‘Elseworlds’ Includes Major ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Callback

Flash Elseworlds 90s John Wesley Shipp

The Arrowverse, like many DC adaptations, are quite good at adapting famous comic moments or panels to screen. Whether it’s Jay Garrick and Barry Allen recreating the “Flash of Two Worlds” cover or Superman holding Supergirl in a recreation of the “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” there’s no shortage of homages. And the “Elseworlds” event is certainly no exception. And last night during the Arrow portion, fans were treated to another homage to “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” which you might also remember from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

During the episode, we saw John Wesley Shipp’s Barry Allen attempting to speak to the heroes through a portal, warning them about the Monitor and the Book of Destiny. The team didn’t capture the entirety of Barry’s message, but when he finally appeared completely on Earth-1, the message came in loud and clear. The quick comparison to this would be to when Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen awoke Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne to deliver him a message about Lois being the “key” in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

After all, that’s the most recent example, but again, both “Elseworlds” and Batman v Superman are both pulling inspiration from the “Crisis On Infinite Earths” event when the Flash gave Batman a major warning. It’s uncertain right now if this will result in an actual “Crisis On Infinite Earths” event, though. After all, we’ve already had the “Crisis On Earth-X” event last year, and an event on this scale would probably mean utilizing all of the Earths we’ve seen thus far.

For the most part, all of the major Arrowverse crossover events have taken place on Earth-1 considering, well, that’s where most of the heroes reside. Earth-38, where Supergirl resides, hasn’t been the center of where much of the major action takes place, and the jury’s out right now on where Black Lightning takes place, so a possible “Crisis On Infinite Earths” event would no doubt have to utilize worlds beyond Earth-1.

But keeping in line with nods to the DC Extended Universe, it’s another nod to the film side of the DC world, such as the recent nod in Supergirl with the metahuman attack that was reminiscent of Bruce Wayne watching the fight in Metropolis in the start of Batman v Superman. But what did you think of this nod? And what other DCEU references have you spotted in the “Elseworlds” event and beyond? 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.

Omari Daniels

Omari Daniels

Guy mostly into journalism and interested in geek culture. So...why not write about it? Get the best of both worlds that way.