The Flash’s own Barry Allen will be taking a trip to see the lady Kryptonian on the CBS TV series Supergirl. He’s already crossed over with Oliver Queen on CW’s Arrow in Star City and now the Central City Scarlet Speedster will paying Melissa Benoist’s character a visit in National City, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The Flash and Supergirl’s executive producers, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, made an announcement regarding this momentous occasion and even thanked Grant Gustin in taking his time to be involved in this venture.
“We are so incredibly excited to announce something that we have dreamed of happening since we starting making Supergirl —The Flash and Supergirl are teaming up!”
This TV show ensemble situation is interesting because at first, this was deemed “unlikely” in a report by Tech Times due to legal reasons. Producer Andrew Kreisberg was cited back in December regarding the challenge in bringing yet another DC Comics character in addition to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, and The Flash. He is, however, the co-creator of Supergirl. So it looks like his career background links to both networks.
“But right now there is no legitimate actual plan to bring [The Flash’s] Cisco [Carlos Valdes] onto Supergirl or to bring [Supergirl’s] Winn [Jeremy Jordan] onto Legends [of Tomorrow]. First of all, we don’t even know if we could, legally. And quite frankly, just making the Arrow-verse—which is what we call Legends, Flash and Arrow—work, and then making Supergirl work, it’s enough of a challenge without having to add a fourth player.”
Then enter Supergirl co-producer Greg Berlanti who came back with this crossover actually being possible as reported by Tech Times in November, but this was just for a moment.
“The show will follow 24-year-old Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, and with a twist that could melt fanboy brains, Berlanti says it’s possible this Supergirl could enter the worlds of Arrow and The Flash.”
So the CBS TV show producer was right the first time and because of that, it was reported by IGN just last month on how this was possibly in the works. Comments then made by president of CBS Glenn Geller seemed to suggest this during the TCA Winter Press Tour, but he made sure to say how careful he had to be in talking about this crossover and took on a “we’ll see” attitude about it.
“I have to be really careful what I say here. Watch and wait and see what happens.”
With The Flash and Supergirl coming together this could be an indicator of future CW/CBS TV show crossovers between networks and it looks as if some legalities of the situation, somewhere, allowed for this. Something else that’s notable is that National City’s first appearance, according to Wikipedia and other reference sources, seem to indicate its existence as TV-based and not that of the comic book world, at least in a traditional sense.
Could this disconnect be the exception found in the legalities of tying the Central City’s Flash to Supergirl’s small screen National City location? Could this major announcement open a path for the Arrow-verse to join up with the world of Supergirl on the small screen?
The ratings of The Flash compared to Supergirl’s were quite contrasting. The CW superhero TV show “stayed strong” with the return of the Reverse Flash during season 2, episode 11, where it rated a 1.4 in the age demographic of 18 to 49, bringing in 3.7 million viewers.
The Supergirl rating situation was “not so super” with the first season’s “Bizarro” episode. In comparison to The Flash, it did bring aboard 6.7 million viewers with a 1.5 rating of those between the ages of 18 to 49. Though it was higher than The Flash, it was considered a “series low.” The report on these two TV shows was reported by TV Fanatic. Perhaps the combining of the characters will bring up ratings for CBS?
This superhero crossover is set to happen on March 28. The Supergirl TV show airs every Monday night at 8 p.m. EST on CBS and The Flash airs on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. EST on the CW.
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