Prior to ‘The Flash’ panel to be held at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, the first runner-up of The CW’s DC Comics shows will grace the cover of Entertainment Weekly (actually, one of five covers) which will showcase the series which, come January, will become the longest-running of the DC lineup, after ‘Arrow’ wraps its eighth and last season.

Beyond the ending of ‘Arrow’, this fall will bring the biggest event to ever transpire on these shows, a crossover event called ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’, named after the seminal 1984 comic book maxiseries in which Barry Allen, the Silver Age Flash, died trying to save the multiverse.  On TV, ‘Crisis’ will span episodes of ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Supergirl’, new series ‘Batwoman’, and somehow involve ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, the one show that isn’t returning in the fall, and will instead premiere in January, after the ‘Crisis’ crossover.


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Expect the first part of ‘The Flash’ Season 6 to heavily involve setting that storyline up.  As star Grant Gustin explains:

“Moving toward the crossover, we’re going to see the impact [losing Nora] is going to have on the future.  We’re also going to find out more about the ‘Crisis’ headline in the [future] newspaper and why that date changed[in the season 5 finale], if the date changed. Heading toward the crossover we’re going to be dealing with that.”

Executive producer and showrunner Eric Wallace added:

“We found really unique ways to make the season fresh that we never expected, thanks to ‘Crisis’.  This season is really divided up in a way that the episodes before the crossover are pre-‘Crisis’ episodes. Then the back half of the season is all about dealing with the fallout from the events of ‘Crisis.’”

(Which is exactly how the ‘Crisis’ comic book separated DC’s entire line of publications.)

If you want more, grab EW’s upcoming issue, featuring Gustin on the cover and inside in exclusive photos.  Get a tease below:


‘The Flash’ panel at SDCC will take place on Saturday, July 20, from 5:45–6:30 pm in Ballroom 20.

‘The Flash’ returns on The CW on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.