This year’s Arrowverse crossover, “Elseworlds,” ended with last night’s episode of Supergirl. Unlike the previous crossovers, though, this one didn’t quite wrap up with a neat little bow. We already knew going into the episode that The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) was meddling with the timeline in an effort to test our heroes, to prepare them for a greater threat that’s on its way. With the final frame of the crossover in the rearview, we now have an idea of what that threat might be, and it’s a doozy.
The crossover ends with John Deegan (Jeremy Davies), aka Doctor Destiny, locked up in Arkham Asylum, but according to Batwoman (Ruby Rose), he’s made a friend. It seems the inmate in the next cell over is a character who appeared briefly in Part 2: Roger Hayden, the Psycho-Pirate. He tells Deegan that everything is going to be alright, and then he utters a famous tagline: “Worlds will live. Worlds will die. And the universe will never be the same.”
Then a tease appeared onscreen: “Coming Fall 2019: Crisis on Infinite Earths.”
This news isn’t entirely shocking given how past crossovers have gone and the presence of The Monitor in “Elseworlds,” but it’s still extremely exciting for fans of the Arrowverse or of classic DC storylines. Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 1985 event series that saw the DC Multiverse under attack by the Anti-Monitor, who wished to destroy all positive matter in the universe. The end result of the series was one consolidated Earth for all of DC’s stable of characters, and a revised history to go along with it.
The Multiverse has played an ever-increasing role in the Arrowverse since it was introduced back in season 2 of The Flash. It has become a staple of that particular series, which has featured iterations of The Flash and Harrison Wells from different Earths; in fact, each season of the series has featured a different alternate Earth version of Harrison Wells, all played by actor Tom Cavanagh. Other heroes who have appeared also come from alternate Earths: Jesse Quick hails from Earth-2, while Jay Garrick is from Earth-3.
The addition of Supergirl to the Arrowverse came during that show’s first season, while the show was still on CBS, when The Flash accidentally crossed the dimensional barrier onto what would come to be known as Earth-38, the home of Supergirl and Superman. Once Supergirl made the switch from CBS to The CW, the character became a part of the annual Arrowverse crossovers, though a reason has always had to be built in to bring Kara from Earth-38 to Earth-1. One wonders if the end result of next year’s Crisis on Infinite Earths event will be, as it was in the comics, a single Earth for all of the Arrowverse characters.
Obviously we’ll have more news on this as it takes shape, and check back later today for a full recap of “Elseworlds, Part 3.”
Joe Grunenwald is a writer and editor living in the Pacific Northwest. He’s taller than a lot of people but not as tall as some people.