There was an Invasion! There was a Crisis on Earth X. And now Oliver, Barry and Kara will venture beyond the walls of the multiverse into the Elseworlds.
If you’re not caught up on your comic book lore, “Elseworld” is a term that DC has used for stories that exist outside the main continuity and featured some weird twists on their core characters (but mostly just Batman). The first official use of that label was 1989’s Gotham By Gaslight, which presented Batman facing Jack the Ripper.
The episodes will see the casts of Arrow, Supergirl and The Flash crossover in an adventure to Gotham City where they’ll meet Batwoman (Ruby Rose), who will go on to star in her own TV show next year.
The CW is also bringing in some other big name characters for the annual crossover of its DC superhero shows.
The event introduces Jeremy Davies as John Deegan (a doctor at Arkham Asylum), Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane and Cassandra Jean Amell as Nora Fries (wife of famous Bat-villain Mr Freeze). Tyler Hoechlin will reprise his role as Superman.
The latest addition to the line-up is Designated Survivor star LaMonica Garrett as The Monitor, an otherworldly being who observes the events of the Arrowverse and beyond. In the comics, he played a key role in instigating the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
The Legends of Tomorrow will not be participating in this year’s crossover, which may be a little disappointing. But if Elseworlds presents viewers with an alternate-reality tale it would make sense to exclude Sara Lance and her team, because alterations to the timeline are kind of their whole thing, which would make the entire story feel like just another anachronism-filled Legends episode.
Airing in early December, the CW’s three-episode event begins with The Flash on Sunday, December 9, at 8pm, continuing with Arrow on Monday, December 10, at 8pm and concluding with Supergirl on Tuesday, December 11, at 8pm. The Flash and Supergirl will swap nights especially for the Elseworlds crossover.