The Arrowverse will be getting a soft retcon somewhat from the shared universe master builder, Marc Guggenheim.
DC fans and avid comic book devotees of genre television are aware of the most recent anticipated event on TV. For those who might not be aware of the 5-night crossover event, Crisis on Infinite Earths, this year’s event from the Arrowverse, the crossover begins tonight on The CW with Supergirl. Much like the DC Comics storyline The CW adapted from, the crossover will allow for some retcons within the Arrowverse.
As reported by Rolling Stone, Arrowverse lead Marc Guggenheim planned the crossover based on the mid-80s comic limited series created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez for the “cool factor” so to speak, rather than doing an incredible overhaul of continuity changes the comic publisher had to make back then. “We want to do it because it’s cool,“ Guggenheim said.
Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic series published by DC between 1985 and 1986. As the title suggests, the plot involved more than just a few key players and a major catastrophic event between many different alternate universes.
Some of the main players that are involved in the TV adaptation are the Monitor, the Anti-Monitor, Pariah and Harbinger. The comic series is notable not only for multiple Supermen and doppelgangers of DC characters but key moments with the Flash and Supergirl.
Unlike Marvel Comics, DC does not often reboot their line of titles for continuity. The last time DC did such an act was 2011’s The New 52 initiative, aside from their current DC Rebirth line, which only shifted the status quo. Crisis on Infinite Earths has been foreshadowed since theThe Flash first aired its initial season. Guggenheim proposed that Crisis was best left for DC Films territory. Since last year’s Elseworlds crossover, superstar producer Greg Berlanti assured Guggenheim it was ripe for the picking.
Crisis on Infinite Earths will air tonight at 8.00 p.m. ET on Supergirl then continue on Batwoman tomorrow on Monday, Dec. 9 at 8.00 p.m. ET, then follow with The Flash on Tuesday Dec. 10 at 8.00 p.m. ET before it goes on hiatus for winter. It will then resume on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow on January 14, 2020.