The CW officially kicked off its DC Comics superhero universe in 2012 when Arrow premiered, but the world has since expanded to include Barry Allen's (Grant Gustin) home of Central City in The Flash, and all of time and space with Legends of Tomorrow. Earlier this year it was additionally revealed that Supergirl - then airing on CBS - was part of the live-action DCTV world by means of the multiverse thanks to a cross-network crossover with The Flash.
Now, with Supergirl heading to The CW for season 2, and each of the other three DC Comics TV series having established their own corners of the universe, the network has a number of plans for further crossovers and comic book storylines. The Flash will kick off its third season by adapting the Flashpoint comic event, plus The CW has announced a four-show crossover in addition to a musical crossover between Supergirl and The Flash. Now, Andrew Kreisberg, an executive producer across all four DC series, discusses how Supergirl season 2 specifically will be more like the comics.
In an interview with Collider, Kreisberg spoke about how season 2 will differ from Supergirl's freshman outing. He called season 2 a sequel since the characters have now been established and the show can dive deeper into their stories. Plus, Kreisberg said season 2 is more "comic book-y" thanks to the arrival of the Man of Steel:
In some ways, the show is a little bit more comic book-y, with the addition of Superman and some of the things we’re trying, but it’s also gotten richer, with some of the characters and what they’ll be exploring this season.
Additionally, in regard to the musical crossover between Supergirl and The Flash - which, while speculated may happen by fans, was still a surprise to many - Kreisberg spoke about the many ways in which the shows are going beyond what TV viewers may expect from a superhero series. The CW's DC Comics shows have featured a number of crossovers already and established "alternate dimensions and timelines" - all while attempting to honor the comics on which the series are based. Kreisberg explained:
That’s the fun of comic books, and that’s what was always so great about them for us, when we were kids. Even when DC did “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” or Marvel did “Secret Wars,” they made them seem like these big, giant events, and that’s what we try to emulate in the crossovers.
Certainly, with two big event crossovers already announced, and still more teased by members of the cast, fans of The CW's live-action DC universe have plenty to look forward to in the coming season. While there have been event crossovers between the series in the past, this will be the first to include Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl all together. Given the crossovers and the impact of Flashpoint across the universe, this season is shaping up to be more interconnected than ever before.
That said, fans may also be anticipating Supergirl's second season to see how the show has managed the move from CBS to The CW, and from its freshman to sophomore outing. As Kreisberg indicated, the Girl of Steel experienced some growing pains in season 1, comparing the show to The CW's flagship DC hero:
We’re so proud of Supergirl last season, but it reminded us, a little bit, of Season 1 of Arrow. We knew there was a great show in there and, every once in awhile, we would make it great, but we didn’t know how to do it consistently yet.
So, whether because of the planned crossovers, the introduction of Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), or simply the continued adventures of Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist), there are many aspects of Supergirl season 2 that will draw in new and returning viewers. As the season 2 premiere date draws closer, fans will likely learn even more of what to expect from the Girl of Steel.
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.