These ambitious cross-over events are completely out of control! Last month, news broke that Brandon Routh would be resurrecting his 2006 Clark Kent from Superman Returns in the CW’s massive Arrowverse cross-over, Crisis on Infinite Earths. This week, Crisis on Infinite Earths has added a new (or rather, old) Bruce Wayne, to be played by none other than Kevin Conroy himself.
The acclaimed voice actor has played Batman in too many animated DC works to count (seriously, if you take a trip to his IMDb page, you’ll get about 20 in before realizing you’re in for a Sisyphean task and dropping from exhaustion), starting with his iconic turn in 1992’s Batman: The Animated Series. This, however, is the first time he’ll be portraying Bruce Wayne in live-action.
According to AV Club, Conroy will be playing a future version of the Caped Crusader. No other info about his or other specific plotlines have been released so far, so it’s not clear which characters he’ll be interacting with. The title of the crossover series, though, plus the fact that we’re getting two Supermans/Supermen from different time periods—or perhaps timelines—strongly suggests that certain characters will be meeting their future/past counterparts. (Plus, as io9 reports, we’re also getting a cameo by Burt Ward, who famously played Robin on the Batman TV show back in the ’60s, although it’s unknown if he’ll be resurrecting his role.)
As previously reported, Crisis on Infinite Earths will span all five Arrowverse series (Arrow, Batwoman, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl). AV Club also reports that the network has now confirmed characters from Black Lightning will be making an appearance as well, making this the first time the show has crossed over into the rest of the Arrowverse.
The five-episode cross-over event will air in December 2019 and conclude in January 2020.