Great Caesar’s Ghost! The two-part finale of television’s Crisis on Infinite Earths event has aired, and there is so much to unpack. Worlds were reborn, old friends returned, new friends were introduced, and we had some amazing cameos. We previously unpacked the Easter eggs for parts 1, 2, and 3. And now we’re going to take a look at what we found in the final two episodes...
Be warned, there are spoilers ahead!
Flashbacks reveal the Monitor’s early days on the planet Maltus. Maltus was once home to the Guardians of the Universe, and was first seen in 1970’s Green Lantern #81. In the comics, the Monitor’s birthplace was Oa, another world occupied by the Guardians. Some of the Monitor’s actions, like studying the birth of the multiverse and accidentally creating the Anti-Monitor, were performed in the comics by a former Guardian named Krona.
While traveling through the Speed Force, the Paragons revisit pivotal moments from the history of the Arrowverse, including the 2016 Invasion crossover, the 2018 Elseworlds crossover, the death of Sara Lance, and Oliver Queen’s first meeting with Barry Allen. While revisiting that moment, Grant Gustin (Barry Allen) and Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen) are wearing the same clothes they wore in their character’s first scene together back in 2013.
One of the biggest surprises of the night was when Flash came face-to-face with another version of himself played by Ezra Miller. This surprise cameo was one of the best kept secrets of the crossover, and established the 2017 Justice League film as a larger part of the multiverse. We have lots of thoughts about this moment -- in fact, we've got a whole article about their universe-shattering meeting.
Lex Luthor refers to Flash as “Fleet Feet,” which was a nickname given to the comics version of Kid Flash by his Teen Titans teammates. Lex also playfully calls his team-up with the Monitor “the brave and the bald” which is an homage to DC’s classic team-up title The Brave and the Bold.
The Spectre’s high-stakes struggle against the Anti-Monitor is taken from the original comic storyline, wherein the Spirit of Vengeance led an army of heroes against the villain. Both versions ended with the Anti-Monitor temporarily defeated, and the world reborn as a combined version of the mutliple Earths.
Since it was Oliver Queen who recreated the multiverse, the term "Arrowverse" is more relevant than ever. The plot point can be seen as a tribute to the way Stephen Amell’s success as Oliver launched an entire DC television franchise of shows. As his character says, “I’ll light the spark, you fan the flame."
The final hour of Crisis began with the heroes trying to make sense of a new combined Earth they have no memory of, which was a big part of the story in Crisis on Infinite Earths #11.
The fanboy name Marv who approaches Supergirl and Flash for autographs is none other than legendary comics writer Marv Wolfman. He’s best known for co-creating the New Teen Titans and writing the original Crisis on Infinite Earths comic series. But Supergirl and Flash might want to watch their step around Marv, since he’s responsible for both of them dying in the comics! Wolfman also co-wrote the Arrow chapter of the television crossover event, bringing his Crisis legacy full circle.
The giant blue furball known as Beebo doesn’t have any comic book origins, but this isn’t his first encounter with Sara Lance’s crew. If you haven’t been watching Legends of Tomorrow, you’ve been missing some crazy stuff. While Beebo is an original character, the magician who conjured him was not. Sargon the Sorcerer is a DC magic user who dates all the way back to 1941’s All-American Comics #26. In the comics he uses his powers for good, but it appears his television counterpart prefers bank robberies.
During a scene in which Ryan Choi and Ray Palmer discuss the subatomic world, Ryan Choi says he likes to call it “the Microverse.” Ray Palmer says he’s concerned about trademark issues, and that’s probably because another scientist -- whose adventures were published by a distinguished competitor -- used that name for a dimension he discovered. That’s right, folks, Crisis on Infinite Earths had Ray Palmer allude to Marvel. We told you this crossover was comprehensive! The DC version of the Microverse was discovered by Ray Palmer in DC Universe: Rebirth #1.
While coordinating the final battle with the Anti-Monitor, Gardner Pier and Perez Landing are both listed as landmarks. Gardner Pier refers to Gardner Fox, the fabled DC writer who co-created the Flash and introduced the multiverse concept in 1961’s Flash #123. Perez Landing is an homage to George Perez, the talented DC artist who co-created the New Teen Titans, and illustrated the original Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series.
Like his comic counterpart, the Anti-Monitor grows into a giant for his last stand against the heroes. At a turning point in the battle, Supergirl prepares to charge at the Anti-Monitor in order to save her cousin. In Crisis on Infinite Earths #7, Supergirl lost her life at this moment. Although we’re briefly teased Kara may suffer the same fate, a last-minute assist from Ray Palmer ensures this version of Supergirl survives.
The final act featured a montage of worlds on the reborn multiverse, which reunited us with old friends and introduced us to some new ones. First we visited Earth-2, where we got our first look at Stargirl, S.T.R.I.P.E. and the Justice Society! You'll see them soon on DC Universe and we can’t wait to watch them in action.
Our next stop was Earth-12 which appears to be home to the Green Lantern Corps. Some fans thought this was footage from the 2011 Green Lantern film, but could it possibly be a hint at the upcoming HBO Max Green Lantern series?
Speaking of Green, the scene then cut to Earth-19 which was the home of Swamp Thing. It was good to see you again Alec!
From there we went to Earth-9 where our friends from DC Universe’s Titans were alive and well. We were a little heartbroken when they were killed in part 1, but it’s nice to see that they’re back since their third season will be debuting this fall.
Next was Earth-21, home to the Doom Patrol. We’re not sure why they were dancing, but that’s pretty on-brand for them. Maybe their celebrating their upcoming second season? Interestingly this confirms that despite sharing actors, DC Universe’s Doom Patrol and Titans are on separate Earths. This has been the subject of debate for some time.
Our trip through the new multiverse ends on Earth-96, where the Brandon Routh version of Superman is flying over Earth. The shot is an homage to the end of the classic Christopher Reeve Superman films, and the soundtrack briefly plays a few notes from John Williams iconic Superman theme. Superman’s S now has the color yellow again, and is no longer in its Kingdom Come black. Perhaps the new universe altered his history and removed the darkness.
We then return to the home of our main heroes, which is now being identified as Earth-Prime. There have been a few different versions of Earth-Prime over the years, with the original one first appearing in 1968’s The Flash #179. Earth-Prime was originally considered “the real world” where all heroes were fictional characters, and the writers of DC Comics lived. Occasionally the DC heroes would visit Earth-Prime and meet their creators.
If you were a fan of the Super Friends cartoon growing up, the final scene was for you! The exterior of the warehouse (which had previously been seen in the 2016 Invasion crossover) was modeled after the Hall of Justice. As Barry unveils the new conference table, the cries of a monkey can be heard, and the camera pans to an empty cage labeled Gleek. The soundtrack plays a few notes from the Super Friends intro theme before this crossover takes its final bow. Gleek was the extraterrestrial monkey companion of the Wonder Twins during their tenure on the team. Monkeys make everything more fun, and now that Gleek has been teased, we know that whatever the Arrowverse does after Crisis is going to be more fun than a barrel of space monkeys!