The CW isn’t holding anything back for its upcoming Arrowverse crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths. The network recently announced that legendary actor Kevin Conroy would be playing Bruce Wayne/Batman in the event story. Conroy is famous for his work voicing the Dark Knight in such critical hits as Batman: The Animated Series and the more recent Batman: Arkham video games. While mentioned and alluded to numerous times, the Caped Crusader has never appeared in the Arrowverse. In the network’s last crossover event, Elseworlds, the character was said to be missing by his cousin Batwoman, who is played by actress Ruby Rose.
Given the large difference in age between Conroy and Rose, it can be inferred that Conroy’s Wayne is from a different universe than the main one in the Arrowverse continuity. Other heavy hitters appearing in the special, notably Brandon Routh’s Superman, are reportedly from numerous different universes in the Arrowverse’s mythology as well. News of Conroy’s casting was quickly followed by confirmation that actor Cress Williams would be joining the special as Black Lightning. Williams has been playing the character on the eponymous television series since 2018. Williams celebrated the news in a tweet, telling fans, “You asked for it…you got it.” Other characters from Black Lightning are also set to appear on Crisis on Infinite Earths, notably actress Nafessa Williams’s Thunder. CW president Mark Pedowitz said that the decision for the characters to appear in the crossover was entirely the decision of Black Lightning showrunner Salim Akil. Thus far, Black Lightning has not crossed over or been mentioned in any of the other Arrowverse shows.
Crisis on Infinite Earths will see the heroes of the Arrowverse join forces with friends and foes to defeat the Anti-Monitor, a cosmic being intent on destroying the multiverse. In addition to Conroy, the special will feature another member of Batman royalty. Burt Ward, who played Robin in the 1966 Batman television series, will join Crisis on Infinite Earths in a currently undisclosed role. Additionally, the special will reportedly make reference to the DC Extended Universe, although it is unlikely that any actors from the movies will be seen on screen. Marc Guggenheim, who produces Arrow, is also hopeful that a character from Smallville, which ran from 2001 to 2011, will also be featured in Crisis on Infinite Earths, pointing out that the show is very important to DC TV.