The Arrowverse Crossover Will Be So Big, We’re Getting an Aftershow

What started out with just Arrow, The CW’s DC superhero shows have grown to so much more. Arrow is finishing its television run this year with its ninth season, and the Arrowverse now consists of Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and newcomer Batwoman. Black Lightning is also part of the superhero lineup, although not explicitly within the “Arrowverse.” 

Now, the annual crossover is going to be the biggest ever with all five shows taking part, with characters from Black Lightning coming on too. “Crisis on Infinite Earths” is expected to change a lot in the Arrowverse. In order to keep you on track and also give some commentary on the episodes, an aftershow was added for the first time and none other than Kevin Smith is hosting. 

Kevin Smith speaking at a recording for his podcast.
Kevin Smith at the ‘Jay and Silent Bob Get Old’ podcast recording in 2017 | Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images

Kevin Smith has a long history with the Arrowverse and is the best person for the job

The official Arrow Instagram posted on Nov. 9 that the crossover this year is so big, that they’re giving it its own aftershow. Crisis Aftermath will air in two parts, so not after every episode. The first will debut on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST, after Supergirl’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” episode. The second aftershow episode will premiere Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST, after The Flash premieres. 

The post’s caption said, “#CrisisOnInfiniteEarths is coming, and so is the aftershow! Crisis Aftermath, hosted by @thatkevinsmith, will go in-depth to explore every angle of this year’s 5-episode crossover!” Smith wrote on his Twitter, “We’re gonna dive deep into one of the greatest crossover events in television history! @TheCW calls and I answer 12/8 and 12/10!” So expect some great revelations and tidbits from Smith. Maybe some stars of the show will show up too.

Smith is a well-known director who has a nerdy side. He directed several episodes of Supergirl and The Flash and has a strong relationship with some CW Arrowverse actors. 

The long schedule for the crossover has been announced

Arrowverse crossovers, of course, started off with just Arrow and The Flash but soon added Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. Now the event will span over five nights thanks to Batwoman. The crossover schedule is below, according to TV Line, and make sure to note them because Supergirl, Batwoman, and Arrow are on special days or times. 

Supergirl: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST 

Batwoman: Monday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST

The Flash: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST

Arrow: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST

It’s odd that the final two installments are in the new year, but it does coincide with DC TV’s typical schedule, with the winter hiatus. 

What is “Crisis on Infinite Earths” about?

If you watched last year’s crossover, “Elseworlds,” you know that this year’s crossover was already announced as a continuation of that, which hasn’t been done on the CW shows before. The Monitor was shown last year, and he’s coming back to fight against the Anti-Monitor, his evil counterpart. The multiverse of Earths are in trouble and the heroes are also facing this great threat. It’s already been foreshadowed that Barry Allen goes missing along with Atom and Kara Danvers. 

Anything on this crossover, so it’s a good thing someone like Smith will be there to walk fans through it all.