Crisis on Infinite Earths’ Best Easter Eggs, References, and Cameos

Crisis on Infinite Earths is not only an on-screen adaption of one of DC’s most popular comic books but also promises to be the biggest crossover the Arrowverse has ever seen. Since the initial crossover saw Green Arrow and Flash meet up for an adventure, the annual event has snowballed, bringing in more and more heroes as the Arrowverse has grown to include Supergirl, Superman, Batwoman, and the Legends of Tomorrow. Crisis on Infinite Earths follows on from 2018’s crossover, Elseworlds, with DC heroes from tv shows, movies, and even animated series both past and present returning to their roles for the five-part crossover event. It might not be all of them (because there is almost too many to count) but here is The Opinion Arcade’s list of Crisis on Infinite Earths’ Best Easter Eggs, References, and Cameos (so far…).

Earth 89

Crisis on Infinite Earths starts off with a sequence of alternate dimensions being destroyed. The first is the aptly titled ‘Earth 89’ and sees the return of Robert Whul as Alexander Knox, a character he played in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. Although reading an issue of the Gotham Gazette, whereas, in the movie he worked for the Gotham Globe, the paper does come with a nod to 89’ Batman’s story through the headline “Batman Captures Joker”. This does perhaps hint that despite the name and Whul’s return, this is a slightly different universe to the one of Michael Keaton’s Batman, as that original movie saw the Joker die. The scene closes out with Knox saying that he hopes that the ‘big guy’ is watching as the Bat-Signal appears in the sky, and to cap it off is accompanied by Danny Elfman’s iconic Batman theme.

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Earth 9 and the Titans

The next Earth we see destroyed is Earth 9, which comes with a very brief glimpse at Alan Ritchson’s Hawk and Curran Walters’ (Jason Todd) Robin from the Titans series. This is the first taste of the Crisis crossover bringing in other concurrent DC shows. Other than the DC Comics origins, Titans has nothing to do with The CW or Arrowverse, instead being a DC Universe exclusive in the US (and distributed on Netflix internationally). Admittedly the scene is only a few seconds long, and it all but confirms that almost all of the damage done to the Multiverse will be undone – but it’s very interesting to see other contemporary, unrelated, DC shows brought into the Arrowverse for the Crisis on Infinite Earths Crossover.

Earth X and The Ray

The third Earth the crossover event shows being destroyed is Earth X, the setting for the Arrowverse’s 2017 event ‘Crisis on Earth X’, which saw an evil Oliver Queen and Supergirl running a Nazi dictatorship across the entire planet. The crossover introduced ‘The Ray’, played by Russell Tovey, who then got an animated spin-off on the CW Seed. The brief shot of Earth X sees the Ray in live-action once again flying into the anti-matter wave.

Earth 66 and Robin

In another fittingly named Earth, Burt Ward who played Robin in the 1966 live-action Batman series returns to the role. Wearing a Robin themed jumper and accompanied by a dog that looks a lot like Bruce Wayne’s faithful hound Ace, Ward turns to see the wave attacking his planet and says “holy crimson skies of death”, while a Batman 66’ style score plays.

Will Wheaton

Will Wheaton is famous for several nerd-culture roles like Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, the host of the board game YouTube show Tabletop, and a satirised version of himself on The Big Bang Theory.  Wheaton makes an appearance at the begging of the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover as a doomsayer in Supergirl’s reality of Earth 38. He warns of an oncoming apocalypse that even Supergirl won’t be able to prevent. What makes Wheaton’s appearance a true easter egg is that the sign he holds up is almost the same as one held by a character in Superman II.

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The Monitor, The Anti-Monitor, and Book of Destiny

The comic book arc of Crisis on Infinite Earths revolves around a war between the Monitor (an ancient and extremely powerful being who watches over the Multiverse) and the Anti-Monitor, his opposite. The Anti-Monitor attacks the Multiverse, intending to leave only his own Anti-Matter universe remaining. These events have been slowly building in the Arrowverse, with both the Monitor and his Book of Destiny appearing in the 2018 Elseworlds crossover. The Monitor, Anti-Monitor, and Book of Destiny once again return for Crisis on Infinite Earths playing an even more central role than ever.

