The Arrowverse May Be Headed For a Big Post-Crisis Time Jump

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Ever since the conclusion of the 2018 crossover "Elseworlds," the Arrowverse has been leading to its biggest event yet, "Crisis on Infinite Earths." The upcoming crossover is so big that both Arrow and The Flash have been building up to the event ever since the start of their respective seasons. In fact, Arrow's eighth and final season deals exclusively with the Monitor and the coming Crisis, and its final episode will air following the conclusion of the event.

The truth of the matter is, for the past year, there has been such a strong focus on "Crisis on Infinite Earths," both on and off camera, that the future of the Arrowverse beyond the crossover is still a mystery.

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With Barry Allen and Oliver Queen both fated to die in the event, there is a real sense of dread surrounding the event, one that plunges the entire Arrowverse in uncertainty. Who will live, who will die, and what will the landscape be like when the dust settles? Those are the big questions fans will face going in December. While we only have a few little clues as to what will happen following the conclusion of "Crisis on Infinite Earths," it's possible that the Arrowverse will feature a substantial time jump to move things forward.

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The Arrowverse is no stranger to time jumps. In fact, most of its series have featured the occasional jump in time in-between seasons. However, these leaps forward in time we usually restricted to a few months, at most. However, after "Crisis on Infinite Earths," we could see a potential jump that goes years into the future. This first clue can be found in Batwoman, a series whose timeline is a bit uncertain compared to the rest of the Arrowverse shows. After all, while Kate Kane appeared as a full-fledged and experienced crime-fighter in "Elseworlds," the first season of Batwoman is currently exploring her origins -- which means the season is taking place in the past of the Arrowverse.

Since Batwoman will take part in "Crisis," then it's possible a certain time jump could bring every series forward to the same point in time. It would allow for a fresh start for everyone, one that would be detached from the cataclysmic events of the crossover.

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Moreover, this might be proven by current rumors that are circulating about the upcoming new series Superman and Lois Lane. The spinoff series will star Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as the title characters, who will balance their superhero and reporter lives with the responsibilities of being parents. Pictures from "Crisis" have revealed their infant son Jon Kent, but new rumors suggest the spinoff will feature an older Jon Kent. If that is the case, then it's further proof that a time jump is coming to the Arrowverse.

Another new spinoff series is also coming in the form of Green Arrow and the Canaries. However, it's already been confirmed this series will take place in the year 2040, which means it will operate separately from the rest of the Arrowverse.

As for The Flash and Supergirl, we have no clear clues that a time jump is coming. However, we do know that this could allow the characters to have new starting points unencumbered by the tragedies that are sure to come in "Crisis." A jump forward in time would even open up new mysteries, as fans would be left to wonder what happened during the gap.

We've seen time-jumps before, but this would be something new, and it could open up a wealth of storytelling possibilities that benefit the entire Arrowverse.

"Crisis on Infinite Earths" begins Sunday, Dec. 8 on Supergirl, then continues in Batwoman on Monday, Dec. 9, and then picks up in The Flash on Tuesday, Dec. 10. After a winter hiatus, the crossover concludes on Tuesday, Jan. 14 on both Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow.

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