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The CW has long wanted to show a connected universe of DC television and film properties and have done so in spectacular fashion. As the anti-matter wave crept across the multiverse, we saw several worlds be destroyed. Earth-66 where Burt Ward’s Dick Grayson lives was first to be shown, followed by Earth-89, home of Tim Burton’s Batman, then the home Earths of “Birds of Prey”, DC Universe “Titans” series, and Earth-X. When searching for a way into Purgatory to recover Oliver Queen’s soul, Constantine, Mia and Diggle travel to Earth-666, home of Lucifer Morningstar. Tom Ellis’s interaction with Matt Ryan was exactly what you would expect from their characters. This connection between DC Comics television and film properties gave hope for fans who were looking for a fully connected universe. Newcomers such as “Titans” and the upcoming Stargirl series now have a link to larger Arrowverse. Perhaps the biggest link comes in the form of the Flash, while searching for his friends in the Speed Force, encountering Barry Allen/Flash from the DCEU.
Erza Miller’s cameo in the crossover event was surprising since his inclusion was not announced. His interaction with Grant Gustin was exactly what you would expect of his character, with him asking Flash-1 if he was a cosplayer. DCEU Flash is also taken aback to discovering that the multiverse theory is possible, stating that he had mentioned it before to Victor (Cyborg). The two Flashes even take a moment to admire each other’s suits before formally introducing themselves, to which they are surprised they share the same name. This certainly was a huge moment since it was established that Supergirl was set in the same universe as the DCEU before joining the Arrowverse. Perhaps it is better this way. Now there can be two Flashes without having to remove one, thus putting to rest the then theory of ending Grant Gustin’s Flash in favor of having Kid Flash/Wally West take over the mantle.
While we’re on the subject, let’s talk about the ending for two heroes – Oliver Queen and Earth-90 Flash. Since he was first introduced in the pilot episode of The Flash, John Wesley Shipp has made his presence known portraying Henry Allen and two versions of the Flash – Jay Gerrick from Earth-2 and taking on his original role as Barry Allen/The Flash from Earth-90. No doubt it was enjoyable seeing Shipp don that foam rubber suit once more. Flash-90’s death was symbolic in the fact that it was a fitting end for the character. He nobly sacrificed himself to stop the anti-matter wave from destroying Earth-1 while at the same time saving Barry Allen, thus closing the chapter for Flash-90. Just as Tony Stark did for the MCU, the Arrowverse began and ended with Oliver Queen. He was there when Barry Allen first became the Flash, there when the Legends of Tomorrow were gathered, there during an alien invasion, and here when Crisis came. Oliver has been a constant presence throughout the DC television series and his final fair well was befitting of a hero who had rose from the depths of his own darkness to become the guiding light in the darkest of hours. As Oliver lay dying from exhausting the Specter’s powers he received from Jim Corrigan, you can see him reflect on his life and what his accomplishments have led up to. After what seemed like a fruitless quest, he had finally found peace.
With the Crisis averted and the multiverse restored, the future is looking, well…to only get bigger. Thanks to Oliver Queen’s sacrifice, all the heroes now live on the main world, Earth Prime. To honor him, they have come together to form a new team, ushering in the Age of Heroes. Black Lightning was toted to be separate from the Arrowverse but we all knew better. He wasn’t going to stay away for long. Jefferson Pierce may have gotten off to a rocky start when he first meets Barry Allen and his friends but he quickly makes the adjustment, most likely because he sees that there are others who are also fighting to protect the innocent. So, what does this mean for the future. One word – potential. Though they all coexist on the same Earth, Flash, Supergirl, Batwoman and Black Lightning will continue to fight in their respective cities. However, this will make the crossing over of these heroes a lot easier while also leaving the door open for other heroes to make their presence known. As the end scenes have shown, the possibilities are nearly endless. Superman-96 could fly by for dinner with Clark and Lois. Star Girl may make her arrival from Earth-2. John Diggle could finally don a certain cosmic emerald ring. How about Kate Kane having a fling with Alex Danvers? Since he has been referenced in so many ways, we could finally hear the familiar cackle of the Clown Prince of Crime. I have thoroughly enjoyed this year’s crossover event and this one has put CW and DC over the edge, especially now that they made it clear that the DCEU and the DCTV worlds now coincide. It will be interesting to see what next year brings.