- For the in-universe concept, see multiverse.
An unnamed shared multiverse often referred to as the Arrowverse or 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 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.
|Series name||Original run||Amount of media produced|
There have been a total of 418 episodes aired throughout the shared multiverse across four media platforms: The CW, CW Seed, NBC, and CBS.
|The Flash||2014–present||101 episodes|
|Constantine||2014–2015||13 aired episodes; 1 unaired|
|DC's Legends of Tomorrow||2016–present||59 episodes|
Airing on CW Seed, three animated series have contributed to the shared multiverse 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|
|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. Several of the issues have been considered non-canon.
|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|
Through the internet blogging site Tumblr, The CW promotes The Flash.
|The Chronicles of Cisco||2015–present||87 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 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.
- ↑ ‘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