The next ArrowVerse crossover event has been revealed. The CW has announced that Superman and Batwoman will meet up for something that will be smaller in scale when compared to the more recent Elseworlds and Crisis on Infinite Earths events. But, fans will probably have to wait a little longer to see this one come together, as it isn't expected to hit the airwaves until 2021.
CW chairman and CEO Mark Pedowitz made the reveal on Thursday during a conference call with reporters. The call was to discuss the network's fall lineup, which has been hampered a bit by the widespread production shutdown which started in mid-March. During the call, he touched on what to expect from the next crossover. Here is what Pedowitz had to say about it.
"We're still working on it. It will be a smaller event than usual, we're only planning a two-hour event. We are talking about doing Superman and Batwoman together. There's a lot of characters coming from our other shows."
Tyler Hoechlin has been playing Superman in the ArrowVerse for a couple of years, mostly as a guest star on Supergirl. However, The CW recently handed out a series order to Superman & Lois, which will co-star Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane. This will give the Man of Steel a more permanent home on the small screen. Batwoman, meanwhile, kicked off its first season last year, with the network handing out a season 2 renewal. Ruby Rose stars as the DC Comics hero. Speaking further, Mark Pedowitz explained that the Superman and Batwoman crossover will probably air in early 2021, as opposed to airing in December, as has been traditionally the case with the previous events.
"It will not happen in December, but it will happen sometime hopefully first or second quarter 2021."
The first ArrowVerse crossover aired in 2014. Flash vs. Arrow saw Grant Gustin's Barry Allen going up against Stephen Amell's Oliver Queen. Superman and Batwoman will be the smallest-scale crossover since Flash and Arrow went at it. It is not clear at this time if it will be something akin to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with the two heroes at odds with one another, or if they will be teaming up to take down a common enemy. Either way, it will represent a large scaling back compared to last year's Crisis on Infinite Earths, which was truly massive.
The status of The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, Superman & Lois and Batwoman is somewhat in doubt right now. All of the shows will return, but it isn't clear right now as to when production will be able to resume. Typically, the shows would be part of the network's fall lineup, with a return date around September. It will likely be pushed back this year. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. This news was previously reported by Deadline.