Black Lightning Takes Control of the Waverider in Crisis on Infinite Earths BTS Photo

Not long after releasing a photo of himself with The Flash star Grant Gustin, Black Lightning leading man Cress Williams is taking control of the Waverider in a new behind-the-scenes photo from "Crisis on Infinite Earths." Earlier today, a pair of shots from the mega-crossover were released, featuring Williams backstage on the DC's Legends of Tomorrow set as well as a shot of Gustin standing between two fully-costumed Supermen (Tyler Hoechlin and Brandon Routh). The image seen here features Routh's Kingdom Come Superman in the background, as well as The Flash and what appears to be Audrey Marie Anderson in the pants, gloves, and boots from her Harbinger costume but without the tunic.

Williams, for his part, seems to be really enjoying his first trip into the Arrowverse, hanging out behind the controls of the Waverider and naming Gustin as a new friend behind the scenes. You can see the post below.

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"Crisis on Infinite Earths" has loomed over the Arrowverse for years. The series premiere of The Flash featured an allusion to the hero disappearing amid red skies in the year 2024. During the original comics event, red skies were a sign of doom to come to a world during the Crisis. At the end of last season, a couple of things happened: The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett), who had appeared in "Elseworlds," reappeared and revealed that Oliver Queen was destined to die in the Crisis...and the future newspaper at STAR Labs rolled back the expected date of the Crisis from 2024 to 2019.

In the comics, Crisis on Infinite Earths centered on a battle between the combined superheroes (and even some villains) of the DC multiverse and an immortal, cosmic threat known as the Anti-Monitor. Like The Monitor, the Anti-Monitor will be played by LaMonica Garrett in the Arrowverse. As the Anti-Monitor destroys realities, he replaces their positive matter energy with antimatter, growing his own power and sphere of influence. He was eventually stopped by the sacrifices of several heroes, including The Flash and Supergirl, as well as the merging of multiple universes to save reality by becoming a single, unified timeline. Fans have long wondered whether the events of "Crisis on Infinite Earths" might bring Supergirl and even Black Lightning to Earth-1, where the rest of the series take place. The crossover will also feature guest appearances by Tom Welling as Clark Kent, Erica Durance as Lois Lane, John Wesley Shipp as the Flash of Earth-90, Johnathon Schaech as Jonah Hex, Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne, and Ashley Scott as The Huntress.


"Crisis on Infinite Earths" kicks off on Sunday, December 8 on Supergirl, runs through a Monday episode of Batwoman and that Tuesday's episode of The Flash. That will be the midseason cliffhanger, as the shows go on hiatus for the holidays and return on January 14 to finish out the event with the midseason premiere of Arrow and a "special episode" of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, which launches as a midseason series this year and so will not have an episode on the air before the Crisis.