The Multiverse has become an increasingly important part of the CW’s DC TV universe, from the addition of Supergirl‘s Earth-38 to the mix when the series jumped networks from CBS, to last year’s “Crisis on Earth-X” crossover event. If two pieces of news on this year’s crossover are any indication, the network doesn’t appear to be easing up on the alternate Earths.
The title of this year’s crossover, between The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl has been revealed via tweet as”Elseworlds.” The announcement comes complete with the classic DC Comics Elseworlds logo:
— DC (@DCComics) September 26, 2018
Of note in that image is our first look at the Batsignal with a distinctly Batwoman logo. Zoom in on the image for a glimpse of a Wayne-branded building above the Arrow logo.
As if that wasn’t enough to get fans buzzing, DC has also announced the addition of another new character to the DC-TV universe: actor LaMonica Garrett (Sons of Anarchy) has been cast as Mar Novu, also known as The Monitor, a character who, you may recall, plays a pivotal role as a guardian of the Multiverse in the classic Crisis on Infinite Earths event series. There have been multiple Monitors since that original series, so it remains to be seen if there will be multiple Monitors – or perhaps an Anti-Monitor – showing up in “Elseworlds” as well.
The addition of The Monitor will not be DC-TV’s first Crisis-linked character, as John Diggle’s wife, Lyla Michaels, has been a recurring character since the end of Arrow‘s first season. Lyla first appeared in the comics alongside The Monitor in the lead-up to Crisis on Infinite Earths, and became Harbinger during the miniseries; on Arrow, Lyla has occasionally used “Harbinger” as a call-sign while out in the field on ARGUS missions.
Garrett joins other newcomers Ruby Rose (Kate Kane, aka Batwoman) and Elizabeth “Bitsie” Tulloch (Lois Lane) making their debuts during “Elseworlds.” Tyler Hoechlin will also be returning as Superman for the three-night crossover event, which airs in December.
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