Crisis On Infinite Earths: Every Earth in the Arrowverse Multiverse

The CW wrapped its most ambitious crossover yet with the five-part Crisis On Infinite Earths. The special is an adaptation of the comic book event of the same name released in 1985. Crisis On Infinite Earths was a big deal in the comics, so fans knew it being the crossover event meant for big changes on television. The concept of the multiverse had already been introduced in the CW Arrowverse shows starting with The Flash in its second season, and has been used to allow the shows to crossover with Supergirl, which originated on CBS so the different worlds were explained via multiverse theory. Since then Black Lightning exists in a separate universe apart from the main CW shows, and The Flash has used the multiverse to explore other Earths.

Yet Crisis On Infinite Earths‘ ambitious nature meant that they were going to use the multiverse theory to bring together many different incarnations of the DC Universe, across multiple different television and film formats from the over 50 years of adaptation. With clever editing, recycled footage, and key cameos, Crisis On Infinite Earths established many different adaptations as existing alongside each other. This made Crisis On Infinite Earths a giant love letter to DC Comics history, most specifically its adaptation history. It embraced the idea that no matter what corner of the DC Universe you liked, no matter how small, it all counted. Shows and movies as far back as the 1970s get paid off and matter in this. As long as you’ve been a fan of DC, you will be rewarded by watching this special.

So many different Earths (i.e franchises) were shown throughout the Crisis. Here is handy breakdown of all the Earths seen Pre- and Post-Crisis.

[SPOILER ALERT FOR CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS]

Earth-Prime (Arrowverse)

Earth Prime was created when Oliver Queen, now the Spectre, sacrificed himself battling the Anti-Monitor and the remaining Paragons used the Book of Destiny to recreate the multiverse. Oliver Queen’s sacrifice ensured the multiverse would live on, and our heroes’ lives would be changed forever.

Earth-Prime is the defacto setting going forward for all the Arrowverse shows, as there doesn’t seem to be a good reason for these shows to exist separate from each other. It is a combination of three different Earths.

  • Earth 1 (home of Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman)
  • Earth 38 (Supergirl)
  • Earth L (Black Lightning)

The CW shows now all take place in the same universe, with the explanation being that Martian Manhunter restored the heroes’ memories post-crisis but the rest of the population does not know the universe has changed.

The episode ended with the tease of Earth Prime’s Justice League which consists of the Flash, Supergirl, Batwoman, White Canary, Black Lightning, Superman, and Martian Manhunter, with a giant memorial set up for Oliver Queen/the Green Arrow.

Earth 2 (Stargirl)

Earth 2 was originally introduced in the second season of The Flash as the first parallel Earth that Zoom came from. Numerous other characters originated there including a version of Harrison Wells and his daughter, Jessie Quick, and so did the Black Siren version of Laurel Lance. This Earth was the first Earth destroyed in the Crisis, as Oliver witnessed the version of his family on this Earth die.

Earth 2 was restored but also altered after the Crisis. It has now been reworked to fit more in-line with the comics, where it is the home of the Justice Society characters and will be the main setting for the upcoming DC Universe series Stargirl, which will air on the CW a day after dropping on the DC Universe app. The crisis ended with our first look at the title hero along with her team consisting of Stripe, Wildcat, and Doctor Midnight.

Earth 3 (Jay Garrick)

Earth 3 in the comics is normally the home of the evil incarnations of the Justice League. Yet that seems to be filled by the Pre-Crisis Earth 2 (with evil speedster and evil incarnations of Firestorm and Killer Frost). Earth 3 features Jay Garrick as its protector and has a very 1930’s/40’s aesthetic akin to the Golden Age of comics.

Barry had visited this Earth a few times before, and while it was destroyed in the Crisis it most likely returned like many others.

Earth 9 (Titans)

Earth 9 is home to the characters on the DC streaming service show Titans, which has characters including Dick Grayson, Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven, Wondergirl, Hawk, Dove, and Jason Todd Robin.

This Earth was destroyed at the beginning of the Crisis but was later restored Post-Crisis, indicating that many of the Earths that were destroyed were brought back.

Earth X (Freedom Fighters VS The Nazis)

Earth X played a major role in the 2017 crossover event, Crisis on Earth X. It featured the various characters of the Arrowverse coming together during the wedding of Barry Allen and Iris West to fight a Nazi Invasion from another Earth, including Nazi incarnations of Oliver Queen and Supergirl with Eboard Thawn aka the Reverse-Flash helping them. The heroes of this Earth were a group of Freedom Fighters led by The Ray and assisted by Citizen Cold, a good version of Captain Cold from Earth 1.

The battle still waged on before the universe was destroyed at the beginning of the Crisis. One has to hope in the recreation of the Universe that Oliver/the Spectre somehow found a way to purge the Nazis from this one.

Earth 12 (Green Lantern)

Before they created the Arrowverse, Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim’s first foray into the worlds of DC wasn’t the most successful. Both are credited screenwriters on Green Lantern.

Many fans have wondered if the Green Lantern of the films was intended to take place in the Arrowverse, given that they share the same creators and numerous references have been made to Green Lantern over the course of the series (Coast City, a missing fighter pilot, Ferris Aircraft) but nothing has ever been confirmed. Ryan Reynolds has sure had a fun time poking fun at Green Lantern in both Deadpool and Deadpool 2, but so far the films and television have ignored this incarnation.

But Crisis on Infinite Earths was a celebration of DC’s history, both good and bad, so it was appropriate that the 2011 Green Lantern movie get a shout out here. Many fans and sites reported this was supposed to be a tie into the upcoming Green Lantern streaming show for HBO Max, but that seems unlikely since the footage is recycled from the 2011 Green Lantern film, which most likely won’t be connected to that series. This was a nice little reference to show just how far Berlanti and Guggenheim have come in adapting the DC Universe.

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