Crisis On Infinite Earths: Every Earth in the Arrowverse Multiverse

Earth 16 (Future Star City)

This Earth was first seen as a hypothetical future of the DC Universe in the first season during Legends of Tomorrow, but in Crisis it is revealed as an alternate reality. This features an old man Oliver Queen (inspired by the Dark Knight Returns version of the character) in a more rundown version of Star City with him as one of the few remaining heroes. In this reality, Sara Lance did not survive the boat wreck.

 

Earth 18 (Old West)

This Earth appears to be stuck in the Old West and features Jonah Hex, who lacks the facial scars of his Earth 1 counterpart. It is on this Earth that Constantine, Sara Lance, and Mia Smoak went to resurrect Oliver Queen.

Earth 19 (Swamp Thing)

Before the Crisis, Earth 19 was the home to the superhero/cop Gypsy and seemed to be filled with people who could jump between multiverses at ease. They were even in charge of maintaining the multiverse and capturing those that jumped from other Earths. Yet Post-Crisis the Earth was remade.

Post-Crisis, Earth 19 is the designated home of the recently canceled Swamp Thing, from the DC Universe app. A shame it was canceled so quickly despite the strong critical reception. One only hopes this isn’t the last time we see Darek Mears as Swamp Thing.

Earth 21 (Doom Patrol)

Earth 21 is home to the characters of the DC Universe streaming service’s Doom Patrol. This sort of clears up an issue many fans have wondered. Originally introduced in Titans, the Doom Patrol of that series, while played by the same actors (except for the Chief), were characterized very differently than on their own show. It appears that Earth 9 and Earth 21 have versions of the Doom Patrol that look like each other (hence the same actors) but different personalities and backstories. That means the wild bunch of misfits we’ve been following on the DC Universe series has been the ones from Earth 21.

Earth 66 (Adam West Batman)

The 1960’s incarnation of the caped crusader has left a lasting impression over pop culture for years, and it cannot be overstated. Years after the Adventures of Superman left the airwaves, Batman burst onto television screens in the 60’s and became a cultural phenomenon. It helped save the Batman brand, as the comic was about to be canceled. Many fans owe a great debt to the show. It wouldn’t be right to do a massive television crossover that spanned years of television history to leave the 60’s show out. It had to be here.

The late great Adam West passed away in 2017, so while he wasn’t able to join the crossover (which you know he totally would have and it would’ve been great) audiences still get to see Burt Ward walking a dog (Ace the Bathound) in a Gotham that looks very similar to the style of the 60’s television series. Burt Ward’s character, an older Robin, looks up at the skies and utters his key catchphrase “Holy Crimson Skies of Death,” letting the audience know this is Robin the Boy Wonder.

Earth 74 (Backup Legends of Tomorrow)

This Earth is mainly a throwaway Earth as a way to get Mick from Legends of Tomorrow into the crossover, without having to include the main universe incarnation of the character. The team also needs a mobile base after Earth 38, was destroyed so the Waverider makes for a good central hub for the heroes.

This incarnation of the Legends appears to have disbanded after one of their own died on a mission. A funny joke in this universe is that the Legends are retired but Mick still stays aboard the Waverider, that has an A.I with the voice of Leonard Snart aka Captain Cold, with Wentworth Miller reprising his role.

Earth 75 (Death of Superman)

Not much is known about this Earth, except it features a Superman who died in battle against the Earth-38 incarnation of Lex Luthor. The scene features the classic Superman death pose from the Death of Superman comic, which just so happened to be issue #75.

Earth 76 (Lynda Carter Wonder Woman)

While not shown on screen during the Crisis, this Earth was briefly teased in the tie-in comic Crisis on Infinite Earth Giant #1.

What is shocking about the lack of onscreen appearance is that Lynda Carter has already appeared on Supergirl, so one has to wonder why/how they couldn’t pull off a simple cameo by Wonder Woman. With the presence of three different Supermen and multiple Batman Earths getting shown, it feels weird not to have the final member of the trinity involved in any capacity of Crisis.