Harbinger

In the comics, the character of Layla Michaels originally debuted in New Teen Titans Annual #2, in 1983. She was rescued from death by the Monitor after which the duo watched the events of the Multiverse unfold. They did this until the comic book version of Crisis on Infinite Earths, where Layla became Harbinger. Michaels made her live-action debut in 2013 on Arrow and has since appeared throughout the Arrowverse, finally becoming Harbinger for the Crisis on Infinite Earths Crossover.

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The Death of The Flash

In the comic book Crisis on Infinite Earths Barry Allen dies whilst stopping the Anti-Monitor use the anti-matter canon to destroy Earth. These events have been foreshadowed since the Flash’s 2014 pilot, with the newspaper from the future citing the Flash had disappeared in a ‘crisis’ with Red Skies (as we see in the crossover). In the build-up to 2019’s crossover, The Monitor tells Barry that the Flash must die during the Crisis and that the date has moved from 2024 as seen on the paper, to 2019. The events play out a little differently during the crossover, as it isn’t Barry who dies, but the reference to the source material is clear and delivers a clever twist on what comic book fans may expect.

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Leonard Snart

Wentworth Miller has played multiple versions of Leonard Snart aka The Flash villain Captain Cold in the Arrowverse, including the original, alternate, past and future versions, all of which have invariably different personalities and allegiances. As one of The Flash’s primary villains from the comics, Captain Cold is similarly a key part of the Arrowverse and makes a small return to the role as the AI voice of Earth 74’s time travelling Waverider ship.

Pariah

Like Harbinger, Pariah is a DC character that initially debuted in the original comic book Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event. A scientist from a parallel Earth, Pariah’s experiments brought Earth to the attention of the Anti-Monitor and set the events of the crossover in motion. The Arrowverse iteration of the character is yet another played by Tom Cavanagh, who combines the comic book origins of Pariah with that of Nash Wells, who uncovered the Anti-Monitor’s existence and unknowingly joined forces with him before the crossover began.

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Batman’s Secret Identity Revealed

Mentions of Batman, Bruce Wayne and even Gotham were relatively sparse in the early days of the Arrowverse. Bur more recently Oliver Queen notably mentioned both Bruce Wayne and Gotham in one of his mayoral speeches, and eventually, Supergirl, Green Arrow and the Flash went to Gotham to meet Batwoman in the Elseworlds crossover. The Batwoman tv show then brought plenty of references to Batman and his world.

In this crossover, Batman being the crime-fighting identity of Bruce Wayne is mentioned in front of a larger group of heroes. When Ray Palmer (who often acts as the audience surrogate) questions the reveal, he slowly nods while smiling at the news. As another genius-level billionaire, Ray has likely met Bruce, and so the reveal would likely be a shock if Ray had only encountered Bruce’s playboy billionaire persona.

Earth 99 and Bat of the Future

When the Monitor reveals that there are seven Paragons who can stop the Anti-Monitor, he explains that the Paragon of Courage will be found on Earth 99 as the ‘Bat of the Future’. This is, of course, a reference to Batman Beyond, also known as Batman of the Future, which is now a popular comic book series in its own right. The series shows an elderly Bruce Wayne hand over the mantle of Batman to a younger hero named Terry McGinnis. The concept for Batman Beyond began with the animated show in 1999, making this another fittingly self-aware parallel Earth designation.

Kevin Conroy

When Batwoman and Supergirl travel to Earth 99 they meet an older Bruce Wayne played by Kevin Conroy. Conroy famously played Batman and Bruce Wayne in the iconic Batman: The Animated Series, along with it’s follow up shows like Batman Beyond, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, as well as Rocksteady’s seminal Arkham Asylum games, and several animated films. For many Conroy is ‘the’ Batman, playing the role for decades, and so seeing him finally take on the role in live-action is something special.

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Kingdom Come and The Dark Knight Returns Batman

Conroy’s Bruce Wayne first appears walking down the stairs in a metallic exoskeleton (on top of his regular suit). This look is very similar to that of Bruce Wayne from Kingdom Come, who suffers from debilitating paralysis after decades of crime-fighting. Earth 99’s version of Bruce Wayne also draws inspiration from The Dark Knight Returns Batman, having given up on his rules and moral code instead resorting to murdering his enemies.

