- When Oliver Queen destroyed the Book of Destiny in "Elseworlds, Part 3".
- When Lyla says she knows Leonard, he replies by saying "Always pleased to meet a fan", referencing Earth-1 Snart's quote from "Rogue Air". - When Oliver brought back Sara Lance in "Restoration", and his sister Thea Queen in "The Fallen".
- Thea Queen destroyed all Lazarus Pits inbetween The Thanatos Guild and Leap of Faith.
- A callback to "Revenge of the Rogues" occurs when Lyla visits Earth-74. Leonard asks Lyla how she'd like to die. Mick finishes the question by asking "By the flame or the frost?"
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Kevin Conroy discussed with Entertainment Weekly how the "Crisis" role took him by surprise, stating how the experience of playing Batman for the first time in live-action "threw him" at first. "I never approached this character from that physicalized aspect. I always just inhabited him with my voice," Conroy said. "When you do that in a recording studio, it's a very intimate experience and you're sort of living in your own imagination. You do it with your eyes closed and you're in this other world, and you have Mark Hamill feeding you [need], and the other actors (because we always recorded together in the booths.)" "To actually be on the set, in the physical world, and to be walking as the character and inhabiting the character in three dimensions, it was a real transition for me," he added. "It did take a while to get used to, I have to admit. I was surprised because I know the character so well."
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Executive producer Marc Guggenheim spoke of Kevin Conroy, "He is stupendous, He is Bruce Wayne. [It's] just a lot of fun to see this actor who we all mainly know from voice work being on camera. It was really exciting." Conroy's appearance in "Crisis" is the result of a dream. "One of the things that was always on my bucket list is that I wanted to see old Bruce Wayne," says Guggenheim. "We talked about a variety of different casting possibilities, but [Legends of Tomorrow showrunner] Keto Shimizu, who is a huge animated Batman fan, pointed out that Kevin is the right age. We reached out to Kevin and he couldn't have been more lovely and more game for it."
On Earth-75, Lois & Clark see a video of her doppelganger crying over Superman's dead body a reference to The Death of Superman comic in which he dies saving the world from Doomsday.
Brandon Routh wore blue contact lenses for his dual role of Earth-96 Superman, a reference to how he wore them in Superman Returns (2006).
Sara tells Harbinger that she promised her crew no more crossovers, a breaking the fourth wall joke referring to how the Legends weren't part of the Elseworlds crossover.
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The Earth-99 Bruce Wayne has mementos/trophies of a bloody Joker card, The Riddler's cane, Mr. Freeze's jar that contained the ice sculpture of his wife Nora Fries, and possibly a plant under glass that may signify Poison Ivy and the glasses of that Earth's Clark Kent.
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Earth-99 is a reference to when Batman Beyond came out in 1999. Kevin Conroy played an older Bruce Wayne (actually much older than this one), who took a new young man under his wing to make sure that there would always be the new Batman of the future.
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John Williams's theme from Superman: The Movie (as well as the love theme from that film, "Can You Read My Mind?"); Danny Elfman's Batman theme from the 1989 Tim Burton film; and the Batman: The Animated Series score can be heard throughout the episode.
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Largely in various animated films and TV series, Kevin Conroy has been playing Bruce Wayne/Batman for almost 30 years, longer than any other actor. He was also the first actor to use two distinct voices for Bruce and his alter ego.
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Earth-99 Bruce Wayne mocks Kara as she's suffering the first effects of the Kryptonite poisoning, referring to the alien rock as "a little souvenir from the old hometown." Lex Luthor used that exact line to describe it in Superman: The Movie (1978).
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This is not the first time that Lois has made that "Brawny lumberjack" joke about Earth-167's Clark. The first time was on Smallville.
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On Earth-167, a series of Daily Planet headlines can be seen, among them "Caped Wonder Stuns City" and "I Spent the Night With Superman." Both of these were headlines glimpsed in Superman (1978).
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Earth-167 Clark catches Earth-38's Lex's punch and socks him in the face in a reversal of what happened the last time a depowered Clark fought his Lex on Smallville.
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The heat vision used by Superman-96 is almost identical to the VFX used for the heat vision in Superman Returns (2006), in which Brandon Routh first appeared as the Man of Steel.
