Arrowverse Annual Crossover To Feature Both Brandon Routh And Tyler Hoechlin In Superman Role

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Last year’s annual Arrowverse crossover event on CW Network featured Batwoman, played by Ruby Rose. This year, the plan is to have a truly epic Superman extravaganza – featuring not one but two whole Supermen. Er…. Supermans? It will see both Brandon Routh and Tyler Hoechlin don the big red cape. The story was broken in a exclusive and is expected to be confirmed at this weekend’s SDCC.

Both actors have played the Superhero before – Hoechlin recurring as Cara’s superhero cousin in the Supergirl series and Routh in Bryan Singer’s 2006 film Superman Returns.

Routh is already a well known face in the CW Arrowverse, playing Ray Palmer AKA The Atom in DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow. That character was introduced on Arrow back in 2015.

The mega crossover will bring together all five of the current Arrowverse franchise series’ in a storyline titled “Crisis On Infinite Earths”.

It will bring together strands of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Batwoman and Legends Of Tomorrow in a five-episode epic spanning 2019/2020. The plan appears to be three episodes airing in December 2019 and the concluding two in January 2020.

Since the different strands of the Arrowverse are set on different Earths, the two actor’s will portray DC’s best-known superhero in different time-lines. It’s not known yet which actor will get to suit up on which Earth, though logically Hoechlin would be reprising his Supergirl version of the Man Of Steel.

The storyline title is the same as a particularly important 12 issue DC comic series from the 1980s. That series dumped a whole bunch of DC characters and stories build up separately by different writers over decades into one big pot and pulled out a whole new DC canon from the frothy superhero broth, which is the reason why we get the whole Arrowverse thing going now. Without that landmark series, it is unlikely the TV series’ would mesh so convincingly, or possibly exist at all.

Carolyn Hucker