DC’s biggest comic book stories thrive on the concept of the Multiverse—a universe of infinite Earths, each radically different from the other. From Kingdom Come to the classic Crisis on Infinite Earths, these “Elseworlds” have captured the imagination of readers for generations. Now, DC’s television shows are getting into the action.
The “Elseworlds” crossover event begins tonight with an episode of The Flash, which sees Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) waking up to a world where everyone thinks Barry is Oliver and vice versa. They enlist the help of Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) to find out what is going on but soon learn that the fate of all reality lies in their hands…
Perhaps the most shocking announcement concerning the crossover is the debut of Kate Kane, aka Batwoman (Ruby Rose). The cousin of Bruce Wayne—yes, Batman has a cousin—Kate is openly lesbian, making her the first LGBTQ superhero to headline their own series. Rose also hinted at a friendship between Kate and Supergirl:
“You have someone like Kate, who is very much a force to be reckoned with and, I think, intimidates the boys a little bit. With Kara, I think it’s more like Supergirl thinks it’s cool. She’s like, “Wow, there’s another woman out there. This is awesome.”
The New, New Adventures of Lois & Clark
Tyler Hochelin received a warm reception for his previous portrayals as Superman, and fans were happy to hear that he was returning for the crossover. However, the Man of Steel is not alone; we meet the love of his life, journalist Lois Lane (Grimm’s Elisabeth Tulloch). Lois is said to play a large role in the crossover. So, it will be interesting to see how she holds her own with the various superheroes.
The Fastest Man Alive
That’s right, John Wesley Shipp is back as the Flash! While Shipp has been an integral part of the 2014 The Flash show (as Barry’s father Henry and the Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick), this marks the first time in 28 years that he will be reprising his role as Barry Allen. And judging from an apocalyptic teaser, he needs all the help he can get…
Prelude to Chaos
The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) seems to be the central antagonist of the crossover. Previously, he appeared to lay waste to Earth-90, where Shipp’s Flash resides. This is interesting, especially given that in the original Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline, the Monitor was a benign presence. What caused him to break bad? And what’s the deal with that book he’s holding?
“Elseworlds” begins tonight at 9/8 central with The Flash, continues with Arrow on Monday night, and concludes with Supergirl on Tuesday night. Will you be watching? Do you have any theories? Are there any characters you want to see? Let us know in the comments!