Melissa Benoist, Grant Gustin & More CW Stars React to ‘Supergirl’s’ Big Move and Mega Crossovers

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Supergirl” was officially welcomed into her new home when star Melissa Benoist joined the faces behind the CW’s superhero shows on stage at the network’s upfront presentation in New York City on Thursday morning.

Prior to the upfront, Variety spoke to Benoist about “Supergirl” being renewed for its second season at the CW, after spending one season at big brother network CBS.

“I can’t say I’m surprised,” Benoist said. “I think it’s logical. I think it’s such a good fit — it feels like the right shoe size now.”

Shifting to a different network shouldn’t have a big impact on the tone of the series, Benoist says, adding, “I do know we’ll have the chance to maybe linger on stories that worked so well last season or stories from the comic-books and stories that stay true to the mythology, so hopefully we can marinate and spend more time on things like that.”


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CBS President Explains ‘Supergirl’ Moving to the CW

During the upfronts, CW president Mark Pedowitz announced an upcoming four-way crossover between “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow” and “Supergirl,” now that all of the DC Comics shows are at the network. Benoist says she can’t wait.

“I think the sky is the limit for crossovers,” she says. “That’s what’s so great about these characters and that we’re all on the same network now and we’re all in the same universe, technically. I think people want to see all of them interact and fight together.”

“The Flash” star Grant Gustin, who starred with Benoist on the recent “Super-Flash” crossover episode, confirmed that he’s on board for more.

“I will be doing more crossovers,” Gustin told Variety. “I’ve already committed to a handful. I don’t know anything. The way it works is I say I’m down to crossovers and then they do whatever shows they please.”

See below for reactions from the other CW stars about “Supergirl” joining their network…

Mehcad Brooks (“Supergirl”): “I was really happy. We had 10 million viewers per week so if that follows to the CW, that’s a great thing for us and the network. I’m going to miss pizza — everyone always has their shirt off on the CW. When I heard it got picked up on the CW, I was like, ‘I better get in shape right now.’ I can’t imagine it wouldn’t be sexier. I think the show fits the network a little better. I’m glad that CBS tried it — and it worked, but a hit on CBS is like 18 million viewers, and people that watch our show don’t watch it live.”

Stephen Amell (“Arrow”): “I found out it was coming to CW at a Comic-Con convention when a fan was like, ‘How do you feel about this?’ last weekend in the U.K. And I said, ‘Oh, that would be cool.’ And he was like, ‘No, no, no — it’s happening.’ So I was like, ‘Oh! Awesome!’ It’s not unprecedented, but it’s peculiar. I think that we do get an opportunity to help each other all being in Vancouver, so hopefully they all have a good time out there and we won’t lose any awesome crew members to them.”

Victor Garber (“Legends of Tomorrow”): “I’m thrilled. I love her and I love the show. I don’t know how I can make an appearance on that show, but maybe they’ll need a professorial viewpoint.”

Caity Lotz (“Legends of Tomorrow”): “It’s wild! I’m super excited. That fact that we can now crossover onto ‘Supergirl’ and they’re going to be up in Vancouver with us, we’re just going to have a big cult out there — like a Berlanti cult.”

Phoebe Tonkin (“The Originals”): “It’s so exciting! I got to see a little bit of it and it’s a great show. This is great for our network, and Melissa, she’s so great.”

Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”): “I am very excited! I have had no time in the past year to watch TV, so I am really behind on everything, but I’m excited to watch it.”

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  1. D says:

    Oh man, considering what S2 ended up being like, this hopeful outlook just makes me cry.

  2. iknowitsux says:

    The DCUCW is full of losers and whiners. Supergirl is a high production value show that will be ruined if it becomes whiny. Also, moving to Canaduh is stupid. LA is the best backdrop for CapCity. Dumbassssez shoulda left a good thing be. Berlanti cBS.

  3. I’m so happy about this great news. I was a huge fan of the show on CBS and I love the CW network and I love all the DC comic book shows. I can’t wait for the cross over shows.

  4. Jim says:

    It’s too bad Supergirl is on Earth-2 so they won’t be able to crossover without someone universe hopping. Maybe they’ll retcon that.

    • Technically speaking, she’s not on Earth 2. Barry has made numerous trips to Earth 2 this season and it’s a totally separate universe. But yeah, definitely some creative juggling necessary to get crossovers to happen as things are now.

      • winter soldier says:

        being on a different earth is not a problem. The Flash have gone to Earth-2 like so many times and we’ve seen so many people from Earth-2. So, if they have to do it 2-3 times a year to accommodate Supergirl… not a big deal.

  5. John the Monster says:

    All this promotion and hoopla and Supergirl is still going to have lousy ratings on a sub par network.
    Just desserts !
    Let’s hear it for those budget cuts !

  6. Carolee Cothran says:

    Just look at those two gorgeous people !
    Can a “Super-Flash Baby” be a possibility?
    How about it writers? Make those “crossovers” count !!!!

  7. If you are Black, Stand Back says:

    And Candice Patton doesn’t count.
    This hurts fans. Imagine how the actress feels.
    It’s Hattie McDaniel and her off site Oscar presentation, all over again, in 2016.
    Racism reels its ugly Hollywood head.
    So much for The CW = Continued Whiteness.

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