Having completely given up hope, Bruce tells his cousin Kate Kane how he murdered his foes and that he doesn’t believe the world (or any) should be saved. His pessimistic speech takes lines right from a very similar one in Frank Miller’s classic The Dark Knight Returns comic, another story which focusses on an older, much more violet, and beaten down Batman.

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Batman’s Rogues Gallery

Batman has always been a little more sentimental than he’d like to admit, keeping a variety of trophies, mementoes, and past costumes displayed in the Batcave. The Earth 99 version of Bruce does something similar, but instead to remember his murder victims. Kara sees in a glass cabinet there is a blood speckled Joker card, a Riddler cane, an empty glass dome which presumably belonged to Mr Freeze, and Clark Kent’s glasses, broken by a large bullet hole. Bruce also mentions that Jane Doe is locked up in Arkham and that Clayface is “a pile of mud”.

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Lex Luthor Returns

After numerous references and his sister Lena Luthor appearing in Supergirl Season 2, Jon Cryer debuted as Lex Luthor in Supergirl Season 4. Since then he has gone on to become a recurring villain for both Supergirl and Superman. He did, however, die in the Season 4 finale, and although no other Arrowverse characters have seen him since, the Monitor revived him shortly afterwards, citing his important role in the upcoming Crisis.

Upon finding the revived Lex, Kara is hardly pleased and despite refusing to trust him, accepts that his survival may be important to the overall plan. She is quickly proven correct in her mistrust when Lex steals the Book of Destiny and sets about destroying every Superman in the Multiverse.

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The Lazarus Pit

Famously the means by which the Batman villain Ra’s al Ghul, leader of the League of Assassins, has been able to survive for centuries, the Lazarus Pit can restore health and youth but at a cost to the mind. Matthew Nable played the Arrowverse version of Ra’s, who turned out to be behind a number of the Arrowverse’s more sinister events, including the training of John Barrowman’s Malcolm Merlyn. The pit in Nanda Parbat was used to bring Sara Lance back to life and heal Thea Queen but was eventually destroyed.

In an attempt to bring Oliver Queen back to life after his sacrifice in the first episode of Crisis on Infinite Earths, Sara, and Oliver’s daughter Mia search the Multiverse for a surviving Lazarus Pit. With John Constantine’s help, they find one in Earth 18.

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Earth 75 and The Death of Superman

After Lex Luthor steals the Book of Destiny, he begins to travel from dimension to dimension, killing every Superman he can find. When Earth 38’s Superman and Lois Lane get to Earth 75 they discover that Lex has beaten them to it. A news broadcast announces the death of Superman and is accompanied by footage of Superman lying dead with his cape like a flag and Lois crying at his body. This perfectly echoes the iconic scene from 1993’s Superman Vol. 2 #75.

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Earth 167 and Smallville

Going into the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, one of the most anticipated returns was Tom Welling as Clark Kent, the (pre) Superman of the decade long series Smallville. Smallville was in many ways the precursor to the Arrowverse and had its own version of many iconic DC characters. Named Earth 167 as Smallville co-creator Al Gough was born in 1967, the scene on the Kent farm serves as an epilogue to the iconic tv show.

The scene starts with Earth 38’s Lois, Clark and Iris from Earth 1 approaching Welling’s Clark. Lois notes how attractive this version of her husband is, but before they can explain too much the trio disappears and are replaced by Lex Luthor, who has come to kill Clark. After mentioning that the Lex from Earth 167 is now President, Clark reveals that he gave up his powers (demonstrated by harmlessly taking a piece of Kryptonite from Lex’s hand) so that he could have a normal life and family. The scene ends with Lex saying there would be no fun in killing him now, and Erica Durance’s Lois Lane asking Clark to help clean up a mess their daughters made.

As one of the crossover’s longer cameo scenes, it may not have been what Smallville fans expected, as we’ve still never really seen Welling as a fully blown Superman. But in a way, keeping that intact is more fitting, and the scene serves as a touching epilogue to the show.

