The “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover storyline for all related DC superhero TV series in the “Arrow” franchise on The CW has not yet aired yet, but already anticipation for it has been built up to a fever pitch. It will be the first time new series such as “Black Lightning” and the upcoming “Batwoman” will have episodes contributing to the narrative. The news is that former actors of DC heroes on TV and film would also reprise their roles, like Brandon Routh from “Superman Returns” and Burt Ward from the 1960s “Batman” with the late Adam West. But they are not the only ones.
According to E! Online, the news has come out that veteran Batman actor Kevin Conroy will also be part of the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover for The CW’s “Arrow”-verse. For casual fans that might not recognize the name from Michael Keaton, Christian Bale, or Ben Affleck, Conroy is the most prolific voice talent for the Dark Knight, starting from the 1992 WB Animation show “Batman: The Animated Series.” Such is the length of his voice tenure that Conroy still voices Batman in shows and direct-to-video animated movies until today.
The 2019 Television Critics Association summer press tour reveals that Conroy will be appearing in the “Crisis” storyline, not as a voice talent but in the flesh, portraying his famed voice role live for the first time in close to three decades. Plot blurbs apparently hint that he is an aged Bruce Wayne from either the future of the “Arrow”-verse setting or some parallel dimension like the one “Supergirl” takes place in. Conroy’s deal is somewhat similar to Burt Ward, who apparently will play an aged Robin, and Brandon Routh, reprising his sole super appearance on 2006’s “Superman Returns” as an older Man of Steel.
Watchers of the “Arrow”-verse on The CW can catch the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” starting before and ending after the Holiday season. It will comprise five episodes, each on a component series of the TV franchise, beginning with “Supergirl” season 5 on December 8. From there the story moves to “Batwoman” on December 9 and “The Flash” on December 10. The last two “Crisis” episodes will air January 14, 2020, first on “Arrow” and then on “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.” While the “Black Lightning” series gets no episode of its own, its characters will appear in the other participating shows.
Aside from his “Superman Returns” role, Routh currently plays Ray Palmer/The Atom, who has appeared on “Arrow,” “The Flash,” and “Legends of Tomorrow.” Interestingly, Kevin Conroy recently posted an artist rendering of himself as a live-action elderly Bruce Wayne from 1999’s “Batman Beyond,” around the same time his The CW casting was being made public.
Image from Comic Book Resources