The CW’s su­per­heroes unite again to face a ‘Cri­sis’

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Tv & Cable Guide - BY JAY BOB­BIN

The CW’s an­nual su­per­hero-show cross­over events al­ways gather fa­mil­iar faces, but this year’s in­cludes some blasts from the past.

Past in­car­na­tions of Clark Kent and/or Su­per­man – those played by Tom Welling on the se­ries “Smal­lville” and Bran­don Routh (more re­cently The Atom on “DC’s Leg­ends of To­mor­row”) in the 2006 movie “Su­per­man Re­turns” – ap­pear in “Cri­sis on In­fi­nite Earths,” an adap­ta­tion of a DC Comics se­ries that starts on “Su­per­girl” Sun­day, Dec. 8, then con­tin­ues that week on “Bat­woman” (Mon­day) and “The Flash” (Tues­day). The saga con­cludes Tues­day, Jan. 14, with episodes of “Ar­row” and “DC’s Leg­ends of To­mor­row.”

Ad­vanc­ing el­e­ments of last year’s cross­over, “Else­worlds,” the story keeps al­ter­nate uni­verses in­te­gral to the plot ... also in­di­cated by cor­re­spond­ing Lois Lanes for the mul­ti­ple Su­per­men. El­iz­a­beth Tul­loch re­turns as The Daily Planet’s ace re­porter to “Su­per­girl” guest Tyler Hoech­lin’s Man of Steel, and Erica Du­rance comes back as Lois to Welling’s Clark Kent.

The cross­over gave Routh a sense of com­ple­tion to the Su­per­man chap­ter of his ca­reer. “Af­ter fin­ish­ing that film, I thought I would be do­ing at least one more, so say­ing good­bye to the char­ac­ter had not been some­thing that was in my mind,” the pleas­ant ac­tor re­flects. “That has caused some emo­tional ups and downs for me since then, so this process has been re­ally heal­ing for me. And also, I think it will be val­i­dat­ing for some fans. So many peo­ple come up to me and say, ‘I don’t care what any­body says. I love ”Su­per­man Re­turns“!”’

Though Du­rance also has been a “Su­per­girl” guest star, she hasn’t played Lois since “Smal­lville” ended in 2011. She says it was “awe­some” to re­unite with Welling, rea­son­ing that “it’s like see­ing fam­ily again. We worked re­ally well to­gether, and we hadn’t seen each other for a long time, but it was like we hadn’t missed a beat.

“Now we’re par­ents and we’ve got lit­tle kids,” adds Du­rance, “and we talked about how nei­ther of us sleeps very much any­more. And Lois Lane is a great char­ac­ter.”

Among oth­ers back in their DC guises for “Cri­sis on In­fi­nite Earths,” Ash­ley Scott again takes on her “Birds of Prey” role as He­lena Kyle (alias The Hun­tress), and Johnathon Schaech con­tin­ues his “Leg­ends of To­mor­row” por­trayal of Jonah Hex. Also, Cress Wil­liams brings his Black Light­ning char­ac­ter from his own CW show into the su­per­sized su­per­hero fest.

Du­rance con­firms that be­ing amid a plethora of cos­tumed he­roes and hero­ines was some­thing spe­cial. “There were so many of us, we didn’t all nec­es­sar­ily get to con­nect,” she reports, “but it’s neat to see how they’ve pulled it all to­gether and cre­ated these shows that the fans en­joy.”

The CW’s su­per­heroes unite in the cross­over saga “Cri­sis on In­fi­nite Earths,” which starts Sun­day on “Su­per­girl.”

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