If you thought the Marvel Cinematic Universe had the most ambitious crossover with this year’s Avengers: Endgame, think again. This December, the CW and its family of DC shows will stage an honest-to-goodness adaptation of the 1985 DC event storyline, Crisis on Infinite Earths. Some two dozen characters are confirmed to appear, including legends like Burt Ward’s Robin (from 1966’s Batman), Kevin Conroy’s Batman (from 1993’s Emmy-winning Batman: The Animated Series), and Brandon Routh’s Superman (from the 2006 film Superman Returns).
The crossover special, in which DC superheroes unite in the face of annihilation and the end of their multiverse, will air over episodes of Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Batwoman, which premieres October 6.
But with its premiere still months away, the internet is ceaseless with rumors regarding even more superheroes that may or may not appear. In fact, in the middle of writing this article, a popular rumor that the Titans would appear was debunked. That just goes to show how these rumors live and die quicker than The Flash. (Which is funny because we’re talking about Crisis on Infinite Earths. Sorry, can’t help it.)
Here are all the rumored DC heroes that no official Warner Bros. entity has confirmed for now.
Kicking this off with a bang, We Got This Covered is claiming to report from its own sources that several versions of the Justice League — the outlet names three (3) — will appear in the special. Because of the multiverse premise, there can be multiple versions of the Justice League at one time.
Writes We Got This Covered, “As the Arrowverse heroes travel to different Earths, it’s said that they’ll meet different versions of the JLA [Justice League of America] from across the multiverse.”
What this means is that if the rumor is true, the Justice League(s) that will appear will not necessarily be the heroes from the DC cinematic universe who featured in the 2017 film. It is likely the Arrowverse will show off Justice Leagues from other Earths that fans may or may not already know about.
If the CW does try to be cute and enter the DCEU, you can guarantee none of the actors will actually appear in clear view. Hello, backsides.
Supergirl (Helen Slater)
Helen Slater, who portrayed Supergirl in the cult classic 1984 Supergirl film, has already made a handful of appearances on The CW’s Supergirl television series as Kara Danvers’ foster mother. But executive producer Marc Guggenheim told Slashfilm at the Television Critics’ Association that one of his goals (and challenges) is figuring out where Slater’s Supergirl could fit in the story.
He told Slashfilm:
“Everything is possible. I happen to love the Supergirl movie and I remember the first time I saw it. I would love for her to reprise her role. We’re feeling out a lot of our various parameters in terms of what can we afford and what do we have story for? Can this be a cameo? Can this be a full on story? It’s just this ongoing conversation. we started the crossover earlier than we ever have precisely so we could have these conversation.”
Sing it with me now: “Somebody saaaave me!”
It is debatable the Arrowverse wouldn’t exist without the popularity of Smallville, the young adult drama about Clark Kent’s life before he became Superman which ran for ten seasons on The WB/CW. Guggenheim again told reporters at the TCAs in August that featuring Smallville in the crossover is another possibility that’s been discussed internally.
He told Fandom reporter Eric Goldman (shared via Twitter):
“It’s such a big part of DC TV history. I would love to have at least one Smallville character in the crossover. I guess I can say every single day I have some conversation with some casting director or some agent … There’s such a big, wide tapestry of DC TV and DC movie properties – the whole reason we started talking about the crossover as early as we did this year was to give us time to have all those conversations.”
Arrow star Stephen Amell also chimed in at Comic-Con in San Diego, telling ComicBook.com: “I would want Tom Welling … I want what the fans want.”
“Crisis on Infinite Earths” will begin on December 8 on The CW.