Technically, it introduced two, if you think about it. But during the Arrow portion of the “Elseworlds” crossover, fans were treated to an absolutely smorgasbord of Batman Easter eggs during the visit to Gotham City and, more specifically, Arkham Asylum. Aside from learning that Oswald Cobblepot, Pamela Isley, and Edward Nygma had been incarcerated — already making this Arkham infinitely more secure than the one on Gotham — two weapons from major Batman villains were utilized. But this isn’t about Nora Fries using the cold gun.
No, during the Arkham visit when all of the inmates had been freed and in the midst of the mayhem, Oliver accidentally knocked over several boxes of vials marked “Crane J.,” an obvious nod to Jonathan Crane, better known as The Scarecrow. As a result, Oliver and Barry became affected by Crane’s fear toxin and witnessed their worst fears, as they were forced to combat hallucinations of Reverse Flash and John Barrowman’s Malcolm Merlyn. Again, because this was just a hallucination, it turned out that Barry and Oliver were just fighting each other. Well, again.
Scarecrow’s fear toxin has been utilized several times on Gotham over on Fox, as well as in much of Batman lore, but the utilization of it here shows that the weapon is alive and well in the Arrowverse, as “Elseworlds” confirmed. Aside from this nod, Jonathan Crane was not one of the inmates teased or hinted at, unlike the aforementioned Nygma, Cobblepot, and Isley, but there does appear to be a Scarecrow in Gotham City.
With the introduction of Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane, who ended up stopping the fight between Barry and Oliver, perhaps we could see Scarecrow if Batwoman is picked up for a series. Admittedly, to speculate for a moment, it’s unlikely that a Batwoman series would utilize villains who are currently being used on Gotham. For example, Gotham’s take on the Dollmaker and Ra’s al Ghul came well after they were both used on Arrow.
It’s not impossible that we could see another take on Scarecrow here, in particular with Gotham preparing to bow out with its fifth and final season, but that remains to be seen. What did you think of the introduction of Crane’s fear toxin during the “Elseworlds” crossover? Would you want to see Scarecrow or other Batman villains introduced in a possible Batwoman series? Let us know in the comments below.
The “Elseworlds” crossover event concludes tonight with a new episode of Supergirl at 8 P.M. on the CW.
Elseworlds Crossover Photos Offer New Looks At Lois, Clark, & The Monitor
The CW has released several new photos from the upcoming Elseworlds crossover that include Lois Lane, Clark Kent, and The Monitor.
The upcoming Arrowverse crossover will find Barry Allen and Oliver Queen switching identities due to unknown circumstances, sending them on a journey that will see them meet Superman, Lois Lane, and The Monitor. Now, new photos from the Elseworlds event reveal a new look at the Monitor and Lois & Clark on the Kent farm in Smallville.
You can check out the first photo below and click next to continue the gallery!
You can read the official synopsis for the first part of the crossover below!
EPIC ELSEWORLDS CROSSOVER KICKS OFF TONIGHT — When Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Oliver Queen (guest star Stephen Amell) wake up one morning and realize they have swapped bodies with each other, the two set off to find out what disturbed the timeline to cause such a shift. However, things quickly go from bad to worse when they present their case to Team Flash and the gang doesn’t believe them. Barry and Oliver realize they need Supergirl’s (guest star Melissa Benoist) help and travel to Smallville on Earth-38 where they end up meeting Kara’s cousin, Clark Kent (guest star Tyler Hoechlin), and intrepid reporter, Lois Lane (guest star Elizabeth Tulloch). LaMonica Garrett guest stars as The Monitor. Kevin Tancharoen directed the episode written by Eric Wallace & Sam Chalsen.
The 2018 Elseworlds crossover starts with a special episode of The Flash on Sunday, December 9 and continues with Arrow on Monday, December 10. The three-night event will then conclude with Supergirl on Tuesday, December 11.
All three entries will air at 8:00 p.m. ET on their respective nights.