Earth-99 Bruce says "Clark always said yes to anything with a badge or a flag." That's a direct quote from Frank Miller's Batman comics, where Bruce and Clark's friendship is, at best, uneasy and Bruce never trusts him. More Frank Miller Batman quotes include "Life only makes sense if you force it to."
Giving Brandon's Superman gray hair at the temples isn't just a Kingdom Come reference, it's a crucial piece of DC history, as well. In the original Crisis on Infinite Earths story, the Superman of Earth-2 was a central character. While Earth-2 is now long gone in the Arrowverse, it served a very different purpose in the classic DC Comics, where it was the home of the original versions of their heroes and villains as they were first published. So the Superman of Earth-2 was the one who first appeared in Action Comics #1, he eventually married Lois Lane, became editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet (as Clark is here), etc. His hair was gray at the temples and his "S" was slightly more stylized to make it easier to distinguish him from his younger Earth-1 counterpart. Brandon's Superman seems to be filling that role here
Bruce bitterly refers to Superman as a "strange visitor from another planet, with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men." That was part of the opening narration to nearly every episode of The Adventures of Superman radio show in the 1940s, as well as that decade's Fleischer Studios Superman cartoons, and the 1950s Adventures of Superman TV series.
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This marks the first ever time that Oliver appears, but has no lines.
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Earth-96, the home of the Brandon Routh Superman, is likely given that distinction becasue of the publishing date for Kingdom Come, the series that gives us that version of the costume. The backstory of how the Planet was taken out was also lifted from Kingdom Come, and the newspaper about the gas attack, seen behind Clark Kent in one scene featured an illustration by Alex Ross (artist of Kingdom Come) and an article credited to Mark Waid (its writer).
Kara calls Lex a "poisonous snake." That's a direct quote from the end of Superman II (1980), after Lex Luthor betrays Superman and Lois to the three Phantom Zone villains.
The Smallville version of Clark has voluntarily given up his powers after a successful career as Superman to retire to the Kent Farm with Lois and start a family. This is almost identical to the ending of Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?. This version of Clark is missing the pencil mustache. He also has daughters instead of a son like the mainline Clark, which brings to mind Superman: Secret Identity.
Earth-96 Superman refers to his son as Jason, which is the name of the child Lois had in Superman Returns (2006). While she had married Perry White's son after Superman left, Jason later exhibited powers that made it clear he was Superman's child.
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Ruby Rose and Melissa Benoist helped Kevin Conroy overcome this initial obstacle on how to approach his character. "Everybody was so generous to work with. I can't emphasize how enough how welcoming everyone was, especially Ruby. She is so open and giving. I just fell into her eyes at one point and we just connected on camera. It was wonderful," he says, adding that it was "amazing" to work with Benoist, too. "I felt like I was working with old friends I'd known for years. There was just such trust there that I could open up to them on camera."
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First time that Tom Welling and Erica Durance have played Clark Kent and Lois Lane since the Smallville (2001) series finale eight years earlier. Durance likely would not have returned had Welling not agreed to return; to her, playing the character with someone else would feel like cheating on him.
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Brandon Routh wearing the Superman costume on Earth-96 was designed by Alex Ross from Kingdom Come. In that story by Ross and Mark Waid, Superman goes into a kind of self-imposed exile after the death of Lois Lane at the hands of the Joker. When he returns, he's wearing that "S" with the black field, both to indicate that he means business and also as a note of mourning for Lois Lane and others who have died in his absence.
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The Monitor saying that the "Bat of the Future" would seem to further the connection, as Batman Beyond had the Market-Based Title of Batman of the Future in some regions.
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After informing Kara and Kate that the Kate of Earth-99 died five years ago, he mentions two supervillains who could be capable of taking her form. The first is Clayface, who is essentially dead, as Bruce describes him as "a puddle of mud." The other is Jane Doe, a serial killer adept at assuming the identities of her targets.
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Lex refers to The Monitor's crew as the "Superfriends," a reference to the classic animated series about the Justice League.
Lois clobbering Lex is similar to the climax of Superman II (1980) when she tells Ursa, "you're a real pain in the neck", before delivering a right hook to the Kryptonian villain's jaw.
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Brandon Routh's Superman is adapted from the comics' "Kingdom Come" storyline.
