CW network is a paradise for DC superhero lovers. It has brought alive four major shows namely: Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. The DC fans are super excited as the annual gala event on CW i.e mega crossover between four major shows – Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl is less than a week away.
Crisis on Earth X is about to hit the screens, ladies, and gentlemen. And it is gonna be one hell of a ride. Last year the Dominator arc put our heroes in the crosshairs of an alien invasion. Viewers were struck with awe as our beloved heroes of the Arrowverse were caught in the crossfire of the Dominators’ alien armada. While the heroes somehow managed to deal with the threat in the previous crossover, Can they do it again? Maybe it was all just beginner’s luck eh?
It was a threat from an advanced extra-terrestrial civilization from another planet that brought our heroes together. The Dominators came to Earth looking for Barry Allen and to make him pay for the mess of a timeline he created when he undid reality to establish Flashpoint. The aliens were dealt with after a long and gruesome fiasco. It was officially kicked off in Supergirl, came into its full avatar in the Flash episode titled “Invasion”, continued in the special Arrow 100th episode and ended in Legends of Tomorrow. This time the Arrowverse superheroes are up against a bunch of bad guys on Earth-X. Yeah, you heard it, this time the threat is not from outer space. It’s from a fucking alternate reality!!
In case you guys still are not aware of the multiverse concept, let us enlighten you. The universe we are in is not alone. There are infinite variations of it. Infinite realities, Infinite worlds, Infinite possibilities.
The CW has already revealed the theme of the crossover on social media i.e Crisis on Earth X through a poster designed by legendary Wonder Woman artist Phil Jimenez. The story will revolve around how the rogue versions of superheroes and villains crash the wedding party of Barry Allen and Iris West. It will be grander, deadlier and stakes will be higher.
Recently, it was confirmed that Barry Allen- Iris West isn’t the only couple who will get married, another high profile couple of Arrorverse will tie the knot – Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak. Yes, you read it right. A set photo has revealed that CW Crossover is pulling off a double wedding with Diggle standing by their side.
The attack comes from Earth X – an alternate reality earth where Germany went to win the World War 2 against the allies. As s result, the world is now a Nazi-controlled planet with our mainstream Arrowverse heroes’ doppelgangers having turned evil and now help further the Nazi cause of total domination. Superheroes don’t exist on Earth X. Period.
In the upcoming CW Seed animated feature Freedom Fighters: The Ray, we will learn more about the evil versions of our favorite superhero characters.
According to TVLine, Russell Tovey (Quantico fame) will be playing the character of Ray in live-action as he is also the voice of the character in an animated version. His character description goes like this:
“Raymond “Ray” Terrill was a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. But before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a “genetic light bomb.” The bomb failed to kill him and instead gifted Ray with light-based powers. With these abilities, Ray realized he could go beyond reporting on injustice — he could take action to help stop it. Calling himself The Ray, he was recruited by Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters to fight violence and oppression wherever it exists.”
There are two promos that have been released till now by CW ahead of mega-crossover.
The first promo is very brief but gave insight on what to expect from the upcoming crossover event. We can see Green Arrow leading the team comprising of The Flash, White Canary, Supergirl and Alex Danvers through the corridor of Star Labs on Earth-1. Most of the action will take place on Earth-X given the title itself. It is for the first time we see Alex in the crossover, she was missing last time so it would be fun to see her interact with members of Team Flash, Team Arrow, and Legends.
In the second teaser, the villains on Earth-X have been revealed. We can see an evil Flash, Nazi Supergirl and Arrow. We got a closer look at Nazi Oliver Queen pointing a Luger at someone; snippets of Cisco wearing formal dress before something blows up in the background. There is an intimate hug being thrown into the mix and then finally heroes lining up behind White canary, Alex Danvers and Kid Flash.
While the heroes and their Earth X counterparts are ready to fight it out in a grand tag team match of mayhem, we have good news (for the fans, not the heroes). An entire plethora of evil superheroes will be fighting for team Earth X. Crisis on Earth X will put our heroes against a truly sinister crew hell-bent on destroying everything the heroes care about. A new poster released by The CW reveals who’s who of the new crossover.
The new illustrated poster has revealed that the massive showdown will happen between Team Flash, Team Arrow, Legends, Supergirl against four known adversaries namely Prometheus, Reverse Flash, Overgirl, Metallo and DC superhero Red Tornado. Red Tornado is joined by an all-metal Metallo. Supergirl’s evil counterpart Overgirl is also present. Reverse Flash is back with a cool new speedster suit. Prometheus returns as Prometheus X of Earth X. Apart from Prometheus, another archer also plays for the guest team. An evil Green Arrow version is seen fighting the superheroes of this Earth.
Metallo was introduced in Supergirl season 2 and it was very weak and forgettable bad guy. The show-makers heard the cries of Metallo fans and his Earth-X version is full AI, unlike Supergirl’s half human version who was easily taken down. Red Tornado was briefly introduced in Supergirl season 1 episode titled “Red Faced” and android was shown destroyed and never came up again. He is a villain on Earth-X but in comics, he is a good guy. He was created as a force against the Justice League but he redeemed himself and embraced human alter-ego. It is possible that in the crossover, he will betray the villains and become force for good and officially join Arrowverse.
One of the evil villains who will be making a comeback is Earth-X version of Prometheus but it will not be played by Josh Segarra. In Arrow season 5, the show deliberately decided to do away with supernatural villains and instead chose a man who is D.A. of Star City and is out to avenge his father killed by Arrow in cold blood. Prometheus literally turned the world of Green Arrow upside down and broke him both physically and mentally.
The Earth X villains face off against Supergirl, the Green Arrow, the Flash, White Canary, Wild Dog, Mr. Terrific and the Atom in the poster. While it is unconfirmed if more heroes from the Arrowverse have evil versions of themselves lurking around in Planet Nazi, the ones seen in the poster are confirmed to appear and make life hell for the good guys.
What stood out in the Dominator invasion arc was the awesome comic interaction between the different superheroes. Can the Legends of Tomorrow, The Arrow, Supergirl and The Flash bring back the same magic they did one year ago? With the heroes had already met, will the dynamics be any different? Will the quirkiness of Kara annoy the stoic nature of Oliver? Will the Flash’ cautiousness get the better of the wild bunch that is the Legends?
The previous crossover did not just score an A in CGI, humor and action sequences but also in comic book accuracy and an engaging plotline. We hope when the baddies of earth x clash with the good guys, interesting encounters do cometh.
The official synopsis of the upcoming crossover reads:
Barry and Iris’s wedding brings the gang together, but things go awry when villains from Earth-X attack the ceremony. All of the superheroes band together with help from their super friends like Citizen Cold, The Ray, Felicity Smoak, Iris West and Alex Danvers to take on their most formidable villains yet. Earth’s mightiest heroes – Green Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash and White Canary – lead their teams into battle to save the world.
The CW is going all guns blazing to make this year’s crossover bigger and better than last years’ which was a high-octane action adventure. The CW’s Crisis on Earth X crossover begins on November 27 with Supergirl and The Arrow and ends on November 28 with The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.