Crisis of Infinite Cameos: Is the Arrowverse Crossover Too Crowded?

For months now, the Arrowverse has been gearing up for its next big crossover, "Crisis on Infinite Earths." While many of the details of the highly anticipated television event are being kept under wraps, we do know it will take inspiration from the 1985 comic book series of the same name, and unite all manner of superhero characters from parallel realities in a desperate attempt to save the multiverse from the cosmic being known as the Anti-Monitor.

Not only will the crossover involve the casts of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC's Legends of Tomorrow, it will also finally involve Black Lightning, as well as freshman series Batwoman. But that's not all. Already, we've had official confirmation that plenty of actors from DC history will appear in "Crisis on Infinite Earths." Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch will return as Superman and Lois Lane, Burt Ward will appear in a mystery role, Smallville's Tom Welling and Erica Durance will reprise their roles as Clark Kent and Lois Lane, Birds of Prey's Ashley Scott will suit up as Huntress once more, and Kevin Conroy will appear in the crossover as an aging Bruce Wayne.

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On top of that, there's Brandon Routh's Kingdom Come Superman, a new Atom, the return of Jonah Hex and a possible appearance by Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman and Tom Ellis' Lucifer. With all of these characters involved, the question needs to be asked: is the 5-episode crossover getting too crowded, or will the adage "the more, the better" apply?

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There is no denying that "Crisis on Infinite Earths" will be the Arrowverse's most ambitious crossover yet. But as we have seen annually for the past five years with "Flash vs. Arrow," "Legends of Yesterday," "Invasion!," "Crisis on Earth-X" and "Elseworlds," while the crossovers feature a veritable tapestry of comic book characters, they still have to tell a cohesive story. And "Crisis" will be no different. More so, it might have to tell a much bigger story than its predecessors. Not only will this next crossover feature a cosmic event of cataclysmic proportions, it also has to pay off setups that were first established in "Elseworlds" and plot threads that have been unfolding primarily in Arrow and The Flash ever since.

On top of involving the casts of six shows and multiple guest stars, "Crisis on Infinite Earths" also has to deal with the impending deaths of Oliver Queen and Barry Allen, which were both foretold in the pair's respective series. Plus, the crossover has the difficult task of bidding farewell to Arrow, which will conclude its eight-season run two episodes after the crossover's conclusion.

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Simply put, "Crisis on Infinite Earths" already has plenty of material to cover, even without all of its guest stars. Therefore, the presence of so many fan-favorite actors has us wondering if fans have to be prepared for nothing more than glorified cameos. Of course, it's important to note that the comic book the crossover is based on featured hundreds, if not thousands of characters crammed into the same panels to illustrate just how massive the event was. It's possible then that the Arrowverse's take on "Crisis" will deliver the same type of experience to replicate the comic's epic scope.

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Then again, if there is one thing the producers of the Arrowverse have shown us in previous crossovers, it's that they know what they are doing, and they know how to deliver. Since this particular crossover has been in development for nearly a year, it stands to reason they've been meticulously planning the television event. Surely, they will find the right balance to deliver the biggest, most epic DC TV event fans have ever seen.

"Crisis on Infinite Earths" begins Sunday, December 8 at 8 pm ET/PT on Supergirl, then continues in Batwoman on Monday, December 9 at 8 pm ET/PT and in The Flash on Tuesday, December 10 at 8 pm ET/PT. After the winter hiatus, the crossover will conclude on Tuesday, January 14 in Arrow at 8 pm ET/PT and in DC's Legends of Tomorrow at 9 pm ET/PT.

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