Throughout this fall and next spring, the entire Arrowverse will swirl around the nexus point of the upcoming ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ crossover. While previous crossovers were more like fun vacations from ongoing storylines, the Crisis isn’t a fun distraction; it’s the main event. It’s impossible to miss in the latest trailer for the upcoming sixth season of The Flash.
The trailer has a somber tone that matches the gravity of what these characters will be dealing with. It seems that Barry uses his ability to travel through time to visit the post-Crisis future, and things aren’t looking good. Barry is contemplating his future and the future of the world, struggling with his inevitable role in the event.
The world around him, meanwhile, continues to forge ahead. There’s a new Harry Wells because there’s always a new Harry Wells. This one has a cool robot glove and a bad attitude. There’s also the new villain, Bloodwork. You might remember Sendhil Ramamurthy from his work on Heroes. Here he’s playing a villain who can control and manipulate blood, which isn’t gross at all.
All the main cast members are still there for the trailer, though the Crisis has us wondering about the fates of anyone who doesn’t have a show named after them. Brandon Routh is stepping away from Legends of Tomorrow, and with Arrow coming to an end with its short eighth season, anyone on that cast who hasn’t appeared in the 2040 flash-forward sequences is potentially on the chopping block.
This fall is full of big events. The Flash premieres on the CW on Tuesday, October 8. Crisis on Infinite Earths, meanwhile, begins on December 8. There are all kinds of guest stars, from Brandon Routh playing both Ray Palmer and Superman, to Burt Ward, and even Ashley Scott from the WB’s Birds of Prey show from the early 2000s. The Crisis event is going to be huge, and we can’t wait for it.