The CW have announced the official dates for the upcoming Arrowverse crossover event Crisis On Infinite Earths, whilst media outlets have been confirming that characters from the Black Lightning series will appear and Kevin Conroy has been cast as Bruce Wayne.
Crisis On Infinite Earths is the followup event to last years crossover Elseworlds, where Arkham Asylum doctor John Deegan rewriting reality, which results in Oliver and Barry swapping lives. In this new reality, the two heroes are the only ones that know that they are in the wrong lives and have each other’s powers.
The reports don’t state which characters from Black Lightning will appear in the crossover, though it’s expected that at least Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) will appear. The series has been separate from the other Arrowverse shows since it’s debut, so it will be interesting to some of the Pierce family mix it up with the other Arrowverse characters.
Speaking about the crossover, CW president Mark Pedowitz said:
The whole theory of ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ is that alternative universes collapse. This is a DC property. We felt that it might be the right time if [executive producer Salim Akil] was interested in doing it. We had a conversation with Salim, and he said, yes, it made a lot of sense to make the connection at this point. He’s in his own universe. He is doing his own thing. We would not have done it if he had not signed off on it.
In addition, it was announced that Kevin Conroy will be appearing in the crossover event as Bruce Wayne. Conroy has been a popular figure amongst DC fans as he’s voiced the character of Bruce Wayne/Batman since Batman: The Animated Series, following that up with sequel series Batman Beyond, so Conroy playing the character in live-action form will be a nice nod.
Aswell as the main cast members across Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Batwoman and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Brandon Routh will be appearing as the Kingdom Come version of Superman, Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent/Superman, Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, Burt Ward (the original live-action Robin) will have an undisclosed role, Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor and LaMonica Garrett pulling double duty as The Monitor (introduced in last years Elseworlds) and The Anti-Monitor (big bad for Crisis On Infinite Earths).
Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover will begin with Supergirl (8th December 2019), then Batwoman (9th December 2019) and The Flash (10th December), then return in the new year to conclude on Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (14th January 2020).