While Crisis on Infinite Earths just reshaped the DC TV multiverse. one of DC’s most famous alternate worlds, Earth-2, is about to get another moment in the spotlight in the upcoming series Stargirl. While the reality of that show has already appeared at the end of Crisis, it’s only one of many, many worlds to be called Earth-2 in comics or TV.
Based on the original DC Universe, Earth-2 has frequently been home to teams like the Justice Society of America and many of DC’s earliest heroes. Now, we’re going to take a look back at the many different worlds that have been called Earth-2 throughout the DC Multiverse.
The first Earth-2 began in 1938 with Superman’s debut in Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s foundational story in Action Comics #1, and that world was soon inhabited by the Golden Age Batman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman, as well as the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott and the first Flash, Jay Garrick. These heroes eventually joined together to create the first superhero team ever: the Justice Society of America.
After DC relaunched Green Lantern and the Flash as new characters in the Silver Age, the original Golden Age versions of the DC heroes were said to live the parallel reality of Earth-Two Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino’s The Flash #123.” The Spectre, Doctor Fate, Wildcat, Sandman, Starman, Johnny Thunder, Hourman, Dr. Midnight, Mister Terrific, Power Girl and the original Atom, Hawkman, Hawkwoman, Huntress and Robin all lived on this earth and operated as teh Justice Society. They regularly interacted with the heroes of Earth-One and its Justice League. While the heroes of the main DC Universe never aged, many of these heroes grew old as characters like Dick Grayson aged into adulthood. However, this all came to an end when Earth-Two was destroyed during Crisis on Infinite Earths and its inhabitants were reimagined as part of a singular New Earth.
The first Crisis ended the multiverse, but that wasn’t the end of DC’s alternate realities. In the graphic novel JLA: Earth 2, Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly turned the Anti-Matter Universe into a new alternate reality. Unlike most other Earth-2s, this world was not home to the JSA but instead housed the Crime Syndicate of Amerika, a villainous take on DC’s heroes that had previously existed on Earth-Three.
Here, all of DC’s heroes were villains, and its villains were heroes. This version of the Crime Syndicate would appear regularly until the return of the Multiverse when they were eventually returned to their traditional home on Earth-3.
After the first Crisis destroyed the multiverse, the events of Infinite Crisis gave birth to a new, finite multiverse consisting of 52 parallel worlds. This included a new Earth-2 that appeared to once again have its own version of the Justice Society of America.
Like the original Earth-Two, this world featured a mix of the Justice Society and the adult children of its original members, like Huntress, the daughter of Batman and Catwoman. However, this was the most mysterious version of Earth-2 by far, and it only appeared six times before it was replaced.
When DC rebooted its continuity with 2011’s New 52, the publisher released a new series titled Earth 2. This world and series featured re-imaginings of its classic Golden Age JSA characters. In this reality, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman were killed defending the world from Darkseid’s invasion, and a new generation of heroes arose to protect it.
Jay Garrick received his speed from the magic of the Greek god Mercury and Alan Scott draws his emerald energies from the life force of the planet earth. The series’ other characters featured similar differences. Between the original Earth 2, Earth 2: Society and Earth 2: World’s End, the series ran for a remarkable total of 78 issues.
Stargirl‘s Earth-2 will actually be the second parallel world bearing that name in the Arrowverse. Originally seen in The Flash‘s second season, the first Earth-2 was the home of that season’s overarching villain, Zoom, who took on the name and guise of Jay Garrick, the Flash, to trick Barry Allen into curing his cellular degeneration. However, the real Jay Garrick returned to protect his homeworld and mentor his younger Earth-1 counterpart, much like he did in comics. This world is also home to series regulars like Jesse Quick and her father Harry Wells.
Despite being designated “Earth-2,” this version featured far more similarities to the Pre-Crisis Earth-Three since most of the main cast’s doppelgangers were their moral opposites. Much like JLA: Earth-2, many of Earth-1’s heroes were villains on Earth-2 and its villains were heroes. However, Earth-2 would eventually be destroyed along with the rest of the multiverse during the CW’s latest crossover, and many of its residents are still unaccounted for.
Despite its destruction, however, Stargirl will give the Arrowverse another chance to explore the multiverse on its new Earth-2. Though the series has yet to debut, its promotional material and the teaser at the end of Crisis indicate that viewers will be dropped into a fully realized world.
A multitude of the world’s inhabitants have already been confirmed, including the original JSA’s Wildcat, Hourman, Starman, Hawkman, Hawkwoman, Doctor Fate, Sandman, Dr. Mid-Nite, Jay Garrick’s the Flash, Alan Scott’s Green Lantern, Johnny Thunder and his Thunderbolt. The Injustice Society will include Tigress, Sportsmaster, Dragon King, Icicle, Solomon Grundy, Shiv, and Brain Wave, and a new generation of the JSA will include a new Dr. Midnight named Beeth Chapel and a new Wildcat named Yolanda Montez.
Set in the present day, Courtney Whitmore will discover the cosmic staff and become Stargirl at the side of her stepfather Pat Dugan, a.k.a. S.T.R.I.P.E., who is one of the few survivors of the Justice Society of America’s apparent demise years earlier at the hands of the Injustice Society. Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E. will continue the JSA’s battle and inspire a new generation of heroes on the all-new Earth-2.
DC Universe’s Stargirl stars Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore (Stargirl), Joel McHale as Sylvester Pemberton (Starman), Brian Stapf as Ted Grant (Wildcat), Lou Ferrigno Jr. as Rex Tyler (Hourman) and Meg DeLacy as Cindy Burman. The series will premiere Monday, May 18 on DC Universe and Tuesday, May 19 on The CW.
From the Flash to Stargirl and the original DC Universe, several different DC worlds have gone by the name Earth-2.