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The grandfather clock in Wayne Manor leads down to the Batcave, an entrance that Supergirl was scoping out with her x-ray vision.
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Luke Fox's immediate rejection of Kate introducing herself as Bruce's cousin, and closing the door in her face, feels like a pretty logical extension of how he reacted when she first presented herself to him in the pilot, saying essentially that she wasn't the first person to show up out of nowhere and claim to be related to Bruce.
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In addition to Perry White, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen, the Daily Planet memorial wall includes the name of Ron Troupe, a lesser-known character created after the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths reboot of the Superman titles.
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Clark of Earth-167 gave up his powers, he never really wanted them in the first place. However, the fact that he gave them up in order to have children is reminiscent of how he renounced his Kryptonian birthright in Superman II in order to be with Lois.
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Earth-99 Bruce Wayne shares similarities with various Batmen: Bruce's appearance as an old man with a metallic exoskeleton is based off the Kingdom Come storyline. Bruce's views on Superman is reminiscent on The Dark Knight Returns comic and Ben Affleck's character from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This is referenced by Bruce's dialogue towards Supergirl. Bruce drives the same Batmobile as the 1989 Batman.
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When Iris, Lois, and Clark are trying to warn Clark (Tom Welling) that Lex is coming to kill him, Clark replies "I didn't know the president was in town." In the "Smallville" series finale, a flash-forward to 2018 revealed that Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) had been elected President of the United States.
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John Constantine's second ever appearance was in Crisis on Infinite Earths #4.
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In one scene of "The Flash: Elseworlds, Part 1 (2018)", Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) calls Clark (Tyler Hoechlin) "Smallville"; viewed independently, it can be seen as an homage to Smallville (2001), but with the retroactive connection of the series to the Arrowverse, it could also be considered a character trait that Lois shares across the multiverse.
The "Tome of the Guardians," as The Monitor refers to it, is almost certainly a quiet reference to The Book of Oa. In the comics, the Book of Oa is a massive book held in the Citadel of Oa. Created long ago, the Book contains the history of the Guardians of the Universe and the Green Lantern Corps. One member of the Green Lantern Corps is selected by the Guardians as Keeper of the Book of Oa, a highly honored position.
Earth-99 Bruce Wayne's monologue pulls lines right out of Frank Miller's seminal Batman story The Dark Knight Returns, accusing Superman of being too complacent/complicit with the government and "Life only makes sense if you force it to."
When Kate and Kara visit Earth-99, hints of the Batman: The Animated Series theme can be heard.
Harbinger appears to have been infected by Shadow Demons and is thus vulnerable to the Anti-Monitor's influence. This happened in the very first chapter of the comics version of Crisis on Infinite Earths.
This episode had the least amount of main cast members, with only three.
Earth-96 Superman mentions that this isn't the first time he's gone nuts and fought himself (despite Superman Returns treating the film where that happened as Canon Discontinuity). He also lost his loved ones to "a reject from Gotham", which calls to mind Kingdom Come and more loosely Injustice: Gods Among Us. The picture showing the infamous attack directly uses an Alex Ross panel from Kingdom Come. As well, his fight with the Earth-38 Superman has shades of Kal-El vs. Kal-L from Infinite Crisis.
The cobwebbed Batman suit in the cave on Earth-99 appears to be the same model as the Earth-1 batsuit.
On Earth-96 Superman via the Daily Planet headline, and the green gas emanating from the Planet offices in that photo would seem to indicate that the Joker was involved.
The Earth-96 Daily Planet globe resembles the one from Superman (1978).
This episode took place primarily on Earth-1, Earth-96, Earth-99, Earth-18 and Earth-167, plus a small appearance from Earth-74 and Earth-75. However Earth-38, Earth-92, Earth-67 and Earth-3 were all mentioned and/or pictured.
While Kate Kane and Kara Zor-El started to develop a relationship in "Elseworlds" and continued along that vein in the first part of "Crisis on Infinite Earths," the big-picture conversations about hope and fate that they are having in this episode feels a lot like a similar conversation that the Earth-1 Supergirl in the comics had with Batgirl during the Crisis on Infinite Earths miniseries.
