Way back in the first episode of The Flash, Eobard Thawne is examining a newspaper from his future. The headline: Flash Missing, Vanishes In Crisis. Although we haven’t yet seen any other indications of a build-up to a Crisis level event, it is not beyond the realm of possibility.
The current roster of heroes from The CW is over a dozen long now with more potentially on the way. John Wesley Shipp may be more grey than he was during his stint as the original Flash series, but this would make him ideal for another Earther – an older and slower Flash. Constantine could come back from the fiery pits to help the heroes. J’onn and Kara could swoop in to save the day. Rip Hunter could crash the Waverider into Star City as his future disintegrates, and he is the only one able to escape to warn the Legends.
Depending on which Crisis we’re talking about, it could be handled in different ways. Psycho-Pirate is an insane meta-human who could easily be drummed up from an Earth-2 asylum. Vandal Savage could use his generous life experience to aid the villain of the story. There is enough Time Masters in the council for a few to go rough and add to the line-up. Put together, we could have a Crisis on Infinite (well, three) Earths. Maybe throw in a few elements from Zero Hour and create an entirely new Crisis just for CW.
Most of the Crises to date have revolved around the destruction and creations of various Earths. With Flash able to pop back and forth between realities, he could conceivably sense or witness the death of one. With Infinite Crisis beyond the range of currently available heroes and Final Crisis just a tad too ambitious, let’s review the basic storylines for Zero Hour and Crisis on Infinite Earths and how The CW could handle them.
Crisis on Infinite Earths:
- The Monitor is killed and all Earths are threatened.
- Psych-Pirate is recruited by the Anti-Monitor. I’m picturing an Earth-2 scene.
- Several fight scene are merged into one. CW + Constantine + Supergirl = plot device.
- The heroes try to prevent the necessary technology being created for the Anti-Monitor to succeed. They fail. Back in the present, a confrontation between the Spectre (or collective CW magic users) clash with the Anti-Monitor and the sheer amount of power shatters space-time to recreate an entirely new reality composed of elements from the previous ones.
- The Anti-Monitor reappears and the forces face down for a final time.
- Anomalies in time start appearing, such as alternate versions of heroes. CW could have a Shipp-Flash appear before a Gustin-Flash.
- Different parts of the past and future start disappearing: Cue the Waverider.
- The villain of the piece is revealed: Let’s leave that part to the CW.
- A showdown between the villains and the heroes with several deaths and an epic fight-scene.
Elements from Flashpoint, various Crises, and Zero Hour could all be merged together to form something completely new for the Arrowverse. There’s been no real sign that a Crisis story is imminent, but it’s definitely something we would love to see one day.