Hey guys! How’s it going? I’m feeling better today, but I’m still not feeling 100% better from this cold or virus or whatever it is I’ve had since the weekend. I am well enough however to be on here talking to you guys about the sixth annual Arrowverse crossover, Elseworlds. Which I am so excited to talk about because oh my goodness, it was awesome! So let’s get into it!
When The CW announced that the title for the crossover this year was going to be Elseworlds, I was extremely wary. I was wary because Elseworlds was an imprint that DC had in the ’90s where anything was possible. Batman and Captain America could team up, Batman could be a vampire or a pirate or could operate in the Victorian era, and Superman could be raised in the Soviet Union instead of the United States of America, and it wouldn’t affect the continuity of the main comics that DC was publishing at that time. Which, for the Arrowverse means the crossover would probably be set on an alternate Earth where Oliver Queen became the Flash and Barry Allen was the Green Arrow and being that these shows aren’t watched primarily by people who read the comic books, or are reading current, but haven’t gone back and read stuff that DC had put out in the late ’80s, the ’90s, and the early 2000’s (Elseworlds ran from 1989 until 2003). I had no reason to worry because the title of the crossover has no meaning here. It’s there as a title, but that’s it.
Before I start to geek out and gush about everything, I want to talk a little bit about what I didn’t like about the crossover, because there are a couple of minor things that disappointed me about this year’s crossover. The middle part that happened on Arrow was the weakest part of the crossover. It was weak because while it introduced Gotham City into the Arrowverse finally, and introduced the best version of Batwoman, a character I haven’t really liked in the comics since Kate Kane was introduced in 2006, I have ever seen in any medium, I typically do not like prolonged battles that take place in Arkham Asylum, and this one was pointless.
I also do not like that they had Nora Fries, the wife of Victor Fries a.k.a. Mr. Freeze, one of Batman’s major villains, as an inmate at Arkham Asylum, while Mr. Freeze is an inmate at Arkham. The origin Paul Dini wrote for Mr. Freeze for the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Heart of Ice” and then was appropriated for both the 1997 movie Batman & Robin and then for the main DC Universe version of the character, is one of the best origin stories of a villain ever. So to have that negated by having Nora Fries be an inmate/villain with Victor is a bit unnecessary. Now that could be a storyline that’s going to come up on Batwoman once that show airs (if it airs) and they might do something really interesting with that dynamic on that show, but as a small element in a crossover, it wasn’t necessary to have Nora Fries be an actual character, and then tease Mr. Freeze when Nora uses his cold gun. I would’ve liked it better if they’d just had Nora Fries be Mrs. Freeze like how J. Michael Straczynski made Lex Luthor a woman in the graphic novel series Superman: Earth One. That was fascinating and it could’ve been a neat role reversal here. Instead they used the character, who is merely a catalyst for the character of Mr. Freeze in the comics and every other medium the character has appeared in after 1992, and then teased the actual character of Mr. Freeze.
The final thing I didn’t like about this episode is Felicity. Once again we’ve got the bitter, angry Felicity that was the worst part of Arrow season 4, and once again they’ve dragged the baggage of Arrow into the crossover and used it horribly. Everything going on on The Flash and on Supergirl was put aside for this crossover. There was no mention of Nora West-Allen and the thing we saw at the end of the 100th episode, there was no mention of Sherloque and his suspicion of her, there was just whatever was happening for the crossover. Same with whatever’s happening on Supergirl. Clark and Kara talk about it a little bit before Barry and Oliver arrive on Earth-38, but otherwise there’s no mention of it. But, Arrow has to wallow in it’s drama and that’s why sooo many people have stopped watching the show. There’s still plenty of people, like myself, who still watch it on a weekly basis, or binge a batch of episodes at a time, but there’s also plenty of people who stopped watching it because they couldn’t stand the unnecessary drama on the show. So, now that that’s out of the way, let’s dive into everything else!
Okay, so my absolute favourite part was seeing Green Arrow, the Flash, Superman and Supergirl fighting Amazo! Up until this episode Professor Ivo was connected to the events in the flashbacks during Arrow season 2, and everything going on with the Mirakuru and Deathstroke in that season, and Amazo was just the name of the ship that Ivo and his men used to get to Lian Yu. But, finally we got the actual robot, Amazo, one of the Justice League’s villains, and the battle was glorious. I geeked out hard when I saw Superman fighting alongside the Flash and Green Arrow finally. That was beautiful. And then in part three when Deegan (disguised as Superman) got Amazo back and Brainiac 5 (Brainy to all of you who watch Supergirl still) went to fight him, and we saw Martian Manhunter fighting alongside everyone, and then the ending happened and we saw J’onn J’onzz standing beside Superman, Supergirl, the Flash and Green Arrow, my entire geek self just lost it with excitement, because THAT is why I am a fan of DC Comics and why I love The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and want to love Arrow and Supergirl. Seeing those characters together on screen in live action, even if some of them are characters I’m not super familiar with, is exciting.
Batwoman is a bit of an enigma (don’t fight me on my choice of words) because they honestly did not do as much with her as I thought they were going to, especially since they’re setting her up for her own show. However, Ruby Rose did an amazing performance both in and out of the Batwoman costume, and I’m cautiously optimistic that Batwoman is going to be a great show. I’m still holding my breath on that because, once again, The CW can’t use Batman since Gotham is still on for one more season, and so they’re either going to go one of two ways. 1) they’re going to make Batwoman exactly like she is in the comics, and in the animated movie, Batman: Bad Blood in which case I will not be watching because I find that character to be boring and predictable or 2) they’re just going to make her be the Batman, giving her all of Bruce’s traits, character issues, and villains, and as a fan of Batman, I don’t just want a Batman series with a woman in the lead role anymore than I wanted all of Batman’s villains showing up on Gotham when Bruce Wayne is still a kid. Let Batwoman be Batwoman, with her own motivations, her own insecurities and her own villains and don’t squander it like you did Arrow and season 3 of Supergirl. Especially since, from a business standpoint, Batwoman is not a marketable character.
