‘The Flash’ and ‘Supergirl’ to Unite for Crossover Episode on CBS

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Grant Gustin, star of The CW’s hit superhero series “The Flash,” will visit CBS’ “Supergirl” for a crossover episode set to air Monday, March 28 at 8 p.m. on CBS, it was announced Wednesday.

Plot details for the episode, titled “Worlds Finest” — including what will bring Barry Allen (Gustin) to National City to meet titular heroine Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) — are set to be announced at a later date.

“We are so incredibly excited to announce something that we have dreamed of happening since we started making ‘Supergirl’ – The Flash and Supergirl are teaming up!” said “Flash” and “Supergirl” executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg. “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 episode, which will be the 18th installment of “Supergirl’s” freshman season, was penned by Kreisberg and Michael Grassi, from a story by Berlanti. Gustin shared the cover page from the script via Instagram after the news was announced.

Really really. Flash is about to meet Supergirl. @melissabenoist

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This won’t be the first time that Gustin and Benoist have united — the pair took part in a cover shoot for Variety to celebrate Berlanti’s superhero success last year.

Berlanti approached a potential “Supergirl” crossover in cautious terms at the time, telling Variety, “[CBS] has said publicly at this point they’re going to keep her to themselves. I always approach the shows as a fan first, so I would love to see [a crossover]. I think in success, all things are possible. But there’s a lot that would have to happen before everybody might say yes to that.”

The CW’s boss, Mark Pedowitz, has always been open to the idea of cross-pollination between the network’s superhero properties and CBS’, telling reporters at the network’s Television Critics Assn. panel, “I leave that to Greg Berlanti and his team. If they can make it work, that’s great. If they cannot, that’s fine. We are open to crossovers … That’s Greg’s call because he understands his shows better than I do because he’s there.”

Gustin is no stranger to crossovers — “The Flash” is a spinoff from Berlanti and Kreisberg’s first CW superhero show, “Arrow,” and the two series have mounted multiple crossover events over the past two seasons. The two shows also spawned The CW’s midseason hit “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” which centers around supporting characters introduced on “Arrow” and “Flash.”

“The Flash” currently stands as The CW’s highest rated show. “Supergirl” is CBS’ top new of the 2015-16 season and ranks sixth on the network in the 18-49 demo.

“Flash” is averaging a 2.3 in 18-49 and 5.7 million viewers overall in its second season, while “Supergirl” is averaging a 2.8 and 11.2 million viewers overall.

“Supergirl,” which airs Mondays on CBS, stars Melissa Benoist as the titular heroine, alongside Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh and Jeremy Jordan, with David Harewood and Calista Flockhart. The series is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Berlanti, Kreisberg, Ali Adler and Sarah Schechter are executive producers of “Supergirl,” which is based on the characters appearing in DC Comics, and created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, by special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family.

“The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW, and is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Gustin stars, with Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh and Jesse L. Martin. Berlanti, Kreisberg, Schechter, Todd Helbing and Aaron Helbing are the executive producers.

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  1. Jammal says:

    Hopefully we wont be seing iris west in this crossover, her character is so lame, maybe cisco would add some value and also kid flash

  2. Yeah, and maybe Wonder Woman, Batman, and Aquaman can pop on over and then there’ll be a Justice League thing going on… oh, wait. They’re making some kind of movie about that, huh? I love how they’re so thrilled to be crossing over characters from their own shows, which is costly and time-consuming and not really necessary. Maybe they should focus more on their Bizarro writing that happens some weeks – really, you need 2 people to write a one-hour TV script?

    I used to love these characters, but since the onslaught of the movies and shows… not so much.

    • Heh “onslaught” of superhero movies and shows? I guess you love the onslaught of nothing but cop shows, reality tv, and those god awful action movies we’ve been getting for 30+ years, right? Plus theres always been 2 or more people writing one script for an episode, they also have two or more for movies. Are you just butthurt that they’re in public eye and getting spammed about it? Have you even watched an episode of any of the shows?

      Anyways, if it wasnt superheroes, there’ll be an “onslaught” of other genres taking it’s place.

  3. Supergirl is not getting the crossover "help" it needs says:

    If Berlanti was “smart,” he would wait until Wally West had his powers for a crossover with The Flash. What could be more bland and unexciting than Barbie and Ken doing super stuff. That’s just everyday life……
    Not enough people watch or care about The Flash or Supergirl right now to make the proposed crossover interesting or attract new viewers, which is what the producers should want to do, instead of force feeding viewers the same old vanilla superhero formulas.

    I wouldn’t watch Supergirl if you paid me………unless Wally West, or some similarly interesting character was featured. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Oscar The Grouch………anything but another superhero who looks like the world thinks superheroes should look.

  4. Todd says:

    I’ll tell you the main problem I have with Supergirl — Cat Grant. She is such a bitch and is so mean to Kara that I just can’t figure out why Kara supposedly respects and wants to be like her. Cat should have been beaten to a pulp by the end of the first show. I feel like they are trying to make some point about a strong working woman, but they have made her so unlikeable that there is no way I can see her as anything other then a self-centered piece of crap.

    • Schach says:

      Funny because from my perspective, Cat and Kara’s relationship is the best thing about this show.

