No one was going to walk away from this unscathed. “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” the five-part Arrowverse crossover special for 2019, is sure to change everything we know about the DC television multiverse — and that includes killing off some near and dear faces we know and love.
In “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” based on the 1985 DC Comics event miniseries of the same name by Marv Wolfman and George Peréz, the Anti-Monitor threatens to destroy the multiverse and begin it anew under his control. Multiple worlds are in danger, and it’s up to the heroes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, and Batwoman to stop him.
The casualties will be huge. Already from the first episode, which aired as an episode of Supergirl, billions were lost in the destruction of Earth-9, Earth-66, Earth-89, Earth-X, and Supergirl’s own homeworld, Earth-38.
But who else was sacrificed? Who else will go? Below, we have a running “damage report” on the heroes lost to the crisis. Check back after each episode, and we’ll update when more heroes pay the ultimate price.
And naturally, spoilers for “Crisis on Infinite Earths” ahead.
Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) of Earth-1
In “Part 1” of the special, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) of Earth-1 fought nigh endless waves of the Anti-Monitor’s shadow demons until he drew his final breath. The Monitor reveals that due to Oliver’s actions, approximately one billion of Earth-38’s seven billion were saved.
Oliver Queen officially died in “Part 1,” but as “Part 2” showed, his teammates attempted to revive him using an existing Lazarus Pit on Earth-18. However, anyone who’ watched Arrow knows bringing someone back with the Lazarus Pit doesn’t bring their soul back. That requires a special occult procedure, one only John Constantine (Matt Ryan) knows. Unfortunately, the anti-matter waves affected Constantine’s “mojo.” So while Oliver is “back,” he’s not the same, and he may never be again.
Bruce Wayne (Batman) of Earth-99
In “Part 2,” Kate (Ruby Rose) and Kara (Melissa Benoist) visit Earth-99, a planet “in a future time” where Bruce Wayne — played by Kevin Conroy, the iconic voice lead of the Emmy-winning favorite Batman: The Animated Series — dedicated his life and body to fighting crime and now lives as a shut-in who needs an exoskeleton to move (an Easter egg to the 1996 DC graphic novel, Kingdom Come).
When it’s revealed that this wildly depressing Bruce killed Superman, Kate and Kara realize that the Bruce Wayne they’ve found is not the “Paragon of Courage” they hoped to find. In a brief battle in the Batcave, Kate knocks her “cousin” into a computer, which overpowers his exoskeleton’s batteries, electrocuting him. The worst Batman dies before Kate’s eyes.
Helena Bertinelli (Huntress) and Barbara Gordon (Oracle) of Earth-203
The short-lived TV series Birds of Prey returned at the top of “Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 3,” airing as an episode of The Flash, but it was already too late. The Anti-Monitor’s anti-matter waves had already swallowed up most of the planet when Arrowverse fans briefly reunite with Ashley Scott and Dina Meyer’s Huntress and Oracle (via voice-over).
Lois Lane, Perry White, Jimmy Olsen of Earth-96
Remember 2006’s Superman Returns? In “Part 2,” the heroes visit Earth-96, the continuity of Brandon Routh’s cinematic version of Superman, who reveals that a “reject from Gotham” played a “practical joke” on the Daily Planet newsroom, killing most of the newspaper’s staff including Clark Kent’s loved ones. As the Kryptonian who’s been through more loss than any mortal can endure, the heroes realize they’ve met the Paragon of Truth and recruit him to their side of the fight against Anti-Monitor.
Kate Bosworth, Frank Langella, and Sam Huntington played Lois, Perry, and Jimmy Olsen respectively in the film.
Clark Kent (Superman) of Earth-75
In an homage to Superman #75, the famous issue where Doomsday kills Superman in the storyline The Death of Superman, Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) and Clark (Tyler Hoechlin) briefly visit Earth-75 just after a crazed Lex Luthor, wielding the Book of Destiny, kills that Earth’s Superman. Lois and Clark look up at the breaking news and see a very familiar image.
Barry Allen (The Flash) of Earth-90
Despite enlisting the help of Black Lightning (Cress Williams), a Flash still had to vanish in the crisis — it just wasn’t the Flash of Earth-1. The Flash of Earth-90, John Wesley Shipp’s role from the 1990 The Flash series on CBS, sacrificed himself atop the Anti-Monitor’s treadmill to reverse the anti-monitor waves. The sacrifice bought the heroes just a little more time they needed, although the Anti-Monitor still amassed enough power to destroy the entire multiverse. With the heroes defeated, the Paragons regroup, hoping to fight another day.
“Crisis on Infinite Earths” continues January 14, at 8 p.m. Eastern on The CW.