Name: Crisis on Infinite Earths
Genre: Superhero, Action, Adventure
Year: 2019 – 2020
The ultimate superhero TV crossover finally hit our screens and it didn’t disappoint. Not only the vastly anticipated Crisis brought together all the main heroes of the Arrowverse – Stephen Amell’s Green Arrow, Grant Gustin’s Flash, Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl, Ruby Rose’s Batwoman, Caity Lotz’s White Canary and Brandon Routh’s Atom – but it also brought us enough easter eggs for those hardcore fans linking to numerous other live-action DC shows and movies. This included everyone from Tom Welling as our Smallville Superman to Cress Williams’ Black Lightning giving everyone a part to play in the fight against Crisis.
This crossover masterpiece wasn’t an easy task but Crisis manages to tell a coherent breathtaking adventure of life, death and rebirth juggling so many moving pieces and storylines. A pleasing and satisfying thing about Crisis is that it’s very similar to the 1985 comic that it’s inspired on. Both focus on the ultimate team up between heroes of many parallel universes to help the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) stop his opposite dark side Anti-Monitor from destroying the multiverse by taking them out of existence. This shows how much the individual TV shows has built for this moment, where past Arrowverse crossovers only dealt with the dangers to one world, Crisis amazingly showed the reality of all worlds in danger at once. Crisis also manages to be completely self contained. Despite the months of build up on Arrow and Flash, you could watch all five Crisis episodes without any backstory. But you will miss out on some of the jokes, easter eggs and iconic mentions during it. Crisis has a good balance of themes throughout giving us cosmic spectacle, tragedy and humor delivering a high impact amount of action.
All this a more as Crisis greatest success was the wrapping up the original DC series main hero Arrow. Fans knew it was Oliver Queen’s final goodbye during Crisis with his character being fated to die. But the only question was how they were going to give him his final heroes sendoff? Crisis did an extremely great job giving justice to the character defined by self-sacrifice as he saves millions of humans from Earth-38 and struggles as he becomes ‘something else’ in the afterlife. When I was watching I didn’t expect his death to happen so quickly as we see Ollie’s heroic death in Part 1.
As Part 2 begins Ollie’s daughter Mia (Katherine McNamara) struggles with the fact of his passing and is bent on trying to resurrect him in the Lazarus pits. But the Crisis has already found a loophole for Barry to survive, so the prospect of the survival of Ollie was unwelcomed. Thankfully, Crisis eventually justifies the resurrection of Oliver Queen as he temporarily takes on the mantle of the Spectre, giving him the final chance to be a hero on a far bigger scale. His time as the Spectre was grand but short, delivering us a even grander more fitting sacrifice than the first.
This isn’t the only compelling highly entertaining arc in Crisis. One of the most pleasant surprise appearances of the crossover is Jon Cryer’s Lex Luthor. He has the time to make his character lone self-serving villain with his schemes darker and deeper than before, making his own mark on the Lex Luthor name. His ultimate dream of wiping out Superman is becoming a reality as he travels across the multiverse quest to kill all Supermen in Part 2. His genius doesn’t stop there, in part 4 he rewrites the proficy to survive and becomes the twisted and entertaining antagonist. Crisis has for sure paved the way for Lex to become an even bigger, bolder and badder villain in the future of DC’s Supergirl series.
Crisis forces our favourite heroes to be tested like never before by making them Paragons. Supergirl and Flash become the Paragon of Hope and Love. Even though Flash wasn’t seen much in the first two episodes, he becomes one of the main focuses after that. Batwoman was a perfect antidote to increase the popularity of her own TV series. This is her second crossover and develops even more during it than her first appearance. She has a heartbreaking reunion with a version of her cousin forcing her to ingest the knowledge of the multiverse and decide which direction she will throw her batarangs in the fight to become the hero she wants to be.
Now let’s talk about easter eggs. There were so many iconic DC characters and worlds drawn into this crossover that ultimately made the whole multiverse extremely satisfying for any superhero fan. Crisis delivers us a perfect epilogue for the greatly loved Smallville series, allowing fans to see what happened to Tom Welling’s Clark Kent after the series ended. Surprisingly happy. The subtle connection of the appearance of Kevin Conroy in Crisis proves he’s great as Bruce Wayne in live action too. Tom Ellis’ brief but memorable appearance as Lucifer shocked everyone. Here to hoping he becomes a regular character on Legends of Tomorrow. Then BOOM! The biggest surprise of them all, when Ezra Matthew Miller’s Flash appeared. It has never be done before with similar franchises, aka Marvel, to connect the TV universe to the cinematic. But DC did it in such a good way that could open up a whole new storyline of possibilities.
Looking back at all five episodes, some things I would have wanted more of. Cress Williams has very limited time on the screen as Black Lightning and wished they brought in his super power daughters too. The Antimonitor doesn’t really get a full explanation and would have been good to have a more in depth background for his character.
But this doesn’t pull away from how amazing it was to have such a big crossover. I am a nerd and completely loved it! Now to keep up to date with all the series individually is the next challenge.