Super Friends

As Lex works his way through the Multiverse and comes across Smallville’s Clark Kent, he mentions his ‘Super Friends’, although seemingly a casual joke in the middle of a sentence, it is, of course, a callback to the Hanna Barbara 1970s animated series ‘Super Friends’ which took a light-hearted approach to animated superheroes and focused on a version of the Justice League.

Earth 96 and Superman Returns

The next stop on Superman, Lois and Iris’s Multiverse spanning trip to stop Lex Luthor sees them visit Earth 96. Named 96 after the iconic comic book storyline Kingdom Come, which this part of the crossover adapts, was released in 1996. Kingdom Come told the story of a future in which heroes like Superman have given up their role as a superhero. In their absence, a new wave of heroes arises but an accident ends up killing millions across America, forcing Superman to take up the cape once more, despite a rivalry with a heavily injured Batman who hasn’t forgiven Superman for, in his opinion, giving up.

Earth 96 sees a version of Kingdom Come brought into live-action, and more importantly, sees the Brandon Routh (who has for several years played Ray Palmer in the Arrowverse) go back to his role as Superman from 2006’s Superman Returns. The 2006 movie was a continuation of Christopher Reeve’s Superman and Superman II (mostly ignoring Superman III, IV and 1984’s Supergirl) and saw Routh take on the role of Clark Kent and Superman.

Like in Kingdom Come, this Clark survived the Joker’s mass murder of the Daily Planet staff (which include the death of Lois Lane) and is now the editor-in-chief of the paper. His return sees John Williams’ classic Superman score in the Arrowverse, and unlike Supergirl and Superman of Earth 38, this Kal-El has red eye beams (whereas Earth 38’s Kryptonians have blue).

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The Kingdom Come Suit

Although an adaption, with much of Kingdom Come’s more serious undertones missing, Routh’s Man of Steel has a new suit, one based on the Kingdom Come version (just like Conroy’s Bruce Wayne is also based on the Batman from Kingdom Come). To really hit the reference home, the article which details the Joker’s attack on the Daily Planet has an illustration by Kingdom Come’s artist Alex Ross, and there is an article by the comic’s writer Mark Waid.

Superman III

Although Superman Returns was deemed a continuation of the first two movies, Routh’s Superman seemingly references Superman III. After being manipulated by Lex Luthor and the Book of Destiny he fights Earth 38’s Superman. When everything is resolved he notes that it isn’t the first time he’s gone mad and fought himself. This exact thing happens in Superman III, which sees a version of Clark and Superman fight each other (symbolising his inner turmoil).

Jason

When the Superman Returns version of Superman sees Earth 38 Lois and Clark’s son, Jonathon, he notes that he looks just like his son Jason. Jason was the name of Lois Lane’s son in 2006’s Superman Returns, played by Tristan Lake Leabu, who at first appeared to be the child of Lois and Richard White, but throughout the film is revealed to be the son of Superman.

Jonah Hex

When Mia, Sara, Barry and Constantine find the Lazarus Pit on Earth 18 it is an old abandoned mine. Whilst exploring the mine they are confronted by that realities version of Jonah Hex. A fight ensues which ends in Sara cutting Hex’s face, noting that he was due to get Jonah Hex’s signature scar at some point anyway.

Earth 203 and the Birds of Prey

The 2003 show Birds of Prey focused on a future version of Gotham and the titular team which included Helena Kyle (the child Batman and Catwoman), Oracle (Barbara Gordon, the former Batgirl), and Dinah Redmond (formerly Lance). The show also starred a version of Alfred Pennyworth, Harley Quinn, and a live-action Joker who was re-dubbed with Mark Hamill’s iconic Joker voice.

Only lasting for a total of thirteen episodes, the show has a brief epilogue in the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, which sees Ashley Scott return as Helena/Huntress and Dina Meyer as Oracle (albeit in voice only). The scene sees Earth 2003 (named due to the show’s airdate of 2003) destroyed, but also confirms that years later the Birds of Prey of this universe are still active and fighting for New Gotham.

Earth 666 and Lucifer

When Constantine can’t summon Oliver Queen’s spirit to reunite with his body, citing performance issues related to the anti-matter, he goes to non-other than the Devil himself for help. He, Mia, and John Diggle travel to the fittingly named Earth 666 to meet Tom Ellis’ Lucifer.

