CW has revealed new details about this year's annual DC TV Universe crossover between Arrow, Flash, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. The 2017 crossover will be entitled "Crisis on Earth-X." The crossover was revealed with new key art by Phil Jiminez, done in the style of the classic Silver Age DC crossovers between different Earths.
“We conceived this year’s crossover to be evocative of the annual Justice League/Justice Society crossovers we grew up with and looked forward to as kids,” executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg said in a statement. “Phil was the perfect choice to bring the comic book cover iteration of this idea to life. You can count on one hand the number of artists who could compellingly represent so many characters in a single image. Phil is one of them. And his design invokes the cover of Justice League #207, which was the 20th annual JLA/JSA crossover. Our 10-year-old selves are in heaven.”
“Some of the first DC Comics I ever read were those insane crossovers with a dozen characters from alternate earths and dimensions—the kind of stuff I later became known for!” added Jiminez. “So when CW asked me to do an homage cover inspired by those amazing team up covers, I couldn't resist, the chance to draw all of The CW’s DC Super-Heroes in one crazy action sequence was insanely fun and exciting. And Romulo Fajardo'a colors brought everything to life!”
In the comic book Multiverse, Earth-X is the home of Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters - the Ray, Black Condor, Phantom Lady, Doll Man, Human Bomb, and others - and is a world where the Nazis won World War II. The Freedom Fighters live in an America ravaged by war, still fighting against Nazi enemies.
The Ray is already part of the CW DC Universe thanks to his CW Seed animated series - where Earth X has also appeared - and given his inclusion in the art, it looks as though he'll make the jump to live action here.
According to the official logline, it seems that at least some villains hailing from Earth-X will appear. It reads: "With all of the heroes in town to celebrate Barry and Iris’ wedding, villains from Earth-X crash the festivities with a deadly agenda."
In Justice League of America #207, the JLA and JSA team up to fight the Crime Syndicate - evil versions of Justice League members from Earth 3. Jiminez's art depicts the Reverse Flash alongside villains who appear to be evil versions of Supergirl and the Green Arrow.
Also, don't fail to take note of the mention of the wedding of Barry Allen and Iris West.
The crossover will take place over two nights, with episodes of Arrow and Supergirl airing back to back on November 27 and The Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow following on November 28.