When comic book writer Marv Wolfman set out to write the 1985 comic book series Crisis on Infinite Earths, he had a key goal in mind: cleaning up DC Comics’ convoluted cosmology of parallel worlds, imaginary stories, and impenetrable lore. The company was, as Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim recently put it, “flirting with bankruptcy” and there was a general sense its multiverse was a barrier to attracting new readers. So the story’s aim was to fold down DC’s conflicting ideas into something more accessible. But in talking with Wolfman, Guggenheim learned he also wanted to “make the DC Universe a bit more sophisticated” and modernize the characters for what is now known as the Bronze Age of comics, he told members of the media, including Rotten Tomatoes, during a press preview this week.But for the Arrowverse’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” five-episode crossover event, starting this Sunday on Supergirl, the goal was something different.“We’ve never felt [our] multiverse is too complex,” Guggenheim explained.Like many DC Comics crossovers, the opportunity to “fix” aspects of the individual shows will be available to their respective creative teams should they deem it necessary, of course. In terms of story, though, “Crisis” homes in on the big emotions of the original comic book storyline — a tale which is both the end of one era and the beginning of another.“We wanted the characters to go through something incredibly significant,” DC’s Legends of Tomorrow co-showrunner Keto Shimizu said. “That’s what grounds this and makes this Crisis important on a deep ‘heart’ level. It brings [the characters on each show] closer together [emotionally].”
In the original Star Wars trilogy, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) dreamed of becoming a Jedi Knight (and he finally did in Return of the Jedi). Now, the veteran actor is suiting up again — this time to play a Templar Knight in History’s Knightfall.The Templar Knights have as much mythology as the Jedis (and perhaps more given that they were, you know, real people). Knightfall explores the Templars’ battles against King Phillip IV of France in the 13th century. While Landry (Tom Cullen) and Talus (Hamill) were not historical figures, they’re the fictional knights leading the charge against Knightfall’s Philip (Ed Stoppard).Ahead of season 2, Hamill, Cullen, and producer Aaron Helbing all helped Rotten Tomatoes outline the similarities and differences between the fictional Jedi Knights and the real Templars.Knightfall returns Monday, March 27 at 10 p.m. on History.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.