Everything We Know About ‘Crisis on Infinite Earth’

As Elseworlds came to a close, fans were given a glimpse of what’s to come for DC’s heroes. The 2019 crossover event, Crisis on Infinite Earths, was announced at the close of Supergirl‘s Elseworlds episode on December 11.

Crisis on Infinite Earths should be to DC’s series heroes what Avengers: Infinity War was to the heroes of Marvel movies. The implications will be far-reaching, possibly even putting DC’s top-ranking series in jeopardy. Here’s everything we know about Crisis on Infinite Earths so far.

Which DC series will be involved in ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’?

In Supergirl’s episode of Elseworlds, we find Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), and Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) in trouble as Dr. John Deegan has manipulated reality to become an evil version of Superman (Tyler Hoechlin). The heroes win this battle, but don’t have time to celebrate, because Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) calls Oliver to inform him that Dr. Deegan has gotten friendly with another patient at Arkham Asylum.

We find out that the friend is Psycho-Pirate (Bob Frazer), who gives quite an ominous speech just before the Crisis on Infinite Earths title card flashes on the screen, saying “Don’t worry, Doctor. Everything is as it should be. The stage is set. Worlds will live. Worlds will die. And the universe will never be the same,” which also happens to be the tagline for the Crisis on Infinite Earths‘ 1985 storyline.

From this announcement of the crossover, we can deduce that we should see The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl in the crossover event. The crossover may also serve as a launching point for the already announced Batwoman.

‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ will introduce The Anti-Monitor

The Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline, written by Marv Wolfman, ran from 1985 to 1986 and was introduced to fix continuity errors caused when different comics used different versions of the same heroes, which had previously been explained by alternate realities and parallel universes. The storyline created a timeline where alternate realities were wiped from existence, creating one universe where all heroes co-existed.

In the storyline, we learn that an omniscient being called The Monitor has been watching over the multiverse for billions of years. The Monitor has been building an army of heroes and villains to protect the multiverse from The Anti-Monitor, an antimatter version of The Monitor who is intent on destroying all life.

Will ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ be the end of ‘The Flash’?

Grant Gustin wears his Flash costume in front of a blue map of the world in The Flash Season 3 finale

Grant Gustin on The Flash Season 3 | The CW

Crisis on Infinite Earths had a body count that rivals Thanos’ snap in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. Among the heroes to perish in the 1985 storyline was Barry Allen.

Barry Allen/The Flash perished while he was sabotaging The Anti-Monitor’s antimatter cannon. The Flash’s demise has been hinted at since the pilot episode of The Flash, in which we see a newspaper from 2024 with a headline that says, “Flash vanishes, Missing in Crisis.” The article’s mentions of a crisis and red skies are direct references to the 1985 Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Grant Gustin recently told Comicbook.com, however, that The Flash plans to play out that storyline in a 2024 crossover so that the timeline matches the date of the newspaper. Since the series still has to run for about five years to make that happen, it would seem that The Flash is safe until then.

A time jump could technically find the Scarlet Speedster in the year 2024 without making a liar of Gustin, however.

When will ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ air?

Fans can view Crisis on Infinite Earths when it airs on the CW network in the fall of 2019.