Earth 89 (Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher Batman)

The first Earth seen in the crossover is one familiar to audiences. It is an establishing shot of the 1989 Tim Burton Batman, with the Anton Fust Gotham architecture and the Danny Elfman theme playing underneath it to signify to the audience that yes, it is THAT Batman and this crossover means business by making this the first to go.

Robert Wuhl reprises his role as Alexander Knox reading a newspaper that shows a new Joker has risen in this Gotham and Batman has captured him. Knox looks up at the red skies and says he hopes Batman is watching, with the Bat-signal in the background.

This makes Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman and Robin all part of the Arrowverse now in a pretty cool way.

Earth 90 (90’s Flash Show)

Part of what made the DC Arrowverse shows so great in the beginning, and what runs through Crisis on Infinite Earths, is the idea of paying respect to the long legacy of DC adaptation. John Wesley Shipp played Barry Allen on the short-lived Flash television series from the 1990s. It made a certain amount of sense to cast him as the Flash’s father, Henry Allen, in the 2014 CW show. A passing of the mantle from one Flash to the other. Yet when the character was killed off that didn’t mean the actor was done. In the ultimate meta-commentary move, they cast Shipp as the original Golden Age Flash named Jay Garrick who hails from Earth 3. The show creators acknowledged he was the first Flash by making him THE comics first Flash.

Yet that didn’t mean he was done playing Barry Allen. The implication that the 90’s Flash was part of the DC Multiverse was teased back in the second season of the CW show, when Barry traveled to Earth 2 and it showed footage from the 90’s series as part of the multiverse. The previous CW crossover event, Elseworlds, started with Barry Allen of Earth 90’s failure to save his world from the Monitor. He traveled to Earth 1 (where Barry pointed out how he looked like his dad and Jay Garrick). Earth 90’s Barry Allen vanished in the crossover, and many assumed he died. Yet there were bigger plans for him.

It was revealed during Crisis on Infinite Earth that he was captured by the Anti-Monitor and used to power the anti-matter cannon to destroy the multiverse. All throughout the latest season of The Flash, it was hinted that Barry Allen would die saving the multiverse. Yet with two Barry Allen’s in the room, it was shown that the original Flash would die. He ultimately sacrifices himself to destroy the Anti-Monitor’s cannon (just like how in the original Crisis on Infinite Universe comic, Barry Allen’s Flash died destroying the cannon). As he died they cut back to original footage from the 90’s Flash show with Barry and Tina McGee. With Earth 90’s Flash’s sacrifice, it closed a chapter on a story that started thirty years ago.

Earth 96 (Christopher Reeves Superman/Superman Returns/Kingdom Come)

Okay, so this is a lot to unpack. When it was first announced that Brandon Routh would be returning as Superman in Crisis on Infinite Earths and it would be the Kingdom Come version, it was assumed it would just be another Superman that happened to look like Brandon Routh, but not the one from the films. Yet it was later revealed that this Superman was the same one from Superman Returns, as his dialogue also indicates when he says the baby of Superman and Lois Lane from Earth 38 reminds him of his son Jason (who was his son in Superman Returns).

But there is more. The Superman in Superman Returns is supposed to be the same Superman from the Christopher Reeve Superman films, specifically Superman: the Movie and Superman II with the other two films retconned (yet this crossover at least restores Superman 3 to the timeline since he references fighting himself, a direct callback to that film). Meaning that this Superman we meet is supposed to be the same Superman as Christopher Reeves. Given that, the indication that Lois Lane (Margot Kidder/Kate Bosworth) died at the hands of the Joker is a very bleak ending for that incarnation of the character. One can only hope when the multiverse was restored that Lois Lane came back with it.

This Superman plays a major role in the Crisis as one of the seven paragons. This Superman, THE Superman from the 1970’s films, is the Paragon of Truth. A Superman who has endured more than any mortal could, and still remains good. It shows the sheer power of that legacy of that version of Superman, that he had to play a role in the major crossover.

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