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Leonard Snart as the voice of "Leonard," the AI voice of a Waverider from an alternate Earth. In that world, where the Legends are retired, Mick Rory live on The Waverider, the place a mess of beer cans and we assume stolen treasures from all throughout history, a reference to Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson), who provided the voice of the Nazi Waverider in "Crisis on Earth-X" because its captain/owner was that world's version of Oliver Queen.
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Everyone is in different stages of grief following Oliver's death. Sara is quick to accept his death and as a result is already in the Acceptance stage. Kara tries to accept, but she becomes furious upon learning that Luthor has been resurrected by the Monitor when the latter could have saved Oliver, so she's somewhere between the Anger and Bargaining stages. Barry and Mia, on the other hand, are stuck in the Denial phase. They vehemently refuse to accept Oliver's death and plan to resurrect him using the Lazarus Pit. Kara is firmly in Denial over the destruction of Earth-38.
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Caged Passion is the name of Mick Rory's romance novel, first hinted at in the Legends season three episode "Here I Go Again," and later published to some acclaim under a pseudonym.
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For his part, Kevin Conroy "jumped at" the offer when the producers approached him because he has "always wanted to do it on camera," says the actor. "There's a real loyalty among the [Batman: The Animated Series] fanbase and an interest in seeing me do it on-camera as well. So I think they thought this was an opportunity to take advantage of that interest."
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Michael Rosenbaum and Alan Ritchson were both asked to reprise their roles as Lex Luthor and Aquaman for Crisis, but Ritchson had to turn down due to scheduling with another project and Rosenbaum was unhappy with the size of the role and the low pay offered to him.
Luke Fox was first introduced in a Batman Beyond comic book.
Both the main Superman march and strains of "Can You Read My Mind," the Lois and Superman love theme from those films can be heard.
The "Red Daughter" story arc in season 4 of Supergirl (2015) was an interpretation of the three-issue "Red Son" miniseries where Kal-El landed in the Soviet Union instead of Kansas. The story also very loosely inspired the Smallville (2001) episode "Smallville: Luthor (2010)", in which Clark travels to a parallel world where Lionel Luthor found him after the Smallville meteor shower instead of the Kents; during the attempt to return to his reality, he learns that instead of being warm and compassionate, his doppelganger is a cold, apathetic sociopath.
Earth-18 is named because it's a Wild West style Earth, hence the 1800s.
When the two Supermen were fighting, Lois says to Superman from Earth-96: Kal-El, remember who you are. Which is a reference to the same line spoken by Wonder Woman in the Justice League movie.
The whole subplot regarding the Lazarus Pit on Earth-18 courted a lot of confusion and reaction from fans, many of whom wondered why the pits were being explored again in the first place. Some also pointed out the hypocrisy of traveling to another Earth to use a pit on Oliver something that was shot down when Earth-1 Laurel Lance/Black Canary tragically died years ago.
In "The Flash: Elseworlds, Part 1 (2018)", when Oliver and Barry travel to Earth-38 to seek Kara's help, the transition music is Remy Zero's "Save Me", which was the theme song to Smallville (2001).
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After being freed from Luthor's influence, Superman of Earth-96 says, "This isn't the first time I've gone nuts and fought myself," referring to his being split by artificial kryptonite in Superman III (1983) into good and evil versions. Superman Returns (2006), when it hit theaters, was presented as a follow-up to Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980), with the poorly-received third and fourth installments of the Christopher Reeve franchise essentially wiped from the collective consciousness. However, apparently not from continuity, as Brandon Routh's Superman has now, canonically, experienced Superman III (1983).
When he, Iris, and Lois arrive on Earth-167 and see Clark chopping wood with an ax, Clark (Tyler Hoechlin) comments that he can do it with one bare hand. In the Smallville (2001) episode "Smallville: Ambush (2010)", when Lois' father Sam visited and gave Clark a list of tasks to do, one of them was to chop a cord of wood, which he did with his bare hands.
The Smallville portion of the episode on Earth-167, with regards to the original series. The finale of that series contains a 7 year Time Skip to 2018, from 2011 when the episode originally aired. Lois and Clark have both visibly aged at least about a decade since their final appearance in 2018, and have at least two young children. If we assume Clark's depowering was a relatively recent occurrence (thus keeping the "Season 11" comic book series and specials in canon), this would mean he was Superman for nearly 20 years before retiring. However, contrasting this is his reference to Lex as the President, which would place the time period sometime between 2018 when Lex was elected, and 2026 when his final term would have ended. Or it's possible that this was a use of Ambiguous Syntax and Clark was using the title of "President" ironically.
