We've officially made it to one of the greatest months of the year: October – which means The CW's "Arrowverse" shows have started sticking some sweet superhero three-point landings with the returns fans have seen so far. Arrow is shuffling off the network's programming coil after an abbreviated 10-episode eighth season (making The Flash the "elder states-show" of the "Arrowverse"), Ruby Rose-starrer Batwoman joining the family alongside Supergirl, and a looming "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover that could change things dramatically – including Black Lightning this time around… and Lucifer???
The CW DCU 2019-2020 season isn't exactly going to be lacking in change – and the news still hasn't slowed down, especially with the roadtrip to "Crisis" now underway.
While social media may have been losing its collective sh*t over the past week regarding "news" that Tom Ellis would be taking his Lucifer lead over to the Arrowverse to help take down the Anti-Monitor, leave it to none other than Ellis to bring everything back to (a disappointing) reality.
Speaking on the fifth-season set of the Netflix series, Ellis clarified to ET's Katie Krause that he was in Vancouver "to visit my friend for his birthday" and that he would not be appearing in the event series:
— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) October 18, 2019
Last week, Canadagraphs reported that Ellis had taken a break from filming to make an appearance on set during "Crisis" filming. In the tweet below, Ellis is mentioned as being in a scene with David Ramsey (John Diggle), Katherine McNamara (Mia Smoak), and Matt Ryan (John Constantine).
There was a scene with at least 4 actors tonight at the set.
David Ramsey, Katherine McNamara and Matt Ryan…. no surprises there.
They did a scene with Tom Ellis dressed like Lucifer Morningstar.
Yes, you read that correct.#CrisisOnInfiniteEarths
— Canadagraphs (@canadagraphs) October 12, 2019
While the only way we will officially know is when "Crisis" actually hits our screens, for now? Looks like the mega-crossover is going to stay Lucifer-free… for now.
"Crisis on Infinite Earths!" Worlds will live! Worlds will die!
And the CW's "Arrowverse" will never be the same…
The season's eighth episode will be the "Crisis" crossover episode – comprising the fourth hour of the crossover:
Supergirl – Sunday, December 8th (8/7c)
Batwoman – Monday, December 9th (8/7c)
The Flash – Tuesday, December 10th (8/7c)
Arrow – Tuesday, January 14, 2020 (8/7c)
DC's Legends of Tomorrow – Tuesday, January 14, 2020 (9/8c)
Black Lightning will also be represented during the crossover event… and yes, legendary Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy will star as a future version of Bruce Wayne. We're even getting 60's Batman "boy wonder" Burt Ward making an appearance.
If that wasn't enough, Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch are returning as "The Man of Steel" and Lois Lane… alongside another of the crossover's Supermen: Brandon Routh (DC's Legends of Tomorrow), returning to the cape for the first time since his cinematic turn in Superman Returns, portraying the Kingdom Come version of the iconic superhero.
Still not enough Superman? How about Smallville co-stars Tom Welling and Erica Durance joining the crossover as Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane, respectively (and rumblings that someone from Smallville isn't too happy about the way they were approached regarding being a part of "Crisis").
Johnathon Schaech's Jonah Hex (DC's Legends of Tomorrow) is also set to saddle up for the crossover, and John Wesley Shipp will be reprising his role as The Flash of Earth-90. Ashley Scott will be returning to the role of Helena Kyle aka Huntress from The WB's short-run 2002 series Birds of Prey.
Osric Chau will recur in the role of physics professor Ryan Choi, who would take on his idol Ray Palmer's (Routh in DC's Legends of Tomorrow) former position at Ivy University – with the future Justice Leaguer following in his footsteps in the "hero department" as well.
Let's not forget Arrow co-star Audrey Marie Anderson's Lyla Michaels, who is set (appropriately enough) for the role of The Monitor's Harbinger; and The Flash multitasker Tom Cavanagh on board as bad-luck sign Pariah.