How To Watch The DC Crossover Events on Netflix

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Since the release of Arrow back in 2012, there have been 6 subsequent heroes with their very own TV shows in the shared Arrowverse. There have been four promoted crossovers in that time and with the fifth on the way, new fans will want to know what order to view them in. Let us help you watch the DC crossover events.

The shared Arrowverse has been on our screens for just over 6 years now and we’ve seen a total of four crossover events. If you don’t count the seasons currently running on TV that’s 397 episodes of TV to binge! With so many characters spread across so many shows, it’s natural that they team up and fight together. But with so many heroes how do we know which seasons and episodes they have crossed over for?

The Crossover Events

Flash vs. Arrow (2014/2015 Seasons)

Episodes: 2
Part One: The Flash S1xE8 “Flash vs. Arrow”
Part Two: Arrow S3xE8 “The Brave and the Bold”

Synopsis: The Scarlett Speedster and Emerald Archer team up for the first time to help take down Captain Boomerang. Along the way, Barry Allen will learn a lot of what it means to be a vigilante from his friend Oliver Queen.

Heroes Join Forces (2015/2016 Seasons)

Episodes: 2
Part One: The Flash S2xE8 “Legends of Today”
Part Two: Arrow S4xE8 “Legends of Yesterday”

Synopsis: The evil Vandal Savage targets barista Kendra Saunder. Having survived the attack from Vandel, Kendra and Cisco seek out the Flash to aid them in their fight against Vandal. The appearance of Hawk-Man throws their plan into chaos. Team Flash and Team Arrow must work together to create a weapon powerful enough to stop the immortal Vandal Savage.

Invasion! (2016/2017 Seasons)

Episodes: 4
Part One: Supergirl S2xE8 “Medusa”
Part Two: The Flash S3xE8 “Invasion!”
Part Three: Arrow S5xE8 “Invasion!”
Part Four: Legends of Tomorrow S2xE7 “Invasion!”

Synopsis: As an alien invasion commences on earth and the heroes must unite to stop the alien threat.

Crisis on Earth-X (2017/2018 Seasons)

Episodes: 4
Part One: Supergirl S3xE8 “Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1”
Part Two: Arrow S6xE8 “Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2”
Part Three: The Flash S4xE8 “Crisis on Earth-X, Part 3”
Part Four: Legends of Tomorrow S3x8 “Crisis on Earth-X, Part 4”

Synopsis: After Nazis crash Barry’s wedding, they soon discover that they have come from another Earth. The 53rd Earth, or better known as Earth-X, is controlled by Nazis. Having to face their evil respective doppelgangers, the heroes must stop the Nazi invasion of their world.

Elseworlds (2018/2019 Seasons)

Episodes: 3
Part One: The Flash S5xE9 “Elseworlds, Part 1”
Part Two: Arrow S7xE9 “Elseworlds, Part 2”
Part Three: Supergirl S4xE9 “Elseworlds, Part 3”

Synopsis: Waking up one morning Barry Allen and Oliver Queen to discover the pair have somehow swapped lives. Barry now the Green Arrow and Oliver Queen as The Flash, things get worse for the pair when Team Flash imprison them, believing them to be imposters. After escaping their cell the dynamic duo search Supergirl on Earth-38 and ask for her help.

With the trio working together, they begin to investigate the strange happenings across their worlds. But as their investigation continues it soon becomes clear that not only is their world at risk but the infinite amount of universes too.

Crisis on Infinite Earths

The foundation for the story of Crisis on Infinite Earths was laid last season with the appearance of The Monitor. Network president of the CW Mark Pedowitz confirmed the storyline for next season.

Crisis on Infinite Earths will be the biggest crossover event in the Arrowverse yet with 5 episodes taking place across Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman.

What is Crisis on Infinite Earths?

Crisis on Infinite Earths is a DC comic book storyline that took place in the 1980s and is regarded as one of the most influential storylines of the entire franchise. The series tied in many characters of note across the DC universe including all of the members from the Justice League.

Faced with the threat of their reality being wiped from existence it was up to the Justice League to save all of reality from the Anti-Monitor.

The Chronological Release of The Arrowverse

Below is the full list of all the seasons of the Arrowverse. While Constantine and Vixen are not available to stream on Netflix, both characters have their respective shows and crossed over with multiple characters. The list below is in order for the chronological release but also ties into the way the crossover events should be watched.

Show Season Total Episodes Release Date Season IMDB Rating
Arrow 1 23 10/22/2012 8.5
Arrow 2 23 10/21/2013 8.9
Constantine 1 13 10/04/2014 8.3
The Flash 1 23 10/28/2014 8.4
Arrow 3 23 10/30/2014 8.7
Vixen (Animated Series) 1 6 08/25/2015 7.7
The Flash 2 23 10/13/2015 8.7
Arrow 4 23 10/14/2015 7.8
Supergirl 1 20 10/29/2015 7.9
Legends of Tomorrow 1 16 03/03/2016 8.2
Vixen (Animated Series) 2 6 10/10/2016 7.5
Supergirl 2 22 10/24/2016 7.5
The Flash 3 23 10/25/2016 8.4
Arrow 5 23 10/06/2016 8.6
Legends of Tomorrow 2 17 11/03/2016 8.4
Supergirl 3 23 10/16/2017 7.6
The Flash 4 23 10/17/2017 7.8
Legends of Tomorrow 3 18 10/18/2017 8.4
Arrow 6 23 10/19/2017 8.3
Black Lightning 1 13 01/16/2018 7.4
Black Lightning 2 16 10/09/2018 6.4
The Flash 5 23 10/18/2018 8.3
Supergirl 4 22 10/22/2018 7.5
Arrow 7 22 10/23/2018 8.6
Legends of Tomorrow 4 20 10/31/2018 8.3
Batwoman 1 TBA TBA N/A

Constantine was not on the CW and unfortunately was canceled after only one season. Matt Ryan has since reprised his role as Constantine on the CW and is currently apart of the cast of Legends of Tomorrow.

Black Lightning is yet to make a crossover appearance and there is no confirmation that he is set to appear in this year’s annual crossover.

Have there been Crossovers without the annual events?

Many of the characters across the TV shows have crossed into each other’s worlds, and while these appearances weren’t promoted as crossover events it was fun to see characters from different shows interacting with each other.  We won’t list all of them here due to spoilers but across the 397 Episodes, there are 55 crossover encounters! So you’ll see plenty of your favorite characters invading each other shows plenty of times.

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Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 as a fulltime writer having worked in numerous other industries until that point. Jacob covers all things Netflix whether that's TV or movies but specializes in covering new anime and K-dramas. Resides in Norwich in the United Kingdom.