After launching two hit series for The CW based on DC Comics’ roster of heroes, ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash’, producer Greg Berlanti is bringing some of that DC magic to CBS with one of this fall’s most buzzed about new shows, ‘Supergirl.’ Berlanti’s involvement set fanboys and girls abuzz. ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash’ cross over all the time! Could ‘Supergirl’ join this mix as well, despite airing on a different network?
Berlanti and others teased that this was a possibility, due to his agreement with CBS, but unfortunately, it looks as if Supergirl will have to fly on her own. CBS president Nina Tassler had previously expressed that the network was looking to build ‘Supergirl’ up solo. Now Berlanti seconds that desire, revealing:
“The network has said publicly at this point they’re going to keep her to themselves. I always approach the shows as a fan first, so I would love to see [a crossover]. I think in success, all things are possible. But there’s a lot that would have to happen before everybody might say yes to that.”
Is this a wise strategy? Wouldn’t attaching ‘Supergirl’ to two already established hits potentially elevate this freshman series? Is CBS making a big mistake here, not playing nice with The CW?
However, upon consideration, ‘Supergirl’ already seems to be set up in a separate reality, where her cousin Superman is already a publicly known presence. But as loyal viewers know, ‘Arrow’ existed in a world without super powers. The first being with meta-human abilities was The Flash, with other victims of the exploding particle accelerator making their presences known over time. Superman would really screw up these shows’ established continuity. (And ‘The Flash’ with its time travel and parallel realities is already a lot to make sense of.)
But perhaps fans are willing to turn a blind eye to see the Girl of Steel mix it up with the defenders of Starling and Central City. It sounds like CBS just wants ‘Supergirl’ to be a success on its own, without relying on the two established hits. Maybe once her series proves to be a hit (hopefully), further possibilities could open up. Berlanti certainly seems keen on the idea.
For the time being, this is as close as we’ll get to a ‘Flash’/’Supergirl’ crossover, on the cover of Variety.
Are you okay with a freestanding ‘Supergirl’ disconnected from DC’s existing hits? Does this revelation make you more or less likely to check out the Girl of Steel’s prime time adventures?
‘Supergirl’ debuts in November, airing on Mondays at 8/7c.
Source: Cinema Blend