"Crisis on Infinite Earths": Batman '89 Universe's Role Revealed

Even before “Crisis on Infinite Earths” premiered on The CW tonight, fans already expected to see several cameos by different DC characters. The crossover event contained places, people and things from across the DC Universe. As a result, it made Crisis on Infinite Earths one of the most anticipated crossover events. In October, sources confirmed that 1989’s Batman would make an appearance in Crisis on Infinite Earths. Robert Wuhl seemed to be reprising his role as Alexander Knox. However, there was no saying what role 1989’s Batman was expected to play until the release of Crisis. 

1989 Batman’s Role in Crisis on Infinite Earths

Now that “Crisis on Infinite Earths” finally premiered, fans now know what Batman ‘89 had to do with the event. It certainly is a testament that shows how serious “Crisis on Infinite Earths” really is. The beginning of Crisis almost immediately jumps into the looming issue of the anti-matter passing through all the different realities. After a disturbing voiceover of the attack on the multiverse, the scene shifts to Earth-89. Batman essentially took place in this reality, and soon we see Alexander Knox sitting on a park bench and reading the newspaper. Behind Knox, the sky is red and there is a Bat Signal evidently projected onto the sky. Knox then says, “I hope you’re watching, big guy.”

Unavoidable Fate For Different Earths

Unfortunately, even if the “big guy” is watching, there’s not much he can do about it. Earth-89’s fate is unavoidably sealed, as well the fate of several versions of Earth. The wave of anti-matter eventually consumes and destroys them, wiping them out just like Earth-2 in Arrow’s S8 premiere.

Marc Guggeinheim’s Plans For Crisis

Earlier in the year, Arrow co-creator Marc Guggenheim confirmed his plans for the destruction of various realities of Earth. “Basically, we’re gonna begin — this is exclusive — we’re gonna begin the way Crisis on Infinite Earths the comic begins. It is the destruction of various parallel universes. The goal is for us to adapt key moments from the comic, those seminal moments”. Guggenheim shared during San Diego Comic-Con. “In fact, yesterday I pitched to the network about the storyline and the best part of the pitch, we have a board that DC made up for me, which covers from key issues of Crisis on Infinite Earths. And we’re like, ‘We’re gonna do our version of this, we’re gonna do our version of this, we’re gonna do our version of this.’ Our goal is, the thing we’ve been saying, is we’re going to make a list of 100 cool things that we want to do. And even if we only get to do 50, we’re still doing 50 cool things.”

Source: Comicbook, CBR

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