- For the in-universe concept, see multiverse.
The "Arrowverse", also known as the CW Multiverse or simply CWverse, 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 Arrow in fall 2012. Due to its success, the network began production for a The Flash 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 Vixen to air on the CW Seed. Two months later, The CW announced an additional series, DC's Legends of Tomorrow to air early 2016. On August 12, 2015, Wendy Mericle confirmed their version of John Constantine follows the same continuity as NBC's Constantine. On December 12, 2018, Marc Guggenheim confirmed their version of Barry Allen follows the same continuity as CBS's The Flash.
|Series name||Original run||Amount of media produced|
There have been a total of 678 episodes aired throughout the Arrowverse across four media platforms: The CW, CW Seed, The WB, NBC, and CBS.
|The Flash||1990–1991||22 episodes|
|Birds of Prey||2002–2003||13 episodes|
|The Flash||2014–present||142 episodes|
|Constantine||2014–2015||13 aired episodes; 1 unaired|
|DC's Legends of Tomorrow||2016–present||85 episodes|
|Black Lightning||2018–present||57 episodes|
|Superman & Lois||2021–present||5 episodes|
Airing on CW Seed and YouTube, three animated and two live action webseires have contributed to the Arrowverse with content being released online.
|Freedom Fighters: The Ray||2017–2018||12 episodes|
|Blood Rush||2013||6 webisodes|
|John Con Noir||2015||1 webisode|
|Chronicles of Cisco||2016||4 webisodes|
|Stretched Scene||2017||3 webisodes|
|Mister Parker's Cul De Sac||2020||5 webisodes|
|Comic book series|
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' The Flash in print. Several of the issues have been considered non-canon.
|The Flash TV Special||1991||2 issues|
|Arrow: Season 2.5||2014–2015||24 issues|
|The Flash: Season Zero||2014–2015||24 issues|
|Arrow: The Dark Archer||2016||12 issues|
|Adventures of Supergirl||2016||13 issues (+1 special edition)|
|Crisis on Infinite Earths Giant||2019-2020||2 issues|
Through the internet blogging sites Tumblr and Instagram, The CW promotes The Flash.
|The Chronicles of Cisco||2015–present||101 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 Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen||2016|
|Arrow: A Generation of Vipers||2017|
|The Flash: Hocus Pocus||2017|
|Supergirl: Age of Atlantis||2017|
|Arrow: Fatal Legacies||2018|
|The Flash: Johnny Quick||2018|
|Supergirl: Curse of the Ancients||2018|
|The Flash: Climate Changeling||2018|
|The Flash: The Tornado Twins||2018|
|Supergirl: Master of Illusion||2019|
|The Flash: Green Arrow's Perfect Shot||2019|
|The Flash: Supergirl's Sacrifice||2020|
|The Flash: The Legends of Forever||2021|
CBS released a video game to promote their television series, The Flash.
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.
|Superhero Fight Club||2015|
|Guitar Hero Challenge||2015|
|Superhero Fight Club 2.0||2016|
The CW has released non-canon specials to promote different aspects of the Arrowverse series.
|DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Their Time Is Now||2016|
|Constantine: The Legend Continues||2018|
|Arrow: Hitting the Bullseye||2020|
|Superman & Lois: Legacy of Hope||2021|
- As a further tie-in, DC Universe Online has a character skin for the Kara Danvers/Supergirl from the television series Supergirl.
- As of Crisis on Infinite Earths, the following universes are also tied-into the Arrowverse:
- The Batman TV series universe (Set on Earth-66 in the original multiverse)
- The Batman Anthology universe (Set on Earth-89 in the original multiverse)
- The Superman Anthology universe (Set on Earth-96 in the original and new multiverses)
- The Smallville universe (Set on Earth-167 in the original and new multiverses)
- The Lucifer universe (Set on Earth-666 in the original and new multiverses)
- The DC Extended Universe (Set on Earth-TUD13)
- The Stargirl universe (Set on Earth-2 in the new multiverse)
- The Swamp Thing universe (Set on Earth-19 in the new multiverse)
- The Titans universe (Set on Earth-9 in the original and new multiverses)
- The Doom Patrol universe (Set on Earth-21 in the new multiverse)
- The CW was attempting to produce a spinoff series of Arrow, titled Green Arrow and the Canaries, but decided not to move forward with the project.
- "'Supergirl,' 'The Flash' EP Shoots Down Crossover Rumors" - The Hollywood Reporter
- "‘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
- The CWverse Superheroes | The CW - YouTube
- "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
- Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter
- "Final Girl"
- "Sister Act"
- "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One"
- "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two"
- "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five"
- Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim)
- "Smallville's Superman Is Still Alive Post-Crisis, Confirms Arrowverse Producer" - Screen Rant
- "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three"
- "Tom Ellis Explains When Crisis Fits Into Lucifer's Timeline" - CBR