Greg Berlanti on Writing the ‘Supergirl/Flash’ Musical and the Four-Series Crossover

By September 11, 2016

With Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl all under the umbrella of The CW, the potential for crossovers and interaction between the characters from each series is endless. Indeed, earlier this year network executives confirmed that a “mega crossover” was in the works featuring heroes from all four shows, and in a recent interview with IndieWire, executive producer Greg Berlanti revealed that he and his team have begun shaping the event:

“You really are trying to run a single production across three different productions. But they’re run as three separate entities. We have to figure out when we’re borrowing one actor from where. We’re telling one cohesive story; ‘Supergirl’ will participate, but the storyline doesn’t actively begin there. There are some characters who show up in her episode, but the story begins with ‘The Flash’ episode and goes to ‘Arrow’ and ‘Legends of Tomorrow.’

We’re just getting into designing the bad guy for it, and we start now but it doesn’t air until the end of November. We will put a lot of time between now and then figuring out visual effects sequences. Just today I was holding the three scripts back-to-back – that’s 180 pages of material. It’s a three-hour story, almost a miniseries.”

The idea of a sprawling three-hour narrative should have fans salivating, but this isn’t the only crossover event planned for the upcoming season. Berlanti previously announced that this season would find Supergirl and The Flash crossing paths once more, this time in a musical episode. Rumors have been swirling that Joss Whedon might be in negotiations to direct, but while that hasn’t been confirmed at this time, Berlanti did mention that he and his team were about to start putting together the music:

“Next week we’ll have to start talking about clearing music. I have a few ideas for tone and style in my head but we’re just starting to talk about what that can be. I do want to try and get an original piece of music written. As we make a deal on that we’ll probably make some announcements on the original songs.”

All four series are scheduled to return next month, with The Flash premiering on Tuesday, October 4, followed by Arrow on Wednesday, October 5, Supergirl on Monday, October 10, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on Thursday, October 13.

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Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

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Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).