- For the in-universe concept, see multiverse.
The "Arrowverse", also known as the CW Multiverse, is a television franchise that is based on characters that appear in publications by DC Comics. The shared multiverse is akin to the DC universe in their comic books, which has had crossover plot elements, settings, and characters.
The CW began airing in fall 2012. Due to its success, the network began production for a spin-off the following year. Barry Allen was planned to be introduced in the eighth and ninth episodes of the show's second season, followed by the twentieth episode acting as a backdoor pilot. However, after executives saw the initial episodes, they decided to order the series straight to pilot. In early 2015, the CW announced a web-series for to air on the CW Seed. Two months later, The CW announced an additional series, to air early 2016. On August 12, 2015, Wendy Mericle confirmed their version of John Constantine follows the same continuity as NBC's . On December 12, 2018, Marc Guggenheim confirmed their version of Barry Allen follows the same continuity as CBS's .
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There have been a total of 574 episodes aired throughout the Arrowverse across four media platforms: The CW, CW Seed, The WB, NBC, and CBS.
|2014–2015||13 aired episodes; 1 unaired|
Airing on CW Seed, three animated series have contributed to the Arrowverse with content being released online.
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Several comic book issues have been released online revolving around the characters in some of The CW television shows. Later the issues were released as a print graphic novel. As well, a comic book series was for CBS' in print. Several of the issues have been considered non-canon.
|2016||13 issues (+1 special edition)|
Through the internet blogging site Tumblr, The CW promotes .
|2015–2019||95 blog posts|
Several novels have been released revolving around the characters in some of The CW television shows. Portions of the novels have been considered non-canon.
The CW has made a recent trend of releasing a non-canon advertisement for the current/upcoming seasons of the Arrowverse shows before a new airing block begins.
The CW has released non-canon specials to promote different aspects of the Arrowverse series.
- As a further tie-in, DC Universe Online has a character skin for the Kara Danvers/Supergirl from the television series .
- As of , the following universes are also tied-into the Arrowverse: the Batman TV series universe, the DC Extended Universe, the Lucifer universe, the Smallville universe, the Stargirl universe, the Superman Anthology universe, the Tim Burton universe, and the Titans universe.
- ↑ ‘Arrow’ Casts Mr. Terrific And Anarky - Deadline
- ↑ Why Supergirl Shouldn't Join The Flash/Arrowverse - Forbes
- ↑ The Flash: Will the Real Flash Please Stand Up? - DC Comics
- ↑ UPDATE: CW Eyes ‘Flash’ Series With ‘Arrow’s Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg & David Nutter - Deadline
- ↑ CW’s ‘The Flash’ To Do Stand-Alone Pilot Instead Of ‘Arrow’ Backdoor Pilot Episode - Deadline
- ↑ DC Comics’ Vixen Coming To CW Seed - KSiteTV
- ↑ Arrow/Flash Superhero Team-Up Spinoff In Works At CW; Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller, Caity Lotz Star - Deadline
- ↑ Arrow: Constantine Will Help Bring Sara Lance Back - IGN
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|Batman TV series universe • DC Extended Universe • Lucifer universe • Smallville universe • Stargirl universe • Superman Anthology universe • Tim Burton's Batman universe • Swamp-Thing universe • Titans universe • Wonder Woman universe|