The CW has released twenty-one new stills from their three-part ‘Elseworlds’ crossover of The CW’s DC Comics series airing December 9th-11th. The event this year brings together the worlds of “The Flash,” “Arrow” and “Supergirl” along with appearances from Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), the original The Flash (John Wesley Shipp), and the villains The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) and Dr. John Deegan (Jeremy Davies).
The biggest new element this time is the inclusion of Batwoman (Ruby Rose) who will patrol the streets of Gotham City which will be where the majority of the annual crossover will be set. Gotham has yet to be seen in this incarnation of the DC Universe, and it has been revealed this will be a Gotham City where Batman hasn’t been seen for three years.
With his absence, the city has become a crime-infested wasteland, and executive producer Caroline Dries spoke with Entertainment Weekly and explains what that means:
“Our approach is: What does Gotham look like after the Batman has been gone for three years? So if you have the law and order, protector, and hope gone, what happens as a result? Some people are thriving in his absence because now they can start to do their own thing without the oversight. A lot of other people are suffering and they’re losing hope, and the city itself and infrastructure is falling apart. So it’s not a happy place. Our guys walk into a grimy, scary Gotham.”
Former “Arrow” showrunner Marc Guggenheim, who is acting as showrunner of this crossover, says:
“It’s a dead city. The way I sort of described it to Stephen is, it’s there but for the grace of God goes Star City. It’s the worst case scenario. The reason no one talks about Gotham is the city might as well be dead. It’s practically a ghost town.”
That doesn’t mean those involved can’t have fun and once Kara, Barry, and Oliver set foot in the city there’s some fun to be had. In this universe Oliver Queen thinks Batman is a myth, a hoax just to scare the citizens while all Barry Allen wants to do is meet Batman and get a photo.