A Superman vs. Superman throwdown has happened plenty of times in the comics, but notably in Infinite Crisis, the sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths. "Don't ask, it's a long story. And not a great one."
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Writers Don Whitehead and Holly Henderson were also staff writers on Smallville (2001). Before filming began, they shared the "Smallville" material with co-creator Alfred Gough.
David Nutter, who directed the pilot of Smallville (2001), also directed the pilots of Arrow (2012) and The Flash (2014).
On Smallville (2001), Justin Hartley was the first actor to play a live-action version of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow. During its sixth season, a Green Arrow spin-off was considered, but Hartley refused to entertain the idea, wanting to respect what "Smallville" had accomplished.
Candice Patton openly admitted she had a crush on Tom Welling.
First episode of Batwoman to air on Monday instead of Sunday.
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The following episodes were referenced in this episode:
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The Arrowverse crew put out a massive call for every living actor from a DC property they could think of (outside of the current films, that is), and had to wait until they had a decent idea of who they would and wouldn't get before they could start seriously putting the story together. Michael Rosenbaum in particular said their pitch was basically "We have no idea what we'll be doing with you, but we need your answer yesterday," which left him so unimpressed that he turned it down.
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The voices Harbinger hears demand that she stop Lex Luthor from stealing the Book of Destiny, which is later revealed to be part of the Monitor's plan, foreshadowing the reveal that the voice belongs to someone who doesn't want the Monitor's plans to succeed: the Anti-Monitor.
Nicolas Cage turned down the offer to reprise his cancelled role as Superman from the infamously unreleased 1997 Superman Lives movie. This would've not only been the first time anything from that movie was featured in other DC propertiesnote , but also would've made four Supermen in one crossover.
The Gotham Gazette remains the newspaper of choice on Crisis on Infinite Earths.
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The depowering of the Smallville Clark is left fairly ambiguous. On the one hand, the parent show demonstrated multiple ways in which he could voluntarily and temporarily depower himself, and one permanent way which he was very much against in the Finale. On the other hand, his syntax is ambiguous enough to suggest it may be permanent, but there were multiple references in the show to the idea that Clark possesses some form of immortality. It seems the writers wished to leave it permanently ambiguous based on what the fans prefer. Clark can either be permanently retired/depowered, or this is a temporary situation and he will don the cape again some day.
Kevin Conroy revealed in an interview that it was his first time in any kind of 'Bat-related set', Conroy stated: "I have never [visited one]. The closest I've gotten is, there's a wonderful automobile museum in Los Angeles called the Petersen Auto Museum. They have an incredible collection of cars, and they have the Batmobile from the movie, the Michael Keaton original Batmobile. And they also have the Bugatti from the 1930s that was designed for the Shah of Iran, that was the prototype of the Batmobile, and it's a million dollar car. That's in the Petersen, and you can see the Batmobile in that car. It's so beautiful. But that's the closest I'd ever gotten to any bat-related props or things like that."
When Superman Returns (2006) was first released, a common complaint was that Clark was effectively a deadbeat dad to Jason. Upon seeing the son of his Earth-38 counterpart, Clark comments how much Jonathan looks like his son Jason, showing that he did eventually assume his parental responsibilities.
Brandon Routh was supposed to wear the same suit from Superman Returns, but this was denied them by Warner Brothers. He wears a suit based on Kingdom Come instead, and aspects from that story were worked into his version of Clark. (As it happens, the Returns suit still appeared through old footage from Smallville, which had reused it).
In the DC comics, Earth-18 is the universe designated for Wild West versions of the Justice League, the Justice Riders. In the Earth-18 of the Arrowverse, a version of Jonah Hex appears. Ironically, Jonah Hex is absent from the Justice Riders comic.
As the Monitor discusses the Paragons, Clark volunteers to find the Paragon of Truth, who turns out to be another Superman, and more subtly, after details about the Paragon of Courage are provided, the camera lingers on Kate for the last minute of the scene.
Kate tells Earth-99 Bruce (after finding out he killed that Earth's Clark Kent) that the Bruce she knows has a code, a reference to Batmans one rule, he doesn't kill.
