The CW kicked off its shared superhero universe with Arrow in 2012, but the series was used as a springboard for the network’s second DC TV series by introducing Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) before he spun off into The Flash. Ever since The Flash’s first season, The CW has leaned into its shared superhero universe by scheduling a major crossover event each year, with smaller crossovers incorporated throughout the seasons. With both Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl joining The CW’s roster of superheroes last year, the network’s ‘Invasion!’ crossover event last November was the biggest yet.
However, another event-style crossover is planned for two of The CW’s DC Comics-based series with The Flash and Supergirl teaming for a musical episode later this season. As previously reported, it’s expected to kick off in Supergirl’s March 20th episode with a scene similar to the one that launched the ‘Invasion!’ event, and will conclude in The Flash’s March 21st episode, titled ‘Duet’. Now, new photos from the set of The Flash’s episode may offer insight about one aspect of the musical crossover episode.
According to HollywoodNorth.Buzz, The Flash was filming in the city of New Westminster this weekend, shooting a scene depicting a “car chase with gangsters and guns” that will not include singing. The account also reported John Barrowman, who plays Malcolm Merlyn on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, and The Flash’s Jesse L. Martin (Joe West) were on set. The style of the cars in the photos indicates a possible 1940s setting – perhaps even Earth-2. Additionally, The Flash’s Candice Patton (Iris West) tweeted that she filmed scenes for the musical that will include an Iris fans aren’t used to. Take a look at Patton’s tweet and The Flash set photos:
shot some fun stuff for the flash musical today!— Candice Patton (@candicekp) February 11, 2017
this isn't the iris you're used to..
The CW previously announced Barry Allen and Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) will be facing off against Batman: The Brave and the Bold villain Music Meister – played by former Glee star Darren Criss (who appeared on Fox’s musical dramedy alongside both Gustin and Benoist). Criss was spotted on set of The Flash last week, though he wasn’t wearing the zoot suit Music Meister sported in his appearance on Batman: The Brave and the Bold. However, though Criss wasn’t seen filming the car chase scene in these new set photos, their period setting may indicate the actor will wear Music Meister’s flashy zoot suit after all.
Otherwise, there’s little to glean from these new set photos from The Flash since it’s unclear what the exact plot of ‘Duet’ will be. It was previously reported which Supergirl characters will appear in ‘Duet’ – Kara, Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan), J’onn J’onzz aka Martian Manhunter (David Harewood), and Mon-El (Chris Wood). Benoist and Jordan will have signing roles along with Gustin, Barrowman, Criss, Martin, Legends of Tomorrow’s Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber), and The Flash’s Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes). Two original songs were written for ‘Duet’ including “Superfriends” by the creator/star of The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Rachel Bloom and “Runnin’ Home to You” by La La Land songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
Although it’s unclear how these new set photos fit into the plot of ‘Duet’, it seems clear the episode will offer fans of The Flash and Supergirl more than even its musical numbers. The period setting of this particular car chase scene may indicate the characters travel in time or, more likely, travel to a different Earth. Earth-2, for its part, features plenty of influences from the ’40s/’50s (perhaps that’s where Music Meister hails from). Still, all these pieces will come together once the premiere date of ‘Duet’ draws closer. Until then, fans of The Flash and Supergirl have plenty to look forward to when the heroes team up in their first musical crossover event.
Supergirl continues Monday February 13 with ‘Luthors’ at 8pm on The CW. The Flash continues Tuesday February 21st with ‘Attack On Gorilla City’ at 8pm on The CW.
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