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Supergirl Exec. Producers Talk Flash Crossover and Maybe Future Arrow Involvement?


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Are you as excited as I am for tonight’s episode of Supergirl? It’s the long-awaited crossover episode between Supergirl and The Flash, “Worlds Finest!” It seems that Executive Producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg are as excited as we are. They even have hope that Green Arrow might someday be brought into the mix! OK guys, now let’s not get crazy…

According to Comic Book Resources, Berlanti and Co. have been thinking about the crossover possibilities since the very beginning of Supergirl. He says:

From the day we cast Melissa [Benoist], the notion of her in scenes with Grant — or, someday maybe in the best of all worlds, with [‘Arrow’ star] Stephen [Amell] as well — it’s exciting to think of them on screen together. There was a similar tonality to the shows.

There ware obviously network considerations when it came to making a crossover happen, but they also wanted to make sure that it could work story-wise so that the episode wouldn’t seem “gimmicky.” Says Berlanti:

A few things definitely had to go right. We were introducing this notion of Earth-2 and the Multiverse [on the second season of The Flash], that had to work. We always said very openly that Flash and Arrow exist in a universe where there’s no Superman, or you would have heard about him. There was just the notion that it was two separate networks, so it was definitely more challenging in that way. Two separate cities that they shoot in. We wanted [Supergirl] to work, stand on its own, have its own audience.

What’s kinda funny is that the Flash episode that explains the crossover…airs tomorrow. Such is the nature of network scheduling! Berlanti explains:

They kind of flip order, obviously. The Flash that sort of hints at how he gets over there and gets back airs on Tuesday. The audience has to forgive us that one is actually going to air before the crossover — and they shouldn’t wait to watch Supergirl until after the Flash episode!

Meanwhile, Kreisberg explains pretty much what we all know about Supergirl and The Flash being the most adorable golden retrievers ever:

Creatively, with The Flash and Arrow crossovers, they’ve always been designed to highlight the heroes differences. There tended to be a great deal of conflict — a cross-cutting of styles. What was appealing about this was the idea of, Melissa and Grant are so similar as actors, and Barry and Kara both have a light to them. They’re definitely daytime heroes that live more in the light. Watching the two of them form this instantaneous best friendship was part of, creatively speaking, what was really exciting for us to explore in this episode.

Sadly, we’ll have to wait for any crossover with Arrow – though I don’t know how that would even work. They tried, but it just couldn’t work this time:

For me, [The Flash] was the door, the gateway. He was the only one who had the capacity to really open that door, and hopefully now it’s open. In a perfect world, it probably would have been both of them — it’s not just The Flash, it’s Arrow, too. But logistically that would have been a nightmare at this point in the year to try and do it to both shows.

I can’t even imagine a world in which this Kara Zor-El and this Oliver Queen would ever associate. Then again, Kara and Oliver were practically besties on Justice League Unlimited, so there are definitely possibilities there. One thing’s for sure – I can’t wait to see Kara and Barry face off against Livewire and Silver Banshee tonight!

Supergirl airs at 8PM Eastern TONIGHT on CBS!

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