Make It So: The DC Cinematic Multiverse by Jerry Whitworth
With the announcement of Batman ’89 and Superman ’78 from DC Comics following in the footsteps of series such as Batman ’66, Wonder Woman ’77, Smallville: Season 11, and assorted Arrowverse comics, the stage is set to tell a comic book story in the DC cinematic multiverse. A lot of the groundwork for this kind of series has already been established in the Arrowverse thanks in no small part to its Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event. Therein, the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline was adapted in a toned down version featuring characters from the 1990 Flash television series, Smallville, and the DC Extended Universe, to name a few, as several Earths were merged into one and cutoff from the rest of the greater multiverse. Lets take a look at what a DC cinematic multiverse comic book series could entail.
What Won’t Be in Crisis on Infinite Earths by Jerry Whitworth
With the Arrowverse’s upcoming “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” the most ambitious crossover in television history continues to grow by leaps and bounds every day. The Arrowverse, which already touts Arrow, Flash (including the 1990 series), Constantine, Vixen, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Freedom Fighters: The Ray, Black Lightning, Batwoman (which has hinted at being part of the Dark Knight film series), and Deathstroke as series making up its multiverse, will allegedly be adding Batman (which includes Legends of the Superheroes and the Batman ’66 series of comics), Wonder Woman (which has been connected to Batman in the comics), DC Animated Universe, Smallville, Birds of Prey (which has hinted at being part of Tim Burton’s Batman films), Superman Returns (which is considered a spiritual successor to the Richard Donner Superman films), Lucifer, and Titans (which has its own spin-off in Doom Patrol) to the mix. As an aside, if this seems difficult to keep up with, search “Tommy Westphall Universe” or “St. Elsewhere Universe,” which many of these shows are already linked up into, to really make your brain spin. That’s over five decades worth of DC Comics’ adaptations rolled into five hours of television aired across a span of two months. At this point, there may only be a handful of adaptations that won’t be mixed up into the event. Before we take a look at what likely won’t be included and why, it should be noted while the crossover appears to in some manner be incorporating the DC Animated Universe, we won’t include animated series (though, as noted, several animated shows are part of the Arrowverse already). If you wanted to learn more about DC’s animated products prior to the DCAU, check this out. Now, onto what won’t be part of Crisis on Infinite Earths!