Originally produced for Fox but later cancelled and picked up for a final season on Netflix, Lucifer follows the Neil Gaiman created ‘The Sandman’ comic books character of Lucifer Morningstar. The show has featured only a few references to the wider more superhero orientated DC Universe throughout its run, instead, sticking to the world and characters of The Sandman and the related books.

Constantine mentions that Lucifer owes him a favour, which Lucifer confirms was from something to do with Maze (another character from the show), he also notes that John Diggle reminds him of his brother Amenadiel. The scene culminates in Lucifer giving Constantine a brief pass into Purgatory and connects two characters that have been waiting to be brought together on screen for years. Matt Ryan’s Constantine is not only a character caught up in all things demonic and sinister but similarly to Lucifer also stared out life on another channel and was saved by another after cancellation. It’s also worth noting that Tom Ellis had been spotted around the set for Crisis on Infinite Earths, but staying true to his character denied being in the crossover.

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Watchmen

When the Arrowverse heroes travel to Earth 666 we see the familiar establishing shot of LA (at least for Lucifer fans). In this brief scene, a Watchmen poster is visible to the right of the screen. Although this may seem like a simple coincidence, with Watchmen also being a DC-owned property, according to Arrowverse producer Mar Guggenheim, the inclusion of the poster was thanks to Damon Lindelof, the creator of HBO’s current Watchmen show, adding another subtle but universe building easter egg to the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover.

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All-Star Squadron

In a scene that sees the Elongated Man meet several new superheroes on the Waverider, he says “holy all-star squadron”. This doubles as a self-aware reference to the Elongated Man being surrounded by a literal all-star team of superheroes from across the Multiverse, but also refers to the superhero team of the same name from DC Comics, which continued the stories of the Justice Society of America years after their main comic had ended.

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Ryan Choi

One of the biggest DC characters to make their debut in the crossover is Ryan Choi. Citied as one of the seven Paragons two can stop the Anti-Monitor, Ryan Choi seems like a regular human, but in the comics is Ray Palmer’s protégé, and becomes the Atom after Palmer. This is referenced when Choi is extremely excited to meet Ray and mentions that he is a huge fan of his.

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Jim Corrigan and The Spectre

There have been numerous versions of The Spectre in various DC comics properties over the years, but the original was Jim Corrigan, a police officer who is brutally murdered and returns to life with powers, set upon riding the world of evil. Jim Corrigan appears in the Constantine tv series, played by Emmett Scanlan, but is this time played by Stephen Lobo, in Purgatory. It is admittedly a little confusing as to where this version of Corrigan comes from. Constantine mentions that he isn’t the version he knows, but if he is Earth 666’s Corrigan, that means Oliver Queen is in Earth 666’s Purgatory rather than Earth 1’s, for no apparent reason. That said the rules of Lucifer and Purgatory perhaps transcend the Multiverse, and overall, it doesn’t have any real impact on the story.

When Constantine, Mia, and Diggle go to Purgatory to retrieve Oliver’s soul they almost succeed but are stopped when Jim Corrigan, tells Oliver it is now his time to become the Spectre. This sets up an interesting route for the final few episodes of the crossover, and presumably Arrow’s final season to follow.

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The 90s Flash

Although the Arrowverse’s primary Flash is played by Grant Gustin, the original live-action version of the character was played by Jon Wesley Shipp in the 1990 tv show. Jon Wesley Shipp then played Barry’s father in the modern version of the Flash, as well as an alternate world’s Flash named Jay Garrick. But 2018’s Elseworlds crossover saw him return to his original role as the 90’s version of Barry Allen.

The Monitor simply removed him from a battle during the crossover, with his ultimate fate being revealed in Crisis on Infinite Earths. He ultimately sacrifices himself to save Barry, and his farewell scene also features an actual ‘flash’back to the 90’s show, showing a scene between Barry and his romantic interest Tina McGee (played by Amanda Pays). This flashback mirrors a similar scene from earlier in the show between the Arrowverse’s Barry and Iris.