Ruby Rose (Kate), Camrus Johnson (Luke), and Rachel Skarsten (Alice) are the only Batwoman regulars to appear in the episode, and in Johnson and Skarsten's case, it's as Alternate Self of their characters, and even then, Skarsten only appears in a photograph.
Kevin Conroy's vocal talents have always been his strongest superhero muscle, but filming "Crisis" left the Juilliard-trained actor speechless when trying to describe the experience on set. "To actually get to do a live-action version of Bruce Wayne . . . I don't know how to describe it," Conroy told The Washington Post. "And believe me, that doesn't happen often."
Earth-96 Superman's heat vision is red, as opposed to the blue heat vision by his Earth-38 counterpart.
After Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the Injustice video games, some fans complained that DC were overusing the idea of Superman turning evil after losing his loved ones. Here, we see that the Superman of Earth-96 lost friends and family to an attack by the Joker (not quite the same way as what sowed the seeds of the One Earth Regime, but eerily similar), but remains a kindhearted and heroic man.
Alfred Gough, one of the co-creators of Smallville, appreciated the nod to his show.
Things were even harder for the Legends of Tomorrow crew, who only found out their season premiere was getting pushed to after the crossover very shortly before it came time to write their episode, forcing them to change all their plans from where the Legends were going to be at mid-season. As a result, most of the Legends crew doesn't actually appear in the first three hours of the Crisis, with our heroes appropriating a Waverider and a Mick Rory from another universe (Earth-74) instead.
Kevin Conroy credits much of his vocal success to the legendary animation voice director Andrea Romano. Conroy says she was enjoyably relentless in making sure that, when he was reading his scripts, he knew who else was in the room with his character. Bruce Wayne at a high-society event with Gotham elite didn't have the intimidating deep bass of Batman on a rooftop.
This is still technically a Batwoman episode and showrunner Caroline Dries revealed that it was designed as part of Batwoman's ongoing arc, her previous episode had her faith that Alice could be redeemed shattered by Alice's murder of Catherine, and she's confronted with the idea she may have no choice but to kill her. Her encounter with Bruce-99 is a cautionary tale of where she might end up if she starts down that path. In that light it is particularly poignant that this episode marks the first time Kate's actions result in fatality of another human, even if absolutely unintentionally as she clearly did not expect that to happen.
For nearly 30 years, Kevin Conroy portrayed Batman only with voice, not body. Fans were excited to see him in live action, and nearly everyone praised his performance.
Clark Kent of Earth-96 and Bruce Wayne of Earth-99. Both are alternate versions of well-known heroes, based in part off how they were depicted in Kingdom Come, both older than they are normally portrayed, and both portrayed by actors who are famously connected to the characters. They've also both suffered terrible losses, but they handle those losses very differently; Clark managed to live with what he'd lost and go on living, even becoming editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet, but Bruce became a broken, insane old man haunting Wayne Manor with only Luke for company. Clark remained the beloved, kind-hearted hero he was, while Bruce descended into a bloodthirsty Knight Templar who grew to be feared and despised by the people he once protected. Clark embraces the mission to save the multiverse, rising to greater heights of heroism, whereas Bruce writes off not only his Earth, but every Earth as not worth saving, and dies in despair after one last act of villainy
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The bloody Clark Kent glasses references John Lennon. the dried blood on them makes them resemble the glasses Lennon was wearing when he was murdered. The fact that the glasses are bloody implies that this wasn't a fair fight (ala Dark Knight Returns or even Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) but rather that Bruce ambushed Clark Kent when he wasn't expecting it and killed him. The fact that in many versions of the story, it's Superman who gives Kryptonite to Batman as a failsafe in case he ever loses control.
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In Pennsylvania, specifically Pittsburgh, this episode was pushed back to 12:00 am due to the Nightly Sport Call recapping the latest Steelers Game and then the news.
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Due to The CW's licencing policy changing between the release of Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman, Part 2 of Crisis is not available in many regions outside the US to watch on TV, and may not even be available for streaming or purchase at all.
Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch play the briefly glimpsed Earth-75 Superman and Lois as well as their main Earth-38 selves.
