Hard to believe we're mid-summer already: before you know it, we're going to find ourselves in the middle of the fall – and with that comes the return of the CW's "Arrowverse" shows. Now with Arrow shuffling off the network's programming coil with an abbreviated eighth season (making The Flash the "elder states-show" of the "Arrowverse"), the high-anticipated Ruby Rose-starrer Batwoman joining the family, and a looming "Crisis" crossover that's expected to change things dramatically, the 2019-2020 season isn't lacking in action – and we're still three months away!
Taking advantage of the pre-season prep time this summer, The Flash went looking for a new scientist for its sixth season, one that is a "socially awkward, African-American genius in math and science (who specifically is a bit obsessed with aliens and their tech)." The series was also reportedly looking for a "new male Big Bad," with the show's producers considering "diverse actors" for the part. We had Jessica Parker Kennedy (see below) leaving the door open a sliver for a possible return, and Hartley Sawyer lightening the mood a bit with a humorous way of marking the start of filming.
So now with filming currently underway, Danielle Panabaker has officially revealed the costume that Cisco (Carlos Valdes) gifted Caitlin/Killer Frost at the end of last season. Our first thoughts? Very stream-lined and looks cool-yet-practical – probably the most "bad-ass" and visually intimidating look for the character so far. Definitely makes a good impression on the first day of class:
When you show up to the first day of school in your brand new outfit. pic.twitter.com/Qp36hfKLig
— Danielle Panabaker (@dpanabaker) July 10, 2019
Panabaker already has one fan of the new look… one with a little "Speed Force" street cred (and someone we hope returns for "Crisis"):
— John Wesley Shipp (@JohnWesleyShipp) July 10, 2019
Last month, Kennedy was asked if she would return to the role of Nora West-Allen, with the infinite opportunities afforded by "Crisis" making a return more than possible.
"With comic book characters, anything could happen. She's gone for now, but I think that there's always a way to bring somebody back, on a show like that, and I definitely would be happy to do something like that. But yeah, as far as I know, she's gone, for the moment."
Did Someone Say "Crisis on Infinite Earths"?
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 (Amell) shared what felt like a final toast and Kate Kane's Batwoman (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, 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 the announcement resolved that matter.
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 properties. With that said? We're trusting our instincts, which tell us the Pierce family will be residing in the "Arrowverse" by the time the red skies clear.
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… even for DC's Legends of Tomorrow!
In Arrow season finale "You Have Saved This City," the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) 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…
Over at The Flash season finale "Legacy," some recent maneuverings with Time 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" had The Monitor 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…
DC's Legends of Tomorrow season finale "Hey, World!" found the plan to take down Neron (Brandon Routh) resulting in a major status quo change for Zari (Tala Ashe) – a change that the suddenly-appearing Monitor 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.
The CW's Batwoman and Supergirl premiere Sunday, October 6; while The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 8, with Arrow joining them on October 15. Black Lightning premieres the following week, on Monday, October 21.