Executive producers of both shows, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg issued a joint statement which reads:
“We are so incredibly excited to announce something that we have dreamed of happening since we starting making ‘Supergirl’. We want to thank Grant Gustin for making the time to come visit (on top of his already immense workload) and all of the folks at CBS, The CW, Warner Bros. and DC for working this out. And finally thanks to the fans and journalists who have kept asking for this to happen. It is our pleasure and hope to create an episode worthy of everyone’s enthusiasm and support.”
The biggest obstacle has been the fact that these two shows, both based on characters from DC Comics, air on two separate networks. ‘The Flash’ is currently the top rated show on The CW, while this is the freshman year for ‘Supergirl’ on CBS. There is a connection. CBS partially owns The CW, while the other half is owned by Warner Brothers, who also owns DC Comics. But at the end of the day, the pair are still rivals and rivals don’t often work together.
Grant Gustin will guest star as The Flash on the March 28th episode of ‘Supergirl’. Supergirl (played by Melissa Benoist) will NOT return the favor by visiting ‘The Flash’, so this is unlike the annual crossovers between ‘The Flash’ and ‘Arrow’ in which the storylines overlap.
An earlier report suggested that CBS didn’t want the shows to cross over because they wanted ‘Supergirl’ to soar on its own. But while ‘The Flash’ is going strong on The CW as its top rated show, ‘Supergirl’ hasn’t lived up to its high profile launch. Ratings have steadily declined as the season has progressed. So honestly, ‘The Flash’ doesn’t need the boost, but ‘Supergirl’ could.
But another factor may simply be money. ‘Supergirl’ has a higher budget than ‘The Flash’ and can therefore afford the extra effects needed to incorporate The Flash, but maybe ‘The Flash’ can’t afford to replicate Supergirl on its budget.
Sadly, this leaves ‘Arrow’ as the odd show out. The show and its star Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Green Arrow) won’t be participating. Not this time anyway!
Are you excited to see The Flash guest-star on ‘Supergirl’? What would you like to see happen? And do you think this could become an annual tradition?