Kevin Conroy admitted that he felt like he had something of a leg-up on the live-action actors, in that being in an audio booth insulates you a little bit, especially when playing characters who are so larger-than-life. "When you do the voice for a character for 27 years, you sort of inhabit him from within in a sound booth, which is like a cocoon," Conroy explained. "It's very liberating to be in a sound booth. When you're suddenly on a sound stage, you're with the other actors in a set, with the crew all around you and the script people, and the hair and the makeup people, and the lighting and the booms, the sound people. There's dozens and dozens of people around you, and you're inhabiting the character in three dimensions in front of 50 people. It's different. It's a totally different experience and I felt very vulnerable, very exposed. I had an advantage over the live-action actors playing Bruce Wayne in the comfort of a recording studio. To do it on camera is much harder and it was challenging."
The way Earth-99 Luke reacts and draws a gun on Kate and Kara when they enter the mansion mirrors how his Earth-1 Counterpart reacted when he first met Kate Kane.
On Earth-96, Lacy Warfield was among the Daily Planet staff members killed in the Joker's poison gas attack. The character of Lacy Warfield was created for Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987), in which she was played by Mariel Hemingway.
Kevin Conroy said he has always looked at the role of Batman as a tragic hero's journey. He's never once thought it was "just voice acting" and approached Batman with the same efforts he put on the live stage as an actor. "I know that the fans sense that and appreciate that," Conroy said. "There's been a real mutual respect of me for the material, and me for the fans and the fans for my work, and I never take it for granted."
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The Anti-Monitor physical appearance has been pointed out by fans to resemble Marvel villains like Apocalypse and Thanos. Some have even noted that his facial appearance looks like a White Walker or their leader, the Night King, from the Game of Thrones HBO television show. But it follows more closely to his 6th Dimension counterpart from the seventh and last issue in the first volume of the Forever Evil storyline.
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Aussie viewers wanting to watch Part 2 would have to sign up for the infamously expensive Foxtel cable service, as Batwoman is the only Arrowverse program unavailable available anywhere else, including iTunes, Netflix or Google Store.
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Brandon Routh returning to the role of the Man of Steel of Earth-96 as far as he's concerned - the actor says he was hestitant when considering putting on the cape again. "Well, [Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim] said that they were doing the 'Crisis' storyline and...that there was a potential if I was interested for me to show up in a different suit as well," Routh explained in an interview with Den of Geek. "That's the way he kind of pitched it. And so I said, "Look, I'm really honored that you would ask and it sounds like a really great thing, but I just want to take a moment to sit with it to make sure that it's the right decision for me to revisit the character.' I obviously said yes later." "I wanted to make sure that it was the same character, the same version of Superman or at least similar enough," Routh continued. "I wanted to make sure that ideally it was the same character from Superman Returns. And if not, that it was still that same idea of who Superman is, at his core. That was important to me. Because I wasn't necessarily interested in playing a different version." But once Routh made the decision to play Superman again, he came to terms with the idea that this would be his last time in the role. "I approached it as if it was the final time. It was important for me. That's one of the things I had to get off the phone with Marc and consider and think about," Routh said. "Because if I continued to leave the door open and keep wanting more, then I was never going to be fulfilled, and that wasn't a place where I wanted to leave things. So I approached this as, no matter how much screen time I had or whatever story this ends up being, I'm grateful to have this opportunity and I'm going to be okay with whatever this is." As for what that ending has turned out to be, Routh says he sees value in his Kal-El's story ending in a version of Kingdom Come, despite its tragic nature. "I mean, yeah it would have been nice for him to ride off into the sunset and be happy. But that's not how life is for any of us, really. Even when we think we're at the top of the mountain, there are challenges that come our way and that's kind of the story of life," Routh explained. "No matter who we are, there are ups and downs along the way." "So to live a true human experience I guess, it's fitting for Kal-El to have that experience. It certainly makes for a great story and a great character journey for him and I think the way that the two were kind of blended together in this works really well and makes that version of the character fitting to come in and help out during the Crisis. I think he's been through a wealth of experience that he can lend help in a different way, maybe."
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key details revealed in the episode - including part of Earth-99 Bruce's exoskeleton - confirm that Kevin Conroy was playing Bruce Wayne from The Dark Knight Returns comic series. This version saw Batman fight Superman, not fight
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In the comics, the Anti-Monitor is a major antagonist and the main villain in Crisis on Infinite Earths. As The Monitor's evil antimatter counterpart, he sought to destroy the multiverse and replace it with his Antimatter Universe. Decades later in the New 52 storyline Forever Evil, he returned with a new design which the show's version is similar to, and later still in the Rebirth comics, his real name was revealed to be Mobius.