The Vanishing Point

Originally the Time Masters’ headquarters, The Vanishing Point, which is outside of space and time, has appeared throughout Legends of Tomorrow. The mysterious location makes a return to the Multiverse as the place from which the seven paragons will fight off the Anti-Monitor.

The Monitor’s Origins

The fourth episode of the Crisis on Infinite Earths Crossover shows the origins of the Monitor. Ten thousand years before the actual Crisis Mar Novu travels to the beginning of the Universe, and corrupts it, connecting the regular universe to the anti-matter one, and in turn sets the Crisis in motion. The on-screen version combines the comic book origin for the Monitor with a scientist named Krona, who is responsible for alternating the universe and creating the Multiverse.

 

Flashbacks

After months stranded at the Vanishing Point Oliver Queen’s Spectre arrives to tell the Paragons that the Speedforce is the key to restoring the Multiverse. Barry pulls the other Paragons into the Speedforce, and whilst Supergirl, Lex Luthor and Ryan Choi go back in time to Maltus, hoping to prevent the Monitor opening the bridge to the Anti-Matter Universe, the other heroes are placed inside their own memories. The scenes the characters revisit include Barry and Oliver’s first meeting, the other crossovers, an early meeting between Ray Palmer and Oliver Queen, and Laurel and Diggle after Sara’s death.

Ezra Miller’s Flash

One of the most unexpected scenes of the entire crossover features Ezra Miller’s, Barry Allen. The Flash from the DCEU continuity. Appearing very briefly in Batman vs. Superman and later starring in 2017’s Justice League, Ezra Miller’s solo film has been repeatedly pushed back. His appearance as another Barry Allen during the crossover comes as a huge surprise and sees both Barry’s complement each others suits. Miller’s Barry also mentions Victor aka Cyborg just before disappearing.

“Rebirth”

Oliver Queen explains his plan to defeat the Anti-Monitor will bring with it a “rebirth” of the universe. Reboots in the comics are common, but DC did a massive line-wide relaunch 2016 named “Rebirth” which aimed to simplify decades worth of continuity into a new reality, something the Arrowverse also looks to be doing after Crisis on Infinite Earths, making the nod to the same event in the comics extremely appropriate.

“You Have Failed this Universe”

Just as Oliver Queen’s Spectre is about to defeat the Anti-Monitor he puts a new spin on his famous line “You have failed this city”, the latest version sees Oliver tell the Anti-Monitor that he has ”Failed this Universe” (although Multiverse may have been more appropriate).

Weather Witch

As Kara is starting to realise that in the new Multiverse her earth (which was previously Earth 38) is now part of Earth 1, and to everyone else has been all along, the DEO gets an alert of an attack. Kara confronts Weather Witch, who seems surprised that Kara doesn’t know who she is. Barry soon arrives and explains that she is “one of his”, helping them both realise their Earth’s have combined.

Marv Wolfman

After dealing with Weather Witch a fan approaches Supergirl and the Flash and asks for their autograph. Audiences will recognise the fan as Marv Wolfman, acclaimed DC comics writer and the man responsible for writing the original Crisis on Infinite Earths comic book (and the comic book prelude to its on-screen Arrowverse adaption).

Giant Beebo (Again)

The Beebo toy has been a mainstay in the Arrowverse since his debut in Legends of Tomorrow. At different points, it has been crucial to the timeline and even worshipped by Vikings. The Legends would use the Totems of Zambesi to create a giant Beebo to fight the demon Mallus. Another Giant Beebo appears in the Crisis crossover proving a surprisingly difficult foe for the Legends, Supergirl, and The Flash to take on.

Sargon the Sorcerer

Although the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover was primarily focussed on the long legacy of on-screen DC movies and tv shows, it managed to squeeze in some new characters as well. One of those was the Arrowverse version of Sargon the Sorcerer, who is caught robbing a bank after conjuring the magical illusion of a giant Beebo.

Microverse

Whilst the heroes of the Arrowverse come up with a plan to defeat the Anti-Monitor Ryan Choi mentions the “microverse”. Ray Palmer replies that he likes to call it the “atom-verse”, but in the comics, he discovers and names the Microverse after shrinking down to sub-atomic level, an idea that mirrors the Ant-Man and the Wasp plot that shows shrinking down to sub-atomic to access the Quantum Realm.

