For the in-universe concept, see multiverse.
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An unnamed shared multiverse often referred to as the Arrowverse[1][2] or CW Multiverse,[3] 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.[4] However, after executives saw the initial episodes, they decided to order the series straight to pilot.[5] In early 2015, the CW announced a web-series for Vixen to air on the CW Seed.[6]. Two months later, The CW announced an additional series, DC's Legends of Tomorrow to air early 2016.[7] On August 12, 2015, Wendy Mericle confirmed their version of John Constantine follows the same continuity as NBC's Constantine.[8] On December 12, 2018, Marc Guggenheim confirmed their version of Barry Allen follows the same continuity as CBS's The Flash.[9]


Series name Original run Amount of media produced
Television series
There have been a total of 494 episodes aired throughout the shared multiverse across four media platforms: The CW, CW Seed, NBC, and CBS.
The Flash 1990–1991 22 episodes
Arrow 2012–present 161 episodes
The Flash 2014–present 116 episodes
Constantine 2014–2015 13 aired episodes; 1 unaired[10]
Supergirl 2015–present 89 episodes
DC's Legends of Tomorrow 2016–present 67 episodes
Batwoman 2019-present 2 episodes
Web series
Airing on CW Seed, three animated series have contributed to the shared multiverse with content being released online.
Vixen 2015–2016 12 episodes
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. As well, a comic book series was for The Flash in print. Several of the issues have been considered non-canon.
The Flash TV Special 1991 2 issues
Arrow 2012–2013 36 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)[11]
Internet blogs
Through the internet blogging site Tumblr, The CW promotes The Flash.
The Chronicles of Cisco 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.
Arrow: Vengeance 2016
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
TV shorts
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
Suit Up 2018

See also


  1. ‘Arrow’ Casts Mr. Terrific And Anarky - Deadline
  2. Why Supergirl Shouldn't Join The Flash/Arrowverse - Forbes
  3. The Flash: Will the Real Flash Please Stand Up? - DC Comics
  4. UPDATE: CW Eyes ‘Flash’ Series With ‘Arrow’s Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg & David Nutter - Deadline
  5. CW’s ‘The Flash’ To Do Stand-Alone Pilot Instead Of ‘Arrow’ Backdoor Pilot Episode - Deadline
  6. DC Comics’ Vixen Coming To CW Seed - KSiteTV
  7. Arrow/Flash Superhero Team-Up Spinoff In Works At CW; Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller, Caity Lotz Star - Deadline
  8. Arrow: Constantine Will Help Bring Sara Lance Back - IGN
  9. Twitter
  10. "Final Girl"
  11. "Sister Act"

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