So if you don’t want to be SPOILED, then consider this your warning.
Earth-1, Earth-38, and whatever Earth Black Lightning is on (did we ever get a definitive answer to that?) have combined into one Earth after Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) sacrificed his life to restart the universe. Now all the Arrowverse shows share a single Earth, known as Earth-Prime, which is efficient.
(Though dear God! Do more cameos on each other shows if you’re going that route.)
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of stuff that happened during this insane crossover. Crisis on Infinite Earths boss Marc Guggenheim talked to Entertainment Weekly about what happened.
Guggenheim said that he had to pinkie swear the powers that he would destroy all the multiverse and the DC shows in “hour one”, but they would be back by “hour five”.
“Basically, I promised DC and all the powers that be that if they just let me destroy all the various different shows in hour 1, I would bring them back in hour 5. I promised that I would put all of the toys back in the toy box once we were finished. For us, the most important status quo change was, of course, combining the CW shows into a single Earth. I like to think that I’m a considerate enough showrunner that I’m not going to destroy the shows of other showrunners.”
One of the more headscratching moments is that it looks like, outside of the changes to Earth-Prime, there has been other changes as well throughout the multiverse. The upcoming DC Universe series Stargirl will now take place on Earth-2.
“Actually, that question is very directly asked by Laurel herself in the Arrow series finale. There’s actually a really, really poignant scene between her and Paul Blackthorne, who plays her dad, that explains that. Speaking to that larger question, one of the things that really excites all of us involved with the Arrowverse shows is that by rebooting the universe, we’ve given ourselves a new central mystery, which is the question: Okay, what does this new universe look like? You got a little bit of a taste of it in hour 5, and going forward we’re going to continue on all the shows to peel the layers of the onion on what that looks like. That’s really, really exciting for all of us.”
The most shocking thing for fans, however, was seeing Ezra Miller cameo as the DCEU’s Barry Allen. (Here’s hoping we get that Flash movie for realsies this time!) It was pretty great moment, tbh. Guggenheim credited Jim Lee for making it happen.
“From the moment we found out that this was a possibility, to once we knew Grant Gustin was cool and on board with it and Ezra was on board with it, I would send drafts of the scene to both Jim Lee and [DC Entertainment’s film VP] Adam Schlagman and we would just go back and forth. The trick with the scene is that I didn’t want to and they didn’t want me to do anything that stepped on the toes of the Flashpoint movie that they’re developing. So, we really worked hand-in-hand. Jim was really great about just making sure that all the parties were talking to each other, that nothing was getting stalled. He was a cheerleader when he needed to be, a diplomat when he needed to be. He really stepped up in every way one could do it. His enthusiasm really helped make this possible.”
If you want to watch all five parts of Crisis On Infinite Earths, then head over to the CW website or app to check it out.