1 Part of The Arrowverse Crossover Can’t Play in the UK For This Odd Reason

The CW’s impressive lineup of superhero television is truly a work of art in the world of heroes, and it’s displayed wonderfully during the annual crossover events. The channel’s DC storylines started with Arrow back in 2012, and since then, they’ve added several other shows, including The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of TomorrowBlack Lightning premiered in 2018 and wasn’t directly connected to the Arrowverse just yet, but exists within it on a different earth. 

This year saw the inclusion of the newest hero and show, Batwoman. It focuses on Kate Kane taking on a similar vigilante persona her cousin Bruce Wayne had in Gotham. But unfortunately for British fans of the show, because no network in the UK owns the rights to play Batwoman, her episode in the crossover will be missing overseas. 

Ruby Rose speaks at the Build Series about 'Batwoman.'
Ruby Rose speaks at the Build Series about ‘Batwoman’ | Dominik Bindl/Getty Images

The UK can’t air the ‘Batwoman’ episode of the Arrowverse crossover

According to RadioTimes, even the popular Sky network in the UK isn’t allowed to play episodes of Batwoman. “Sky do not own the rights to broadcast Batwoman, so at present time there are no plans for it to air on Sky One,” a representative for the company said on Dec. 5.

But don’t worry if you live in the UK or will be there during the crossover. The other four parts will play per usual. “We will, however, be showing the current seasons of Supergirl, The FlashArrow (and in 2020, Legends of Tomorrow) in full, including all crossover episodes for those series.”

What’s the schedule for ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’?

There is a pretty big gap for everyone watching the crossover this year, which is new for audiences. The first part starts with Supergirl’s episode on Sunday, Dec. 8. Then the Batwoman episode is part two, on Monday, Dec. 9, a different day than the show usually airs. The Flash has it’s part on Tuesday, Dec. 10. 

The crossover then leaves fans until 2020, probably with a cliffhanger of some sort. It is the Arrowverse, after all. It returns with Arrow on Tuesday, Jan. 14, and finishes out the event with Legends of Tomorrow the same night. 

Even though they only get four episodes, they might not miss a ton

Considering Batwoman will be the second part, there’s probably won’t be too many big reveals in that second hour of the crossover. Of course, it’s already meant to be jam-packed, with so many cameos set to happen. But rest assured, with the recap of The Flash and its early slot, those in the UK won’t feel too left out. 

This crossover is the biggest yet, and will continue the story left off from last year’s crossover, “Elseworlds.” The Monitor appeared last time with his massive book and omnipotent knowledge. As Gizmodo notes, the title of this crossover comes straight out of the comics. Oliver Queen, aka Arrow, made a deal last year to sacrifice himself this time around, and his season has been leading up to this showdown. The Anti-Monitor threatens the existence of the multiple universes in the superheroes’ world, and it’s all crumbling down now. 

Even though part of the crossover won’t air in the UK, every single episode in the crossover will be epic. And as a whole, this crossover is set to change the Arrowverse as we know it.