The Bruce Wayne of Earth-99 describes Superman as a strange visitor from another planet with powers far beyond those of mortal men. This is a reference to the opening narration of Adventures of Superman (1952).
While talking to Kate, Bruce references Friedrich Nietzsche in the episode: "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you". This is the second time Kevin Conroy references Nietzsche, the first being in the Batman: The Animated Series episode, "I Am the Night" during his sorrowful talk with Dick Grayson.
Kevin Conroy may be new to Batman's live-action adventures, but he's always been considered the definitive version of how the iconic hero should sound. He says his years of voicing Batman has allowed fans to connect with him on a different level than they do with the live-action ones. "When you live in the animated world, you live in people's imaginations. And when you're the voice in their imagination, it's a much more intimate place to be and a much more intimate experience that the audience has with my voice than they do with a live actor's voice," Conroy said. "So, in that sense, I have an advantage over those actors." both "Batman: The Animated Series" and "Batman Beyond" in high definition, and Conroy has enjoyed the crisper look at work he holds dear. "The actor's process, my process, is the same for any approach to [Batman]," Conroy said. "But then to see it visualized in a different way, in a more enhanced way, it just gives more power to the vocal performance. There's more for it to be married to."
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Some Smallville fans don't regard Earth-167 Clark and Lois' scene as canon to the series. Critics of that scene state that it defeated the purpose of the series since Clark's development consisted on accepting his powered nature, but the scene showed that he gave up those powers
Earth-75 is a reference to The Death of Superman issue 75.
There is an amusing irony to Iris comparing Earth-167's Clark to the Brawny lumberjack: that comparison was previously made in "Smallville: Plastique (2008)", in which the eponymous metahuman was played by Jessica Parker Kennedy, who played Barry and Iris' daughter Nora in season 5 of The Flash (2014).
During pre-production, Earth-99 was referred to as "Earth-92", This is a reference to the year the DC Animated Universe series Batman: The Animated Series premiered, in 1992.
Producer Marc Guggenheim was delighted when Tom Welling approved of how they wrapped his version of the DC superhero. It was explained that Clark had hung up his cape for good so that he could settle down and start a family with his wife. "The idea that Clark would give up his powers in order to have this kind of life, that really resonated with all of us, and I think it really resonated with Tom [Welling]. It just makes sense," Guggenheim recalled during an interview on Fake Nerd Podcast. "We very much wanted to tell the audience that the promise of Smallville was, 'He's going to become Superman.' "We wanted to make it very clear that that did happen, that he did become Superman, that he did have all these adventures, but they are left to your imagination."
Both Brandon Routh (who plays Ray Palmer/The Atom in the CW already) and Tom Welling who have previously played Clark Kent/Superman play the character again, alongside Tyler Hoechlin, who plays the character as part of the CW's 'Arrowverse'.
A Lazarus Pit on Earth-18 is guarded by a doppelgänger by Jonah Hex. A fight ensued between Jonah, Mia, and Sara, resulting in Sara scarring Jonah's face. While this Jonah appears to exist on another Earth from the one we've met throughout Legends, the idea of Sara giving him his iconic scars is a little time-loop in continuity
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The Monitor revealed that he had secretly recruited Felicity Smoak off camera in order to help him find the Paragons and save the multiverse. This ties into the tie-in comic that was available an few days after all three of 2019 Crisis Episodes had aired.
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Sara as the paragon of destiny is a direct callback to her conversation with Earth-16's Oliver Queen in Part One.
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The Book of Destiny, which can be used to see the future and reshape reality, was a key factor in 2018's "Elseworlds" storyline. This time around, it makes another appearance - even though it was destroyed at the end of "Elseworlds." It's explained in-story that The Monitor traveled through time to get an undamaged version of the book so that they could use it to locate heroes they need to help them in the battle against the Anti-Monitor.
First Batwoman episode where Kate fighting someone results in their death (to outright call it "kills someone" would arguably be an overstatement as it clearly was unintentional and very unexpected, but a direct consequence of her actions it is all the same).