With the next major Arrowverse crossover, “Elseworlds,” being just under a month away from airing, we’re now seeing the hype machine slowly kicking into high gear. During this week alone, we’ve already been treated to new photos and even some brief teaser promos.
This time, though, the latest piece of marketing material comes as a welcome surprise, as the network is allowing for the monumental event to embrace its comic book roots. In fact, they’ve commissioned yet another stunning piece of artwork similar to those of past crossovers for this year’s offering.
In this instance, acclaimed Batwoman artist Amy Reeder was enlisted to unite the heroes of the Arrowverse for something similar to what you’d see on a cover to a periodical currently published by DC Comics. To be clear, this is for promotional purposes only and not the cover to an actual tie-in book, so don’t get the wrong idea.
As you can see, the Monitor looms in the background as Green Arrow, the Flash, Batwoman, Supergirl and Superman all leap into action. Furthermore, you may have noticed how the Emerald Archer and the Scarlet Speedster have been illustrated to reflect actors Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin swapping bodies.
At the very bottom, the mysterious John Deegan can be spotted as he gleefully manipulates our heroes. Speaking of which, his machinations were somewhat detailed in this recently disclosed synopsis by way of Entertainment Weekly:
“The three-night event begins with Arkham Asylum doc John Deegan (Lost’s Jeremy Davies) rewriting reality, which results in Oliver (Amell) and Barry (Gustin) swapping lives. In this new reality, Oliver Queen looks like Gustin and Barry Allen looks like Amell, and the two heroes are the only ones who know they’re in the wrong lives and have each other’s powers. This not only explains what’s going on in the recent promos, but also why the actors have swapped costumes.”
This fall’s Arrowverse crossover begins on Sunday, December 9 with The Flash, continues on Monday, December 10 with Arrow, and wraps up on Tuesday, December 11 with Supergirl.