Kevin Smith is set to host “Crisis Aftermath,” the official aftershow for The CW’s upcoming Arrowverse crossover, “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”
The “Clerks” director, who has previously directed episodes of the CW’s superhero shows, will host the first installment on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 9/8c, after the “Supergirl” episode of “Crisis,” and his second on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 9/8c, after “The Flash” airs its hour of the crossover event.
According to the announcement, which was made via the “Arrow” Instagram account Saturday, “Aftermath” will “go in-depth to explore every angle of this year’s 5-episode crossover!” Though the crossover itself is five episodes, representatives for The CW told TheWrap on Saturday that Smith is just set to host these two aftershows in December.
The “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover, one of DC Comics most famous storylines, will be The CW’s biggest. It will span five hours across all five “Arrowverse” shows, including newcomer “Batwoman,” and carry over the midseason break. The crossover begins Dec. 8 with “Supergirl.” That will be followed by “Batwoman” and “The Flash” on Dec. 9 and 10, respectively. “Crisis on Infinite Earths” will wrap up on Jan. 14 with “Arrow” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” going back-to-back starting at 8 p.m.
Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, “Crisis on Infinite Earths” was a best-selling 12-issue series running from 1985 to 1986 that replaced the DC multiverse, which since 1961’s “The Flash of Two Worlds” had explained the company’s varying and contradictory continuities, with a single streamlined universe and a complete reboot of most DC characters. It was a critical hit and a best-seller for DC and is credited with popularizing the idea of large-scale crossovers in comics.
In the series, The Anti-Monitor, the evil counterpart of The Monitor (played by LaMonica Garrett in the “Arrowverse”), attempts to destroy all of the different universes with the goal of becoming the sole ruler of whatever is left. He’s eventually foiled but at a staggering cost: The surviving five universes are merged into one, and a huge number of classic DC characters are killed off, seemingly for good — including both Supergirl and Barry Allen/The Flash.
See the announcement below.