      Cat is a wonderful mentor in humanity to a naive kryptonian. Cat has power which she built through her hard work, will and iron fist, getting a tough skin during this process (which is what it gets to get power usually). She is indeed self-centered, like most people in her position (and like almost everybody to be fair), but she earns it, being also devoid of any self pity, capable of recognizing when she goes to far and very lucid on what she really is. I’ve worked in a major news group, close to many Cat Grant’s clones, and to be fair, she’s not only less cliché than most of the infuriating ones I’ve worked with, but she also really smart, and has one incredible redeeming quality among all the little-egos-so-busy-pretending-to-look-bigger-than-they really-are : hidden behind all her pretending, she is truly a nice person, willing to recognize her faults and work hard for what she believes in — which is why she supports Supergirl, helping her getting the credit she deserves, grow up but also calling her on her bullshit. Cat, despite her attitude (which is very well accepted from male anti-heroes (House, Sherlock, etc.)), is a real life superhero. She is both Supergirl’s knight in the show and to the audience, replying to the backlash the show is getting for no real reason (the comment section here is a good sad illustration) other than the fact that Supergirl is a woman based superhero show – therefore trying to approach its superhero theme from a different angle, not male oriented, very aware that it will be an issue for most vewiers, used to be fed the same old tropes about superheroes in a media world already overpopulated by male superheroes.

      At the opposite you have Kara, the incarnation of goodness and selfishness thanks to her House of El DNA (in other words too good to be human), always ready to prioritize other people’s interests over hers, who got her qualities and powers by birth, not through any hard work, not getting a scar in her whole life, and therefore not having any real experience in life (what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but what if nothing can even scratch you in life? How can you grow?), still believing in unicorns, the goodness of the heart and all. In the real world a Kara or Clark Kent would only get eaten alive – they can only be that good thanks to their superpowers -, which Supergirl makes quite clear. Kara is fully aware of that fact, which is why her job is so important to her and she’s so thankful for Cat’s lessons (lessons that Cat, despite her selfishness and harsh words, is regularly willing to take time to give to a nobody like her personal assistant).

      To be fair, I think this dynamic, contrasting the real life and the fantasy world (and not pretending that the real world offers equal opportunities to both genders), is not only very interesting but also pretty responsible — and being rooted in reality, far more fascinating than the fantasy made up inner conflicts the Berlanti team gave to Arrow or The Flash.

      In any case, Supergirl (or Superman for the matter, even if recent movies seem to have forgotten this essential aspect of the character) cannot use the same old “with great powers comes great responsabilities” tired trope, since Kara is by nature already crushed by the responsabilities of her powers from the very beginning, to the point of not being able to be (it resonates with Bill’s famous Superman monologue in Kill Bill). Her journey has to be in the opposite direction, and to the show’s credit, it’s exactly where it takes her.

      Which is why – among many other reasons, including Melissa Benoist wonderful interpretation – I love Supergirl far more than Arrow and even more than the Flash. And I’m very happy with the crossover with the Flash, even if past Berlanti’s crossovers weren’t always the best thing.

      • Schach says:

        @Supergirl represents the continuation of the “white woman perfection” trope says: “Who else, in this life, has the desire or time to overthink a TV show about a “flying Barbie Doll?”

        Anyone with an interest in culture willing to review the show for what it is? And not just reviewing its cover like you do apparently. (see, I understand better the idiotic backlash now, thank you). It’s called critical sense, expressing opinions based on actual arguments, it is fairly common among adults — and lots of news medias are dedicated to it, like Variety’s tv section (our present location).

        But now I wonder, what are you doing on this comment section, wasting your precious time reading the comments and replying to me about a TV show about a “flying Barbie Doll” ? Wasn’t the article’s headline explicit enough for you to know that “flying Barbie Doll” and “speeding skinny Ken doll” are having a crossover? (but not “green protogay GI Joe doll”)

      • Supergirl represents the continuation of the "white woman perfection" trope says:

        Who else, in this life, has the desire or time to overthink a TV show about a “flying Barbie Doll?”

      • Schach says:

        Edit typo : I wrote in §3 “At the opposite you have Kara, the incarnation of goodness and selfishness thanks to her House of El DNA”, I of course meant “the incarnation of goodness and selflessness”.

        :)

  5. A lot of people and sponsors thought Supergirl would be a hit show says:

    Can anyone explain why Supergirl does not have higher ratings, other than the obvious reason that it would if more people watched the show?

    • Probably because we’ve seen what CW did with Smallville for years until it was time to retire it. I don’t need to see another similar story of a Kryptonian dealing with daily life in the DC Verse after the years of subjugation of Smallville and its infinitely bad story telling.

  6. Enough with the Flash crossovers , it’s been completely played out. And Supergirl is tepid and tired.

  7. empo116 says:

    Uh they need Ray Palmer to meet Supergirl so she can be all like “huh, you look familiar…”

    For those who don’t know, Ray is played by Brandon Routh who used to be Superman.

  8. The Flash better take Iris West, and maybe even Wally, along during this crossover says:

    So Supergirl is getting “her own Oliver Queen.”

    Ha Ha. Just kidding.

    Not even The Flash can save Supergirl. The entire premise is ill concieved.

    • Cindylover1969 says:

      Not as ill-conceived as everything you just wrote, you sad person.

      • lawyering says:

        @cindylover1969 I’m consistently amused by people in comment sections who feel the need to talk ish about Supergirl. It’s not always amazing but it’s not terrible and it’s been improving weekly, just like all the other trash male lead superhero shows (which I watched too and can attest to).

        What is it about Supergirl that people feel the need to trash it so much? I mean, I know why, but I was trying to be rhetorical. Like, if people talked about the lack of woc or the erratic plot switching/structure, I’d agree. Lhe latter exists on more than one superhero show and if it wasn’t for the Wests’ casting, Flash would be having the same woc problem but then they marginalize and misuse their female lead so much that they have other problems.

        But, those are never the issues – issues that are legitimate critiques – that people bring up. They attack the very premise of the show, the very validity of the show’s existence, and I know why that is and I’m laughing sardonically over here over that trash.

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