Batwoman is a character that could be very interesting and could appeal to a large audience, but she’s not. She has her fans, but she’s not universally loved and the version they’re using here is really only 12 years old. She was only created in 2006 for the series, 52, which followed Infinite Crisis, and she was used sparingly until 2011 when she got her own comic book series, which was promptly cancelled after the zero issue because, the New 52 started and all of the DC books were being relaunched. Then she got another series, that lasted 41 issues (including a second zero issue in 2012). She then became a co-star alongside Batman in Detective Comics when DC Rebirth started in 2016.
That’s all fine. DC’s biggest mistake was not jumping on putting her in other media once she was created back in 2006. People who don’t read comic books don’t know who this character is and probably don’t care. Especially if they didn’t watch this crossover because they don’t watch these shows. So it’ll be interesting to see how the Batwoman TV show does once it starts airing. I hope it’ll be successful, but chances are it won’t be. Especially if they use her origins from the comics, because she has a military background and is at odds with her father and to me that’s not an interesting character. She’s also a Lesbian in the comics, which could work if Berlanti handles it the way he handled Alex and Maggie on Supergirl and Sara on Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Also they made a big deal out of bringing John Wesley Shipp in as his version of Barry Allen/the Flash from the 1990 TV series, The Flash, even setting him up on his own Earth in the Arrowverse Multiverse, Earth-90. He’s in exactly three minutes of the end of part 2, which was this week’s episode of Arrow, and that’s it. The Monitor zaps him away and we never see him again. It was awesome to see him standing beside Supergirl, Earth-1 Flash, and Green Arrow though. And it also got me thinking that Smallville and The Flash (1990) take place on the same Earth, which would explain why Bart Allen is the sole Speedster on Smallville, with Barry having retired at some point before the pilot of Smallville.
Before I go, because I could talk about this crossover for hours and hours, but my word count is already at almost 1700 words, and I need to eat dinner (over 1700 words now), I would like to say…I KNEW IT! At the end of Arrow when Oliver and Barry meet the Monitor, Mar-Novu (the Monitor) says that a Crisis is coming. Okay we’ve kind of known that since season 1 of The Flash. But in the season premiere of this season of The Flash, the holographic image of the newspaper article that mentions the mission where the Flash disappeared during a battle against some external threat which a team of superheroes, including Green Arrow, Hawkman, Hawkgirl and the Atom, was fighting, had it’s date changed from 2024 to 2019. Okay, great, but what does that have to do with this crossover?
At the end of Supergirl there appeared a title card that said, “Coming in Fall 2019…Crisis on Infinite Earths“. Which is probably the biggest crossover you could do on these shows, because you need Green Arrow, Black Canary, Spartan, Mr. Terrific, Wild Dog, Speedy, Arsenal, the Flash, Killer Frost, Vibe, the Elongated Man, Kid Flash, White Canary, the Atom, Nate, Zari, Vixen, Constantine (if he’s still around), Heat Wave, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Supergirl, Guardian, Superman, Martian Manhunter, Batwoman, and, hopefully, Batman to fight this sort of threat.
But, in the original comic book version from 1985, both Barry Allen/the Flash and Kara Zor-El/Supergirl sacrificed themselves to save the Multiverse from destruction. So, does that mean that they’re going to cancel Supergirl after this season and then bring in those characters for a four way crossover between Arrow (if that show doesn’t end this season), The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman? Because I could see them retooling The Flash so that Wally replaces Barry as the Flash, though there’s been no evidence that Wally replaces Barry after Barry disappears during the Crisis originally mentioned in the pilot as happening in 2024. But, this could also be a way to reverse a lot of convoluted history within certain shows. It could bring Laurel and Tommy back from the dead, it could bring Martin Stein back from the dead and either give Martin and Jax their powers back, restoring Firestorm, or bring back Ronnie Raymond and merge him with Stein or Jax to make a new version of Firestorm, and it could undo a lot of the bad decisions that writers on all of the shows have done, making new story possibilities. Especially if Arrow continues on into an eighth season, because that show needs to be fixed. Badly. So there’s tons of possibilities by doing an adaptation of Crisis on Infinite Earths next year.
Overall I loved this crossover. Part 2 was iffy, just because of the show it was shot for, and I’m still not sure that Batwoman is a show I’m going to watch, but, I liked the character in this crossover, and I’m going to at least watch the first episode to see what they do with her outside of this little bubble that she was introduced in. This was the most fun with a crossover I’ve had since they first had Barry, Cisco, and Caitlin show up on Arrow back during that show’s third season and the first season of The Flash. The past three crossovers have gotten pretty dark and crazy as there were too many characters, even though they tried to minimize the number of characters they used in them and they were heavy even on the lighter, more fun shows like The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Alright that is it for me for now. Apologies for this lengthy dissertation on this year’s Arrowverse crossover, but, I had a lot of fun watching it this year, and I needed to talk about it. I’m finished now. I will be back tomorrow with my review of How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey. So until then have a great evening and I will talk to you all later. May the Force be with you! Live Long and Prosper! Take care!