This year’s Arrow-verse crossover is upon us, and for 2018, DC’s small screen universe is giving us not only the usual meeting of The Flash/Barry Allen, Supergirl/Kara Zor-El and Arrow/Oliver Queen, but also introducing us to a new figure: Batwoman.
Played by Ruby Rose, her special guest appearance effectively marks a dry run pilot, as Arrow-verse EP Greg Berlanti and The Vampire Diaries’ Caroline Dries are working on developing a Batwoman solo series. If that does get the green light from The CW, it would follow Rose’s Kate Kane, who, armed with a drive for social justice and a confidence to speak her own mind, tries to stop a criminal resurgence on the streets of Gotham.
Before then, she’s got the 2018 crossover event to get through, and Elseworlds promises to be a lighter affair than Crisis on Earth-X. Indeed, things are more character-focused this time around, excluding the Legends of Tomorrow crew to keep thing smaller scale. The crossover kicks off as Oliver and Barry wake to find they’ve swapped bodies. They need help. Enter Supergirl, Superman and Lois Lane. Later, as they track the problem down to a mysterious villain called John Deegan, Barry, Oliver and Supergirl find themselves heading to Gotham City, where they cross paths with Batwoman.
In addition to Grant Gustin’s Barry and Stephen Amell’s Oliver both impersonating each other – while Melissa Benoist’s Kara mediates the clash of personalities – the crossover will also feature John Wesley Shipp reprising his role as The Flash from the 1990s series.
Where and when Elseworlds is available to watch in the UK:
The crossover airs in three parts, one episode from The Flash, one from Arrow and one from Supergirl.
Part 1 (The Flash Season 4, Episode 9)
Thursday 13th December – 8pm
Part 2 (Arrow Season 7, Episode 9)
Monday 17th December – 8pm
Part 3 (Supergirl Season 4, Episode 9)
Tuesday 18th December – 8pm
Fortunately, while there’s a lot of hopping between shows to piece together the plot, all three programmes air on the same channel in the UK: Sky One. And, in even between news, if you don’t have Sky, you can still stream the whole lot both live and on-demand through NOW TV, which costs £7.99 a month (no contract), with a 14-day free trial. For more information, or to get watching, hit the button below.
First look: Ruby Rose as Batwoman in Arrow-verse crossover
10th October 2018
The first image of the new Batwoman has been released.
The iconic superhero will suit up for The CW, with Orange Is the New Black’s Ruby Rose set to play her. She will appear in The CW’s new Arrow-verse crossover, set to air in December.
Sporting a costume designed by the legend that is Colleen Atwood, Rose’s Batwoman is also potentially being lined up for her own spin-off series, joining The CW’s slate of superhero shows, including Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. Developed by Arrow-verse overlord Greg Berlanti and The Vampire Diaries’ Caroline Dries, Batwoman would follow Kate Kane, who, armed with a drive for social justice and a confidence to speak her own mind, tries to stop a criminal resurgence on the streets of Gotham.
Played by Rose, an out actress, The CW, which has been commendably diverse and progressive with its casting and subject matter across all of its series, will present Batwoman as a lesbian superhero, a decision that prompted backlash upon some comic book fans and resulted in Rose quitting social media.
“Ruby is terrific in the role, and we’re excited for people to see the story,” Berlanti told THR in a recent interview.
You can expect the Arrow-verse crossover to air in the UK on Sky One, shortly after its broadcast in the USA. Indeed, all four Arrow-verse series return to our screens this month, starting with The Flash Season 5 on 18th October, Supergirl Season 4 on 22nd October, Arrow Season 7 on 23rd October and Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 on 31st October. For more on those, and what else is coming soon to Sky and NOW TV in October, click here.