’t be the first time we saw an older actor reprise their original role as John Wesley-Shipp did so as Barry Allen in The Flash.
This isn’t the first step back into DC for Ward as he has lent his voice to Robin in various animated movies. However, he has expressed interest in returning to live-action at some point:
Of course! I’m an actor and I love doing everything to do with Batman. I love doing other projects as well. I’ve done forty movies on television. You know, it’s a wonderful thing; Gotham is a great show. And all I can tell you is that I would be happy to do it; I’d be happy to any kind of project. I love to work!Burt Ward
Brandon Routh, the actor behind Atom in CW’s Arrowverse, is also reprising a previous role in Crisis on Infinite Earths. He is making an appearance as Superman for the first time since 2006. It seems as though CW are pulling all the strings to make this a nostalgic joyride for long-time DC fans.
When speaking at the Batwoman panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, executive producer Caroline Dries said, “We’re currently working on the crossover. We’ve got a ton, a ton, a ton of characters coming into the five-part event, but Burt Ward will be making an appearance.”
With Burt Ward returning and Routh playing Superman again, is it possible that Dries is hinting at the potential inclusion of more past heroes? Could we see other actors reprise their roles? We’ll find out in October as Batwoman will premier on the 6th.
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