If all the previous casting news for The CW’s upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths Arrowverse crossover hasn’t already gotten you hyped up for the event, this might be the thing that pushes you over the edge. The AV Club reports that, at an event during the annual Television Critics Association summer press tour, The CW announced that Kevin Conroy, the voice actor who many consider to be the definitive Batman, will appear during Crisis as an older version of Bruce Wayne. Conroy voiced an older Wayne on the beloved Batman Beyond animated series, which it was recently announced is getting a blu-ray remaster later this year.
In addition to Conroy joining the event, The CW also confirmed that Black Lightning, another CW superhero show based on DC Comics characters, will also be taking part in Crisis on Infinite Earths. Until this point the series has not been a part of the Arrowverse, which includes Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and the upcoming Batwoman. Whether a full episode of Black Lightning will be devoted to the crossover or characters from the series will be appearing on other shows (or both) remains to be seen, as currently the schedule for the event includes only the five Arrowverse proper shows.
Speaking of the schedule, the network reiterated news out of SDCC that Crisis on Infinite Earths would span the winter break, with the Batwoman, Supergirl, and The Flash episodes airing before the break, and the returning Legends of Tomorrow and concluding Arrow episodes completing the story on the other side of the break.
Conroy’s addition to Crisis really opens up the scope of possibilities for who else might appear. We already knew that Burt Ward would be appearing, and that Brandon Routh will return to a Superman suit for the event. Conroy is the first actor to join the event who has portrayed a DC character in voice only, though (Ward voiced Robin on a late ’70s Batman animated series). Could we potentially see Tim Daly or George Newburn as Superman? Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman or Phil Lamarr as Green Lantern John Stewart? Could Carl Lumbly, who has already appeared on Supergirl as J’onn J’onnz’s father, make an appearance as the Martian Manhunter himself? I would cry tears of joy if Michael Rosenbaum showed up as a Wally West Flash, or if Will Friedle made an appearance as Terry McGinnis. The possibilities at this point seem, pun absolutely intended, infinite, and I couldn’t be more excited to see this event come together.
The CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths event will begin in early December, and conclude in mid-January.