Following the occasions of The CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover occasion, the heroes of Earth-Prime (the place The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and Black Lightning happen) are unable to achieve or detect different Earths within the multiverse. Whereas the ultimate moments of “Crisis” established for the viewers that different worlds do certainly exist — you possibly can see a rundown right here — the heroes who populate The CW’s DC exhibits do not know it. On The Flash, a specific bone of rivalry is that Harry Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and his daughter Jesse (Violett Beane), denizens of Earth-2 who had gone dwelling, at the moment are (so far as Workforce Flash is aware of) useless.
That concept is additional sophisticated by the truth that Earth-2 was a particular case. Whereas the remainder of the multiverse died throughout the heroes’ battle with the Anti-Monitor (LaMonica Garrett), Earth-2 was destroyed earlier, within the Arrow season eight premiere. Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) of that Earth remained as a part of Earth-Prime, partly as a result of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was instrumental in rebirthing the multiverse after the Crisis.
So once we noticed the rebirth of the multiverse on the finish of the Crisis, as an alternative of the model we had seen in earlier seasons of The Flash and Arrow — the place villains primarily dominated the place — we acquired an Earth the place the Justice Society of America had been round within the ’40s and DC Universe’s Stargirl is about to launch in Might. It seems, then, that for all intents and functions the Earth-2 followers have seen prior to now are gone. Does that imply Harry and Jesse are gone? Effectively, that is still to be seen, however we’ve got an alternate concept.
What if the occasions of “Crisis on Infinite Earths” created a second “Earth-2,” this one patterned after the JLA: Earth Two story by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely?
Within the comics, following the occasions of Crisis on Infinite Earths, there was no canonical multiverse for DC. There was a single timeline, and any “imaginary tales” exterior of that timeline had been branded “Elseworlds” and didn’t cross over with the primary timeline. This all caught (with some uncommon tweaks, exceptions, and caveats) till Infinite Crisis re-established a restricted multiverse twenty years after the unique occasion.
In 2000, 5 years earlier than Infinite Crisis, JLA author Grant Morrison determined he wished to make use of the Crime Syndicate of America, who had within the pre-Crisis timeline been the evil doppelgangers of the Justice League from Earth-3. That world was dominated by villains and defended by its sole hero: Lex Luthor. Unable to entry the pre-Crisis Earth-3, Morrison created “Earth-2,” which was very totally different from the Earth-2 that had existed within the pre-Crisis timeline.
Previous to the Crisis, DC had established that Earth-2 was really the unique, Golden Age DC Universe, the place Superman debuted in 1938 and was a member of the Justice Society. There, Jay Garrick was The Flash and Alan Scott was Inexperienced Lantern. Usually talking, it extra intently resembled the Earth-2 seen on the finish of “Crisis on Infinite Earths” than the one followers of The Flash had seen pre-“Crisis.”
The pre-“Crisis” Earth-2 — because it existed on TV — really sort of extra intently mirrored the Morrison model, which was impressed by Earth-3. In The Flash, really, Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp) was the speedster who defended Earth-3, whereas Earth-2 was the villainous Zoom’s dominion.
So what was the Morrison model of Earth-2? As alluded to, it had the Crime Syndicate of America relatively than the Justice Society, and people villains discovered their technique to the DC Universe to do battle with the Justice League. A twist, although: in a DCU with no multiverse, “Earth-2” was simply a fancy title for a model of Earth discovered within the antimatter universe — a location that had not been destroyed after the Crisis, however which allowed life to flourish as soon as the Anti-Monitor was defeated and wasn’t able to kill something he noticed. The antimatter universe was used sparingly within the post-Crisis DCU, however got here by with an “Earth-2” in a pinch.
What if — by some means — Oliver Queen introduced again a model of Earth-2 in the identical approach he introduced again numerous useless individuals from his previous in his ultimate moments? With no multiverse, it will not be unreasonable to consider that Oliver would possibly attempt to use the antimatter universe to include one other world energetic, together with a number of the Earth-2 individuals he knew. It will additionally enable the post-“Crisis on Infinite Earths” Arrowverse to have a darkish, mirror model of itself with out the necessity for a multiverse correct.
One coudl additionally make the argument that having an antimatter universe opens up the chance for a darkish matter universe, which may give us The Pink Loss of life, a villain created for Darkish Nights: Steel and referenced in passing final season on The Flash. These (together with the “mirrorverse” Iris (Candice Patton) is presently exploring on The Flash, would give he present a possibility to as soon as once more outline the cosmology of a DC multiverse — one thing that The Flash has all the time completed, within the comics and on TV — even if in a far more particular and restricted approach. And, in a excellent world, possibly even carry again Harry and Jesse.
What do you suppose? May we see some model of the antimatter universe popping as much as menace The Flash? Tell us within the feedback beneath or hit me up on Twitter.
The Flash airs on Tuesday nights at eight p.m. ET/PT on The CW, earlier than episodes of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
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