"Crisis on Infinite Earths" trailer reveals 2 long-awaited DC heroes

The new Atom debuts and Brandon Routh's Superman returns in first "Crisis on Infinite Earths" teaser.

A crisis of many Earths is coming — and it’s sponsored by Boost Mobile. On Sunday, The CW released the first 15-second TV spot for “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” While the teaser is a jumble of images without context, there is some fun stuff in there, such as Black Lightning in action with the Arrowverse, the first look at Ryan Choi, and Brandon Routh’s Superman, dressed in the costume of Superman from the 1996 graphic novel Kingdom Come.

Over the weekend, The CW released a 15-second TV spot for “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” this year’s mega-crossover of the “Arrowverse” family of DC superhero shows.

The teaser begins with the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) facing down a united front of several heroes, including The Flash (Grant Gustin), Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), White Canary (Caity Lotz), and Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer). A widescreen version, posted on YouTube, also shows Martian Manhunter (David Harewood) and Batwoman (Ruby Rose). The trailer also reveals the first look at actor Osiric Chau as Ryan Choi, seen standing next to Lex Luthor.

After the crossover, Ryan will take over as Atom after Brandon Routh bows out from his series regular role on Legends of Tomorrow. In the comics, Ryan was a student of Ray Palmer who became the new Atom when his teacher went missing. He was created in 2006 by comic book stars Gail Simone and Grant Morrison and first “introduced” in the Arrowverse last year via a brief name drop when the Season 5 premiere of The Flash had a character name Ryan Choi as the creator of the new Flash suit.

Meanwhile, the trailer also gives a glimpse at Brandon Routh back in the costume of Superman for the first time since 2006. Prior to his role in Legends of Tomorrow, Routh portrayed Superman in the movie Superman Returns.

Here's just a handful of the heroes who will team up in the crossover "Crisis on Infinite Earths." Between Lex Luthor and Batwoman to the right is Ryan Choi, the new Atom, played by Osiric Chau. 

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The crossover will have Routh play both Ray Palmer and Superman (hello, multiverse), who has aged since the events of the movie. Routh’s Superman costume mirrors that of Superman in Kingdom Come, an acclaimed 1996 graphic novel by Mark Waid and Alex Ross that depicted a dystopian, but not hopeless future where the Justice League have aged and find themselves outmatched by a new generation of reckless superheroes.

Based on the 1985 DC Comics miniseries of the same name, the five-part “Crisis on Infinite Earths” will see the heroes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, and Batwoman unite to stop the destruction of the multiverse. The episodes will begin airing in December, with a brief hiatus between episodes three and four. The crossover will conclude in January 2020.

For a complete breakdown of “Crisis on Infinite Earths” and its airing schedule, check out our exhaustive guide here.

“Crisis on Infinite Earths” will begin airing on December 8 on The CW.

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