One of the biggest moments in the ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ comic book story was when all of the heroes and villains of every surviving parallel Earth took on the story’s big villain, the Anti-Monitor. Unfortunately, even with all that power, the humans barely made a dent until the arrival of The Spectre, the most powerful being in DC’s mythos.
Even though it isn’t expected that The CW’s adaptation of “Crisis” on its DC superhero shows will follow the comic book story exactly, it looks as though it may incorporate The Spectre. Actor Stephen Lobo has been cast to play Jim Corrigan, The Spectre’s human host.
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim stated:
“Fans of the Crisis on Infinite Earths comic know the Spectre plays a pivotal role. We’re thrilled Stephen is our Jim Corrigan.”
Stephen Lobo is playing this Jim Corrigan, who was previously played by Emmett J. Scanlan on the show ‘Constantine’. (That version did not become The Spectre.) Scanlan has since played a different DC character on ‘Krypton’, the space bounty hunter named… Lobo. Weird, huh?
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In the comics, Jim Corrigan was a hard-boiled detective who was murdered by thugs, but restored to life by “The Voice” as the vengeful Spectre, given a vast array of supernatural powers. Over the years, The Spectre’s storylines have drawn more heavily from Christian lore, with him being described as a Fallen Angel, and acting as the embodiment of God’s Wrath. Perhaps his most famous storyline was ‘Kingdom Come’ (which will be referenced by The CW’s “Crisis” with Brandon Routh playing the Superman from that timeline), in which The Spectre must decide the fate of humanity based on the outcome of a devastating war between the superheroes.
Lobo (Stephen, not the bounty hunter) has been a regular fixture on genre television. He portrayed Seth Carpenter on ‘Painkiller Jane’, Randall Brady on ‘Smallville’, Roy Morrow on ‘Colony’, and Wakefield on ‘Travelers’, and has also appeared on ‘Fringe’, ‘The X-Files’, ‘Supernatural’, and ‘Zoo’. He was a series regular on ‘Continuum’, playing Matthew Kellogg. He will recur on TNT’s ‘Snowpiercer’ in the role of Martin Colvin next year.
“Crisis on Infinite Earths” kicks off on the Sunday, Dec. 8th episode of ‘Supergirl’ at 8 pm EST (special time), and continues on Monday, Dec. 9th on ‘Batwoman’ (special night), and Tuesday, Dec. 10 on ‘The Flash’. It will conclude on ‘Arrow’ on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 8pm (special time), and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 9 pm (special episode).