Gardner Pier and Perez Landing

The Arrowverse has made a habit out of naming various locations after famous comic book creators. Crisis on Infinite Earths name drops Gardner Pier and Pérez Landing referencing Marv Wolfman’s co-creator and penciler George Pérez. Gardner Pier could be referencing the human Green Lantern Guy Gardner, but is more likely a nod to Gardner Fox, the acclaimed DC Comics writer who introduced the idea of the Multiverse with “Flash of Two Worlds”.

Baby Sara

John Diggle and Lyla Michaels originally had a daughter that they named after the then-deceased Sara Lance, later Sara came back to life and reality was changed so that their young baby daughter was altered to be a young boy named John Diggle Jr. Crisis makes a mother switch, showing that John and Lyla now have two children, both Sara and John.

Another Super-Kid

Lois calls Superman telling him that there is a problem with ‘the boys’, showing that in their new Earth they have two children rather than just one, something that will likely be a focal point of the upcoming Lois and Clark show.

Earth 2, Stargirl, and the Justice Society

As the crossover draws to a close it shows off some of the freshly created (or restored) realties in the new Multiverse. The first is the new Earth 2, with a shot of Power Girl and the Justice Society, teasing the upcoming show from the CW and the DC Universe streaming platform, confirming it takes place in Earth 2 (and not on the main Arrowverse world).

Earth 12 and the Green Lantern Corps

In another hugely unexpected move for the crossover, it reuses some clips from the critically panned Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds. Keeping it vague, Earth 12 shows the Arrowverse’s first Green Lanterns with a shot of a Lantern leaving Earth, Oa and the Guardians, and a scene with thousands of Power Ring wielding Lanterns.

Earth 96 and Superman Returns (to his Suit)

Returning to Earth 96 Brandon Routh’s Superman is once again alive (after being replaced as a Paragon by Lex Luthor) and in his original Superman suit, rather than the Kingdom Come one he wore earlier in the crossover. He smiles in a scene extremely reminiscent of the classic Christopher Reeves’ flying scene. In this altered universe presumably, Lois and the others survived, meaning the legacy of Superman Returns and the Richard Donner movies lives on.

Earth 19 and Swamp Thing

A brief glimpse at Earth 19 shows Derek Mears’s Swamp Thing from the short-lived 2019 DC Universe series, fittingly accompanied by a voice-over which mentions the rise and fall of worlds.

Earth 19 and the Titans

After Swamp Thing, the next Earth is Earth 9 and the Titans, who have the same designation as they did before the Multiverse reboot. The scene uses some random footage of heroes from the Titans show, but this time shows off most of the Titans rather than just Robin and Hawk.

Earth 21 and Doom Patrol

Although introduced during an episode of Titans’ first season the Doom Patrol tv show takes place in an alternate dimension than the Titans. The Crisis crossover names this as “Earth 21”.

Earth Prime

After showcasing several alternate realties the now combined Earth of Supergirl, The Flash, and Black Lightning is named “Earth Prime” rather than it’s the previous designation of Earth 1. This lines up with the comics, in which the primary DC Universe is referred to as “Prime”.

Hall of Justice and the Justice League

The end of the crossover showcases an emotional goodbye to Oliver Queen and the beginning of a true Justice League. The full debut of the Arrowverse’s version of the iconic superhero team comes with a new logo, customised chairs for each hero, totalling to a fully-fledged (albeit a little empty) Hall of Justice. The new base for the League is the same disused STAR Labs warehouse from the 2016 Invasion crossover.

Gleek and the Wonder Twins

After the Justice League forms, the Crisis on Infinite Earths ends on one more big tease for the future of the Arrowverse. The final scenes show an open cage somewhere in the new Hall of Justice with “Gleek” printed across the front. Gleek is an alien monkey from the comics and Super Friends animated show and is the pet of the Wonder Twins, perhaps teasing some upcoming heroes for the Arrowverse.

After our post on Crisis on Infinite Earths’ Best Easter Eggs, References, and Cameos, you can watch the first three parts of the crossover on-demand on the CW’s site, or check out the trailer below HERE.