'The Flash' season 5 spoilers: Batwoman's connection in the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" explained
With 'The Flash' premiering this Tuesday, fans of the CW series have a lot to speculate. For starters, season 5 episode 1 - titled 'Nora' - has aptly set the tone for the upcoming crossover event, called 'Elseworlds,' where heroes from different DC shows, including 'Arrow,' 'Supergirl,' and 'The Flash' unite for some humungous catastrophe.
And secondly, the premiere episode went on to spill the beans about DC's newest introduction, Batwoman. Starring Ruby Rose as the much-anticipated character, the superhero's inclusion in the DC universe was brought to fruition with the help of a certain "Crisis on Infinite Earths" arc. Now loyal DC followers would know that the Crisis storyline is closely related to Barry Allen's death, the day "when the clear blue sky turned crimson red, and the Scarlet Speedster vanished in a crisis."
"The details of Flash’s disappearance remain murky. A 2026 Congressional Commission repeated the Citizen’s initial reporting. Hours after the sky turned red, the Flash and his allies fought the Reverse Flash. The ensuing street battle caused the most destruction this city has ever seen. It was not until the Flash and Reverse Flash disappeared in an explosion of light that the chaos ceased," a newspaper clipping from the 'The Flash' revealed during the season 5 premiere on Tuesday.
Furthermore, the newspaper reports detailed memories of the catastrophic event, which by now (in 2049) has become sort of faded.
"But in the years following the crisis, accounts only grew more contradictory. Some eyewitnesses remember dozens of other heroes present, including Green Arrow, Batwoman, and Elongated Man. Others remember heroes thought lost in time, like The Atom, or from other worlds, like Supergirl. Some even contend they saw Reverse Flash leading an army of “shadow demons," the clipping read.
What's worth noting here is the mention of Batwoman, who is clearly grouped with Green Arrow and The Flash, while other DC heroes like Supergirl and The Atom are just described as being from other world or lost in time. This seems to indicate that in the cinematic universe, Batwoman would most likely be sharing the same world as Oliver Queen and Barry Allen. In turn, this indicates that Batwoman could be hailing from Earth-1.
While there are other possibilities as well - such as the Earth-38 series, where Supergirl continues to be an otherworldly hero, making it possible for her and Batwoman to co-exist in the same Earth - chances are high that the CW series, and the prospect Batwoman solo series, would be going forward with the Earth-1 scenario.
Overall, this is indicative of how Rose's Batwoman could play a major role in the CW's DC Universe in the near future - alongside the already famous characters like Green Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, and even the Legends (of Tomorrow).
'The Flash' returned with season 5 on Tuesday, at 8 pm ET on The CW.