If there's one thing viewers can clearly take out of this week's season finale of the CW's DC's Legends of Tomorrow "Hey, World!," it's that the time and reality-hopping team definitely won't be sitting out this year's Arrowverse crossover "Crisis on Infinite Earths" – and it doesn't look like they would have had a choice, anyway. From the viewers' perspective, this makes it four-for-four when it comes to season finale "Crisis" cliffhangers – but there's more on that below.
With the DC's Legends of Tomorrow season finale less than 24 hours cold at the time of this writing, we'll keep the specific spoilers to a minimum. Let's just say that the plan to take down Neron (Brandon Routh) results in a major status quo change for Zari (Tala Ashe) – a change that the suddenly-appearing Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) does not appear to approve of in any way, shape, or form. At least he got some popcorn out of it – and yes, that is The Book of Destiny he's using to balance it.
For those not concerned with spoilers, you can check out the scene in question below:
Viewers can't say they weren't warned in advance. At the end of 2018's CW Arrowverse "Elseworlds" crossover that brought together The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl (and nearly DC's Legends of Tomorrow, but they let it go to machine – way too busy for all that), we saw that the end was only the beginning… of the end. As Barry (Grant Gustin) and Oliver (Stephen Amell) shared what felt like a final toast and Kate Kane's Batwoman (Ruby Rose) returned to protecting the streets of Gotham – with a sense that something felt a little off – we got a small taste of what's still to come in 2019…
"Crisis on Infinite Earths!" Worlds will live! Worlds will die!
And the CW's "Arrowverse" will never be the same…
At CW's 2019 May Upfronts presentation last week, the network offered a few "'Crisis' management" clues for info-starved fans. This year's "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover will include Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman; the entire story will be five hours long; and the event will air over two quarters (3 episodes in December 2019, 2 episodes January 2020). There were initial concerns that DC's Legends of Tomorrow would not be involved – as the series won't be returning until midseason – but it would appear those matters have been resolved.
Curiously enough, Black Lightning is not listed as participating in the crossover event – surprising considering the "infinte earths" aspect lends itself to "guest appearances" from a number of televised DC properties (past and present) that aren't directly connected to the CW's "Arrowverse." With that said? We're trusting our
For most of their respective seasons, things have been "All Quiet on the 'Crisis' Front" when it came to Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl – but that changed in a big way during their respective season finales.
In Arrow season finale "You Have Saved This City," the Monitor returns to cash in on the favor that Oliver owes him: help him save the multiverse – taking a moment to tell him the "fine print": Oliver's going to die during "Crisis" and there's nothing the Monitor can do to stop it.
Then there's that matter of Future Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and the trip she's taking with the Monitor to see Oliver… somewhere… and it's apparently a place she can't come back from. Hmmm…
Meanwhile over at The Flash season finale "Legacy," some recent maneuverings with Time has moved up the date on Barry's "red skies/2024" newspaper warning just a wee bit… to say, 2019?
The fourth season finale of Supergirl "The Quest for Peace" included an ominous conversation between Eve (Andrea Brooks) and a creepy old lady regarding Leviathan being "everywhere" and "everyone" (think Unity from Rick and Morty… but without good intentions), before cutting to the location shown in the image Garrett tweeted out before airing:
The Monitor is speaking to a hooded figure, telling him that now is the time for him to lead "his people" and to take revenge on his captor… and brother: J'onn J'onzz (David Harewood). Meanwhile, just because Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) may have shuffled off this mortal coil (???) doesn't mean his role in the upcoming "Crisis" is over quite yet…