There's been a slow drip of information on the Arrow-verse's "Crisis On Infinite Earths" crossover since San Diego Comic-Con, but now the floodgates appear to be open. The CW showed up at the Television Critics Association summer press tour with big news for CinemaBlend and others that confirmed two big things audiences have wanted to see for a long time. For the first time ever, the Arrow-verse crossovers will feature the cast of Black Lightning, and Kevin Conroy as future Bruce Wayne.
This will mark the first time that Kevin Conroy has played Bruce Wayne in an official live-action capacity, but he's long been known as the voice of Batman for decades. Conroy first voiced The Dark Knight in Batman: The Animated Series, and has consistently voiced the character in a steady stream of animated DC television and movies ever since.
In "Crisis on Infinite Earths," The CW said Kevin Conroy will play "future" Bruce Wayne, which may mean he's portraying the elderly Batman Beyond version of the hero. If that's the case, is it possible the future Batman Terry McGinnis will accompany him? Hey, after some of the announcements so far, we're ready to speculate on anything.
There's also the news that Black Lightning which, to this point, The CW had been pretty adamant about remaining separate from the rest of the Arrow-verse, will finally be a part of a crossover. No specific names were mentioned to appear, but Jefferson Pierce star Cress Williams seemed to confirm his involvement through Instagram, with a "Hell yes" reply from The Flash star Grant Gustin. How exactly will these Black Lightning newcomers react to the other heroes?
It's hard to say how much interaction any of these folks will really have, as "Crisis On Infinite Earths" is becoming quite the loaded event. There's all the usual suspects from The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow, LaMonica Garrett will return to play The Monitor, and Burt Ward recently signed on for an unknown role. Even with five episodes, it's hard to imagine how all these folks and the Batwoman cast fit into the crossover. And to think, there could still be more guest appearances!
In another interesting bit of news, CinemaBlend learned during the TCA summer press tour that "Crisis on Infinite Earths" will be split between two quarters. The first three episodes (technically episodes of Supergirl, Batwoman, and The Flash) will air on December 8, 9, and 10. As for parts 4 (Arrow) and 5 (Legends of Tomorrow), those won't air until Tuesday, January 14. The Arrow-verse fall shows tend to go on winter break between that, so why space Crisis out like that?
We have more questions than answers at the moment, but we do know "Crisis on Infinite Earths" kicks off on The CW Sunday, December 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Stick with CinemaBlend for more Arrow-verse updates as they come, and to stay up to date on the latest and greatest news in television and movies.