Arrowverse ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ is Returning for an Encore on The CW

Each year, the Arrowverse delivers a grand crossover event between the related superhero shows on The CW. Keeping with the tradition, the 2019-2020 season brought viewers Crisis on Infinite Earths, a larger-than-life spectacle that changed everything. Now, fans will have the opportunity to relive every epic moment because the Arrowverse’s Crisis on Infinite Earths is returning for an encore.

Superman joins The Flash in Crisis on Infinite Earths
(L-R): Grant Gustin, Tom Cavanagh, Hartley Sawyer and Brandon Routh as Superman | Katie Yu/The CW

Why is ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ so significant?

For many years, fans eagerly anticipated Crisis on Infinite Earths. First of all, the story is based on a DC Comics series of the same name, which debuted in 1985. What’s more, the events of the Crisis on Infinite Earths television adaptation were foreshadowed in The Flash Season 1 Episode 1, more than five years before Crisis on Infinite Earths premiered on The CW.

Following suit with previous crossovers, heroes across the multiverse united against a common threat, but Crisis on Infinite Earths was particularly significant in many ways. It was Batwoman’s first team up as the freshman Arrowverse show, and Arrow’s final collaboration because the series has ended.

Another area of importance is a potentially expanded roster of heroes, despite Arrow’s conclusion. It was the first time that the Black Lightning narrative was integrated into the Arrowverse, and due to the outcome, the show could become incorporated into the shared TV universe moving forward.

Before Crisis on Infinite Earths, the heroes were scattered across different realities, but the consequences of this crossover changed things. The events resulted in a newly rebooted universe in which all of the heroes exist in a single reality.

When will Arrowverse ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ air?

Crisis on Infinite Earths is a five-part special event that originally premiered on The CW in December of 2019 and concluded in January of 2020. The Arrowverrse crossover included episodes of  Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Batwoman.

The CW will re-broadcast the crossover in its entirety in April. Parts 1 and 2 will air back-to-back on Tuesday, April 7 at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Part 3 will air on Wednesday, April 8 at 8 p.m. It will conclude with Parts 4 and 5 on Thursday, April 9 at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Why is The CW re-airing the crossover?

The CW has replaced all-new episodes for every Arrowverse series with encores for the time being as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The outbreak has paralyzed many industries, including entertainment. With thousands of workers practicing social distancing based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, there has been an overall delay in production and postproduction.

All Arrowverse series have suspended production as a means of reducing the risk of spreading the highly contagious bug. Many other studios have made the same choice to stop filming, but even in cases where episodes have already been completely recorded, studios may not have enough staff on hand to complete post-production. Consequently, new episode premiere dates have been postponed.

Is ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ available for streaming?

Fans who would like to stream Crisis on Infinite Earths are in luck. Cwtv.com currently has Parts 2 and 4 posted, with the other three parts scheduled to post in the days following the re-broadcast scheduled in April. In addition, the after-shows, Crisis Aftermath I and Crisis Aftermath II, are currently streaming for a limited time.

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