The ever-expanding series of TV shows based on DC Comics characters offers more chances than ever for crossovers. Characters from Arrow and The Flash have been making the “cross-country” trip (not really because they both shoot in Vancouver) between Starling City and Central City all year, and last week Arrow star Stephen Amell pledged to Arrow-up Constantine should that series be saved by another network, cable channel, or streaming service. With Gotham and iZombie unlikely crossover partners, that leaves CBS’ Supergirl as a potential team member, but what are the odds that we’ll be seeing either Arrow or Flash on that show? Well, it seems like a Hollywood trade publication is teasing the possibility.
The recent issue of Variety featured a cover story about Greg Berlanti, who poses in the cover photo along with Grant Gustin in his Flash duds and Melissa Benoist in her Supergirl suit. The article pays tribute to Berlanti’s status as a super-producer who will have a total of six series on TV this coming season including the non-superhero shows The Mysteries of Laura and Blindspot. Really though, it’s his shows based on DC Comics characters – Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow – that everyone’s talking about. Not bad for the guy that co-wrote the Green Lantern movie…
Now, as to the potential that Supergirl may receive a visit from her Starling or Central City colleagues, Berlanti says.
“The network 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.”
It’s not outside the realm of possibility that despite CBS desire to play in their own sandbox, other characters could be invited to play it in. Once upon a time, David E. Kelley crossed over The Practice and Ally McBeal despite them being on ABC and Fox respectively, of course Kelley, the Berlanti of his time in the late 90s, had the clout to do it.
There is one more snafu though. The Supergirl trailer made it pretty clear that Superman was a part of that world, and the existence of a flying alien with god-like powers in tights is a fact that’s been kept under pretty tight wraps if Supergirl, Arrow and The Flash all end up taking place in the same world. Of course, Supergirl could be told as taking place a few years hence from the “current timeline” of Arrow et al, so perhaps “older” versions of those characters can appear? That may depend on whether or not Supergirl needs the ratings help by using some good old fashioned fan service.