When the various DC Comics shows return to television this fall, the majority of them will be found on one network - The CW. While Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow will be returning to the network for their fifth, third, and second seasons, respectively, Supergirl will be making the move to The CW from CBS. With all four shows ending on relative cliffhangers, anticipation is high for the premier of the upcoming television season. But resolving cliffhangers is not the only reason to be excited.
With four shows now all filming in Vancouver, all airing on the same network, and all encompassing the same "multiverse," the possibilities for crossovers are endless. In fact, we already know there will be at least one massive crossover that includes characters from Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. It has also been confirmed that there will be a musical crossover between The Flash and Supergirl, that stars Glee alumni, Grant Gustin (who plays The Flash) and Melissa Benoist (who plays Supergirl). Little is known regarding the villain that will unite all four shows, or the circumstances that bring Supergirl into the fold. But the one man that knows it all is Arrowverse mastermind, Greg Berlanti.
Greg Berlanti recently spoke with IndieWire, where he discussed various projects including, the recently announced Black Lightning series picked up by Fox, The CW's Riverdale, and, of course, the Arrowverse. When asked about the four-series crossover, Berlanti had this to say:
"You really are trying to run a single production across three different productions. But they’re run as three separate entities. We have to figure out when we’re borrowing one actor from where. We’re telling one cohesive story; Supergirl will participate, but the storyline doesn’t actively begin there. There are some characters who show up in her episode, but the story begins with The Flash episode and goes to Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. We’re just getting into designing the bad guy for it, and we start now but it doesn’t air until the end of November. We will put a lot of time between now and then figuring out visual effects sequences. Just today I was holding the three scripts back-to-back – that’s 180 pages of material. It’s a three-hour story, almost a miniseries."
Hearing that the crossover is really like a three-hour miniseries is exciting news indeed. When The Flash originally premiered, Berlanti and team were quick to develop crossovers with Arrow. Unfortunately, those crossovers were really two separate stories, where the characters from each show would just visit the other. Last season, as a way to introduce Legends of Tomorrow, we saw a complete two-hour crossover story that began on The Flash and ended on Arrow. That storyline introduced characters like Vandal Savage and Carter Hall while laying the groundwork for the future mission of the Waverider team.
Now, a three-hour cohesive crossover is an undertaking like none we have seen on television before - at least in the superhero genre. It will be awfully exciting to find out who the villain they are working on is, and how Supergirl will be involved, as last we checked, she exists on a different Earth than Barry Allen, Oliver Queen, and the rest of the Arrowverse. We'll have to wait for November to come around to know for sure.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.