If you’ve been watching The CW at any point over the last month, then you definitely know a Crisis is coming. First teased nearly a year ago at the end of the previous crossover (Elseworlds), Crisis On Infinite Earths promises to be the largest DC superhero teamup ever witnessed on TV.
Its inspiration, the 1985 comic book miniseries of the same name, was written to consolidate decades of unwieldy and confusing continuity that DC had built up. Here, the main purpose is ratings (and, also, to get Supergirl in the same dimension as The Flash. And also probably to kill Ollie).
Here are all the kooky new characters: the Monitor, who already appeared in Elseworlds, watches over the universe and tells the heroes cryptic things. They aren’t sure if they can trust him, but he’ll be a whole lot more trustworthy than the Anti-Monitor, who seeks to devour all other worlds to increase his own power. Helping in the fight against the Anti-Monitor are Harbinger, who appears on doomed planets to warn the citizenry and give them half a chance, and Pariah, a criminal who has been condemned to witness the planets’ destruction as part of his sentence.
And you know the rest…Green Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, the Legends, Black Lightning, Batwoman, and Superman and Lois, who have recently reproduced (aww, isn’t he cute? Would the Anti-Monitor kill a baby? You bet).
Below this trailer are the official synopses for the first three episodes of Crisis On Infinite Earths, which begin airing December 8 followed by an aftershow hosted by Kevin Smith. They’re not THAT spoilery, but we’ve separated them with this embed just in case.
Supergirl, “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One”
THE KICKOFF TO THE EPIC CROSSOVER EVENT
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8/7c (special time)
The Monitor (guest star LaMonica Garrett) sends Harbinger (guest star Audrey Marie Anderson) to gather the worlds’ greatest heroes – Supergirl, The Flash, Green Arrow, Batwoman, White Canary, The Atom and Superman (guest star Tyler Hoechlin) – in preparation for the impending Crisis. With their worlds in imminent danger, the superheroes suit up for battle while J’onn and Alex recruit Lena to help them find a way to save the people of Earth-38.
Batwoman, “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two”
CAN THE REAL CLARK KENT PLEASE STAND UP? ‘CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS’ CONTINUES WITH SPECIAL GUEST STARS TOM WELLING, ERICA DURANCE AND KEVIN CONROY
Monday, Dec. 9 at 8 pm (special day)
The group uses Ray’s invention to track new recruits to help save the universe. The Monitor sends Iris, Clark and Lois (guest star Elizabeth Tulloch) in search of a mysterious Kryptonian, while Kate and Kara head out to find Bruce Wayne (guest star Kevin Conroy). In addition, Mia challenges Sara, Rory discovers a hidden talent, and Lex Luthor (guest star Jon Cryer) returns.
The Flash, “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three”
BLACK LIGHTNING JOINS THE ARROWVERSE IN THE THIRD CHAPTER OF THE CROSSOVER
Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8 pm
Pariah (The Flash‘s Tom Cavanagh) enlists Black Lightning (guest star Cress Williams) to help stop the Anti-Monitor (guest star LaMonica Garrett) after Flash-90 (guest star John Wesley Shipp) shares what he learned from his battle in “Elseworlds.” With the help of Black Lightning, Barry, Cisco and Killer Frost come up with a plan that could save them all. Meanwhile, Iris has a heart-to-heart with Ryan Choi (Legends of Tomorrow newcomer Osric Chau), while Oliver and Diggle return to an old, familiar stomping ground.