More news has been released on the Arrowverse crossover: “Crisis on Infinite Earths”. Every year the CW universe crossover gets bigger and bigger and this year it will be bringing on board many DC legacy stars to reprise their famous superhero roles, including Brandon Routh as Superman, Kevin Conroy as Batman and most likely Burt Ward as Robin
Now the CW is confirming with TV Insider that John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen on the original The Flash series in 1990-91 on CBS, will be appearing in the upcoming five-part Crisis on Infinite Earths Arrowverse crossover, which begins this December on The CW.
So far Shipp has played three separate characters: Henry Allen, Jay Garrick and the Barry Allen of Earth-90. Henry (Barry Allen’s dad) died in Season 2. In Season 4, Jay announced his plan to train a new Flash for Earth-3, after which he would retire from the superhero life. Shipp then last appeared as The Flash of Earth-90 in last year’s Elseworlds crossover. He vanished during a battle with the Anti-Monitor in that storyline. It was left unclear whether he’d been disintegrated or displaced in time and space, though.
It’s not currently clear who Shipp will be playing, but fans are hopeful it will be a version of The Flash.
When he did the 90s suit many people reacted positively to it and John Wesley had this to say:
“Watching everybody’s reaction” to his return as The Flash “makes my heart very full,” he said.
“The excitement comes from my colleagues,” he added. “I walked on set in the original suit and (Gustin) Grant said, ‘Man, this is the coolest thing we’ve ever done!’ I’ve never seen this cast as excited as they are for this crossover. Usually I come in after the crossover for the midseason finale, and everybody’s like, ‘Yeah, it was fun, but it was a lot of work.’ This year, everybody is embracing this opportunity. It’s so great, it’s so well-written, it’s so integrated to all three shows and has implications going forward. Everybody’s really excited.”
Comic book fans will remember that during the 1985 Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline, the Flash sacrificed himself to stop the Anti-Monitor’s plans to destroy the multiverse. DC Comics at the time wanted to reset several plot flaws and character origins by placing stories on one earth rather then a multiverse. Ironically, both the Flash and Supergirl perished in the storyline only to return years later after DC Comics reinstated the multiverse.
Crisis on Infinite Earths will air as follows:
Arrow, Season 8, Tuesday, October 15, 9/8c, The CW
The Flash, Season 6, Tuesday, October 8, 8/7c, The CW
Supergirl, Season 5, Sunday, October 6, 9/8c, The CW
Black Lightning, Season 3, Monday, October 7, 9/7c, The CW
DC Legends of Tomorrow, Season 5, January, 2020, The CW