Yes, I know the world cheered at the end of Avengers: Endgame, with all them heroes coming out of portals to take down Thanos. But you can’t also look at these new photos of “Crisis on Infinite Earths” and not feel the same way.
A slew of behind-the-scenes photos of the Arrowverse crossover, “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” have populated social media over the past week. The latest picture to emerge gives fans the best glimpse yet at Tom Cavanagh’s new role as Pariah, Osric Chau as Ryan Choi, and Brandon Routh in a full body shot of his Kingdom Come-influenced Superman from the 2006 film, Superman Returns.
Appearing on Twitter via user @Pagmyst, the photo depicts several stars of the DC television shows on The CW standing on the set of the Waverider, the primary location for the series Legends of Tomorrow.
The photo, seen below, contains the following actors from left to right: LaMonica Garrett as The Monitor, Candace Patton as Iris West-Allen (The Flash), Tyler Hoechlin as Earth-38 Superman (Supergirl), Osric Chau as Ryan Choi, Tom Cavanagh as Pariah, Hartley Sawyer as Elongated Man (The Flash), Cress Williams as Black Lightning (Black Lightning), Audrey Marie Anderson as Lyla/Harbinger (Arrow), Grant Gustin as The Flash (The Flash), Routh as Superman, and David Ramsey as Diggle (Arrow).
And that’s only a handful of the stars who will appear in the five-part special, which will begin airing this December on The CW.
While details of the plot remain vague, the special will contain a plethora of cameo appearances by former DC TV alumni.
The photo contains a few notable items. It’s the very first look at Cavanagh as Pariah, who was confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con to play a different role from his usual Harrison Wells on The Flash. In the comics, Pariah is a scientist. His goal was to view the creation of the universe, but that led the supervillain Anti-Monitor to destroy Earths of the multiverse with anti-matter.
Second, there’s Osric Chau, seen in the back between Hoechlin and Sawyer. In late September, Chau was announced to play the role of Ryan Choi, who in the comics takes over the mantle of Atom from Ray Palmer, played by Routh on Legends of Tomorrow. Routh, meanwhile, will reprise his role of Superman from the 2006 movie Superman Returns, this time in a physical appearance that pays homage to the acclaimed 1996 DC series Kingdom Come.
Additional items of note: Cress Williams, the star of Black Lightning, which has not yet crossed into the Arrowverse but is confirmed to do so in “Crisis,” is seen here with pretty much half of the Arrowverse. Audrey Marie Anderson has already been revealed in the costume of Harbinger (another key character from the original Crisis on Infinite Earths), but this photo is a new look at her suit.
Earlier this week, other photos from the set of “Crisis on Infinite Earths” made its way online. On Supergirl star Chyler Leigh’s Instagram, the actor shared a selfie with Ruby Rose, who stars as Kate Kane on Batwoman. Cress Williams shared another photo of himself with The Flash’s Grant Gustin, calling him “a true pro and a great new friend.”
Routh also shared a photo of himself with Hoechlin and Gustin in the middle. (Gustin has previously revealed he was a major Superman fan during his childhood.)x
As this year’s annual crossover for the DC TV shows, “Crisis on Infinite Earths” is shaping up to be the biggest one yet. Based on Marv Wolfman’s 1985 comic book series, Crisis on Infinite Earths saw the destruction of the DC multiverse and the heroic sacrifice of several major heroes. The TV version could do the same, leaving a severe ripple effect across all the DC shows on The CW.
The “Arrowverse,” which began with Arrow and soon expanded to The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and now Batwoman, is including previous DC shows like Batman (1966), The Flash (1990), Birds of Prey (2002), and Smallville (2001-2011). DC Universe shows like Titans and Doom Patrol are not expected to be featured, however.
“Crisis on Infinite Earths” begins December 8, 2019 and ends January 14, 2020.