No matter how many story arcs we see adapted in live action movies and tv shows, there’s a select few that are considered unfilmable. There’s too much going on that bringing these stories to life in live action form seem almost impossible. For the longest time DC’s Crisis on Infinite Earths was top of that list. Written by Marv Wolfman, Crisis on Infinite Earths brought an end to DC’s multiverse with The Anti-Monitor destroying countless universes. Infinite versions of our favourite characters perished as their universes were erased and it was used to simplify DC’s continuity and leave us with just one universe. Despite all of this, The CW defied the odds and managed to create a wonderful adaptation of what was previously thought of as undoable and left me feeling really satisfied with what I saw. Now before I get into it, I best issue a SPOILER ALERT so if you haven’t watched the show yet and don’t want it to be spoiled, quit reading now!!!
I absolutely loved all of the little cameos we saw throughout the five episode crossover. We got to see Burt Ward’s Robin from the ’66 Batman TV show, John Wesley Shipp’s Barry Allen Flash from the 1990 TV show, Ashley Scott’s Huntress from the short lived Birds of Prey TV show and Tom Ellis’s Lucifer Morningstar from the Lucifer TV show. We even got a brief cameo from Marv Wolfman, the man who wrote the original story. Now there were many many more cameos, but below are my 3 favourite ones.
Kevin Conroy as Batman:
One of the best moments of the entire crossover was finally seeing Kevin Conroy making his live action debut as Batman. After being without a doubt the defining voice of Batman in the animated form, it felt only right to see Conroy portray the character in live action at least once. Now, I wasn’t a fan of the direction they went in with the Batman they had Conroy take on, but it was still nice to see him get his chance to be Bruce Wayne.
Tom Welling as Clark Kent:
Smallville is my favourite tv show of all time. It’s what helped me fall in love with the Superman character and is the main reason he is my favourite superhero of all time. Seeing Tom Welling and Erica Durance reprise their roles as Clark and Lois respectively from the show was such a satisfying moment for me and seeing how they were happily married and had children felt right. My only negatives about this is how short the appearance was and learning Clark had given up his powers, meaning his time as Superman wasn’t very long at all.
Ezra Miller as The Flash:
Without a shadow of a doubt the most shocking moment of the entire crossover was the appearance of Ezra Miller as The Flash. Known for playing the character in the DCEU live action movies, I don’t think a single one of us watching the show last night expected Ezra to be involved. It was such a satisfying moment seeing the two most famous versions of Barry Allen come face to face and the actors chemistry together was obvious to see. I still can’t believe they managed to keep this secret quiet, genuine surprises don’t come around often anymore so this was a very satisfying moment.
Another major highlight of the crossover was how they integrated Black Lightning into the Arrowverse and he instantly felt like he belonged and with the end of the arc merging his Earth with the rest of the Arrowverse heroes, I look forward to seeing him in more crossovers going forward.
My only big negatives were:
How underutilized Superman was throughout the event:
Brandon Routh did a fantastic job as Kingdom Come Superman and to see him killed off so early on was a major disappointment and how little Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman had to do was a huge let down and my only hope is that with the upcoming Superman and Lois show, his importance within the Arrowverse and during these crossovers grows exponentially. It just doesn’t sit right with me seeing him take a back seat and taking orders from Supergirl, Green Arrow and White Canary. Superman has historically been the leader of the Justice League and hopefully we see that version of the character going forward.
Green Arrow’s sacrifice and lack of goodbye with John and Felicity:
While Green Arrow’s sacrifice and death was an emotional one and the emotions Barry and Sara showed whilst by his side during his final moments felt genuine, it didn’t feel right that John Diggle and Felicity Smoak, Oliver Queen’s closest allies since the very beginning of the Arrowverse were absent. After embarking on this journey with Oliver from the start, eight seasons ago, John and Felicity should have been there for the end of Oliver’s journey and even though we saw John’s reaction to the loss later on, we never got to see Felicity even finding out about Oliver’s passing. As his wife, Felicity should have definitely been included in Oliver’s emotional and final moments.
With the crossover concluding with Barry setting up the Halls of Justice, the future of the Arrowverse looks exciting and fresh and I can’t wait to see what direction they go in. Finally, goodbye Oliver Queen and thank you for making this crossover possible. If it wasn’t for how successful Arrow was we wouldn’t have the Arrowverse as it is today and would have missed out on many incredible characters and moments throughout the last 8 years so again, thank you Oliver Queen.