The Arrowverse crossover event, titled "Elseworlds," will see Superman wear a black suit, which will make up for the Justice League movie's biggest missed opportunity. Each year, The CW's various DC Comics television series team up for a crossover event. This year, only characters from Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl will appear, but "Elseworlds" won't be lacking heroes. In addition to Green Arrow (Stephen Amell), The Flash (Grant Gustin) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), the crossover will introduce Ruby Rose's Batwoman. Plus, it will see the return of Tyler Hoechlin's Superman, wearing a very particular costume inspired by the comics.
Prior to the release of Zack Snyder's Justice League, there was a great deal of discussion about whether the movie would feature the black Superman suit. After all, it was introduced in the comic book storyline "The Death of Superman" when the Man of Steel came back to life and Justice League was expected to depict the resurrection of Superman after his death in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. But, despite teases of the black Superman suit in Justice League, it didn't appear. It was later revealed to have been included in a deleted Justice League scene, but only hanging in the background as an Easter egg. Now, Arrowverse's "Elseworlds" has the potential to make up for Justice League's biggest exclusion.
In fact, a set photo from the Arrowverse crossover revealed Superman will wear a black suit at some point in "Elseworlds." Although it's unclear as of yet exactly why the Man of Steel is sporting this particular costume in the crossover, the photo - posted by Arrow star Amell himself - confirms the suit will appear. Further, it also remains to be seen how much of the crossover story will deal with the black suit, but "Elseworlds" will have three episodes to establish the costume and the reason Superman is wearing it. That's much more time than Justice League had to depict the resurrection of Superman - not to mention all the other storylines the movie had to balance.
Still, "Elseworlds" will be balancing additional storylines as well. Not only is the Arrowverse crossover introducing Batwoman, it's mean to set the stage for The CW's in-development Batwoman TV show. Setting up a spinoff, even across three episodes of television, is a large undertaking, and it's likely whatever arc explains Superman wearing the black suit will take a backseat to Batwoman. That is, of course, unless Batwoman's storyline is directly tied into Superman's black costume - but we don't know enough about "Elseworlds" yet to know for sure.
Even if the Arrowverse crossover doesn't adapt "The Death of Superman" in any way and provides a different reason for Hoechlin's Man of Steel to don the black suit - thereby diverging from the comics - The CW is delivering something Warner Bros. could not in Justice League. Fans were incredibly eager to see Henry Cavill wear the black Superman suit, but while there were a number of hints that the alternate costume might appear, Justice League never capitalized on it. Although there were a number of other problems with Justice League, many of which more glaring than the lack of the black Superman suit, fans no doubt included this omission on their list of grievances. But now, the Arrowverse will give fans what they want - something that Justice League seemed poised to feature, but ultimately did not.
Of course, it remains to be seen if the Arrowverse's Superman wearing this suit will feel justified within the story, or if it will be a case of "Elseworlds" including the costume just for the sake of it. After all, the annual Arrowverse crossover has been criticized in the past for prioritizing fan service over substantive story and character development. And, after Justice League didn't deliver the black Superman suit as many fans hoped, the Arrowverse crossover featuring the costume could simply be fan service. Even if that's the case, though, the Arrowverse's "Elseworlds" event is undoubtedly poised to feature the black Superman suit - so it won't take much to improve upon Justice League's lack of this particular comics costume. Fans will have to tune in to the crossover in December to see for themselves if the Arrowverse's new Superman costume makes up for Justice League omitting the black suit, but it almost assuredly will.
The Arrowverse's "Elseworlds" crossover event kicks off with The Flash on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 8pm ET, then continues with Arrow on Monday Dec. 10 at 8pm ET, and concludes with Supergirl on Tuesday Dec. 11 at 8pm ET.