The CW has been accelerating its DC universe at a steady pace since it expanded from just the Arrow to include The Flash in 2014. But this fall, the network put the pedal to the metal when it ended its Elseworlds crossover by announcing the next crossover. Crisis on Infinite Earths, a truly legendary story in the DC universe, is coming to television next fall. We don’t know much about it, and the CW is going to want to keep it that way for a while, but CW boss Mark Pedowitz gave us a couple morsels as sustenance during the Television Critics Association winter event this week.

The crossover will still air in late fall, and it’s been hinted that the preceding episodes will lay the groundwork for it. And that’s because this stuff is complex. Pedowitz has previewed the upcoming crossover plans and says it will be the “biggest and most complicated” one the Arrowverse shows have attempted so far.

After last year’s Crisis on Earth-X, which involved Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow, it’s hard to imagine something more complex. Elseworlds was complex, but it was less about complexity and more about ambition – delivering on the idea of a multiverse with re-writeable realities that exist as more than a reason to let Supergirl and the Flash visit each other for ice cream socials.

Speaking to reporters after the event, Pedowitz added that it’s likely the crossover will feature a character death that THR says “may be a remix of its comic-book source material.”

Crisis on Earth-X was punctuated by the death of Martin Stein, the elder half of Firestorm, but Pedowitz seems to be implying that the death will be a bigger one, which lines up with some of the events from Elseworlds, including Oliver Queen’s off-screen conversation with the timeless being known as the Monitor.

With at least nine months to go, we’re going to be snatching up every hint that people like Pedowitz and executive producer Greg Berlanti leave us.


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