CBS' Supergirl is still in its first season and as the show continues to get better and more popular, the network has yet to renew the freshman superhero show. 11 shows have been renewed by CBS, including Blue Bloods, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, Mom, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, 2 Broke Girls, Survivor, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory and NCIS.
Possible spoilers for Supergirl up ahead!
Supergirl was off to a bit of a rough start when it debuted last year, with its first six or seven episodes leaving me feeling iffy about the show itself. It's pro-woman themes, while very appropriate and necessary, came off as forced from time to time, along with some very cheesy dialogue. But after that, especially when the show returned from its midseason break, the acting, writing and directing has gotten much better.Last week, the show was able to pull in an estimated 5.995 million viewers and ratings have been in decline these last few weeks. Though, I imagine after tonight's Supergirl/Flash crossover, Supergirl's ratings will be higher. At least, they should be; Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti and crew are really going out of their way to make this show and the DC television universe fun. (Excluding Gotham, which is terrible.)This Supergirl/Flash crossover has apparently been an idea since they first cast Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Supergirl. Berlanti and Kreisberg both went into detail on the idea for the crossover and exploring the multiverse with Collider this month.
"One of the things that really kept the flame and the torch for it alive was that a lot of journalists and the fans online wanted it," Berlanti said. "There was consistent enthusiasm, throughout the year, for the idea. Once everybody had a sense of how the shows worked independently and how they could possibly come together, that's how it all happened."Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash) is going to be quite a big help for Kara/Supergirl this week, according to the producers. In the clip above, we get to see Kara introducing Barry to both Winn and Jimmy, and watch Barry describe how the multiverse works.
"Supergirl really needed him this week because of the things that she's been dealing with," Kreisberg explained. "I called Grant and said, 'Do you want to do this? You're going to get to be Oliver.' And he was like, 'I'm going to have to be all dark and brooding?' And I was like, 'No, no, no, no, no. In the same way that, in the pilot, you were just starting out and Oliver was the one who had been doing it for awhile, he was able to be the voice of reason and help you out. That's what you're going to be for Kara.'"
It sounds like that is exactly what Barry should and would be doing. Recently, Kara has been having a difficult time trying to gain the city's trust as Supergirl. The Flash, who's already a veteran superhero, should certainly be able to provide some very wise and useful advice.
It's also nice to see a crossover that involves two superheroes who aren't dark and brooding, like Oliver Queen. One of the best, if not the best, aspects of these DC shows is that Berlanti, Kreisberg, etc., are true comic book geeks who understand the characters and their universe inside and out.Since Livewire proved to be a successful villain for the show, according to the producers, she definitely had to be a part of the crossover. And Silver Banshee is a villain that's been established for a handful of episodes, with Italia Ricci as Siobhan Smythe. Apparently, Bizarro was also going to be in tonight's episode, fighting Supergirl alongside Livewire and Silver Banshee, but that concept was reportedly just too expensive to pull off.
I've grown to like Supergirl with the last several episodes and would like to see this story continue with a second season. I'm not entirely convinced CBS is going to cancel the series, considering that it is the only female superhero show on television. With surprises like Hank Henshaw being Martian Manhunter and introducing the White Martians, I want to see what else they have planned for Supergirl.The Supergirl and The Flash crossover episode, "Worlds Finest," airs Monday, March 28, at 8 p.m. PST on CBS. For those of you who are on the East Coast and may have already seen the episode, what are your thoughts on "Worlds Finest?" Was it any good? Do you want a Season 2 of Supergirl?
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