Crisis is a crossover of five DC shows that run on the CW network, forming Arrowverse: Arrow, The Flash, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Batwoman. The plot follows a comic icon of the same name and deals with the possible destruction of each dimension or the "multiverse". So yes, the stakes are high. (Disclosure: CW is jointly owned by ViacomCBS, the parent company of CNET.)
The crossover started on Sunday evening with a shocking development. It will run for the next two nights before ending on the 14th of January with the last two hours.
What excites me about the crisis is not the plot or even the special effects that are likely to be cheesy for a television budget. The Avengers have brought in characters from Marvel Studios that have been carefully crafted over the past decade with a unique vision. Crisis pays tribute and is based on several iterations of DC projects from the last decades, regardless of who worked on them.
Who is in this crossover? Everyone, apparently.
Warning: Spoiler ahoy!
Smallville fans will appreciate that Tom Welling and Erica Durance re-interpret their respective roles as Superman and Lois Lane – another variant of Superman and Lois Lane – which are now in Supergirl occur, played by Tyler Hoechlin and Bitsie Tulloch. Confusingly, Durance turns up as another Alura Zor-El, Supergirl's birth mother. Kevin Conroy, who starred in Batman's classic 90s cartoon, will make his live-action debut as Bruce Wayne. Cress Williams, starring in CW's latest DC show, Black Lightning, is also meeting his network heroes for the first time.
Brandon Routh, who plays the Atom in Legends of Tomorrow, will wear another Superman suit in reference to Bryan Singer's 2006 Superman Returns. (Images of him in a costume inspired by Kingdom Come trigger already nostalgic goose bumps.) Also seen are John Wesley Shipp, who played the Flash in the early 90s in the short-lived series, and Ashley Scott, who played in the failed series Huntress Early 2000s Birds of Prey series.
Just a few minutes after the first episode began, we saw Robert Whul playing Tim Knight's director Batman (1989), Alexander Knox. Fittingly, he is from the Earth-89. We also saw Burt Ward playing Robin in the Batman series of the 1960s (Earth 66), and surprisingly Alan Ritchson's Hawk and Curran Walters & # 82; Robin of Titans (who finished his second season in the DC Universe streaming service) , Presumably, they were all seized by the crisis, which had the shape of a menacing red cloud.
As someone who has seen or at least heard each of these shows, I am thrilled with the prospect of swimming through this intoxicating nostalgia stew.
A fitting end
The crisis also serves as a capper for Arrow, the first of this latest wave of DC shows. The success of Arrow, anchored by a hero of the same name, played by Stephen Amell, allowed The CW to expand into several shows in which the characters could move from one series to the next. Even as Warner Bros. sought to create a DC Extended Universe on the big screen, he managed to assemble the arc verse on the small screen.
To give you an idea of how far the Arrowverse has come, Arrow launched as a gritty Batman begins-esque show that is grounded in reality. Now several series deal with flying beings with superpowers, time travel and of course several alternative universes.
It is fitting that the bulk of Arrow's hull season served as a gigantic prelude to Crisis. Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) was commissioned by an almighty named Monitor, who prevents an antagonist, the anti-monitor, from destroying everything. Along the way, he had the opportunity to emotionally showcase key characters from the series. As a longtime Arrow fan who clings to the show through his ups and downs, I can not imagine a better way to say goodbye to the "Emerald Archer".
It is shocking that after the first episode of the Crossovers, Queen takes the time to take to allow people on Earth to flee to their own earth. The episode ends with saying goodbye to The Flash, Supergirl and his delayed adult daughter Mia. (Comics can be complicated.)
Being a comic series, I'm not entirely convinced that we've seen the last part of Queen. After all, we later saw another version of him, an older, blunted Queen from Star City 2046.
While I'm a fan of Arrow, I've been trying to keep up as The CW expanded its roster of DC Heroes on the screen. I've seen the first season of almost every show, but with two little kids I've reached my limit. At The Flash, Black Lightning and Supergirl, I'm way behind and I did not even bother to see Batwoman. The only exception was DC's Legends of Tomorrow, which are proving to be crazy and amazing.
Luckily, I do not look like I need to get caught up in these shows to follow Crisis. After the first episode, I felt reasonably comfortable with some of the character interactions, many of which centered on Supergirl's cast. There were a few parts of the interpersonal drama I had picked up in context, and the rest I got along well. (Including a massive dragon that somehow shrinks into an iguana?)
When the showrunners are smart, they keep the story under control and allow us to appreciate the characters' interactions without getting too deeply into the luggage of their respective shows.
All I need is a concentrated, wild adventure that reconciles a massive cast with fantastic special effects and a fitting ending to some of my favorite cartoon characters.
It worked for Avengers: Endgame, right?
Originally released on December 7, the crossover.