World’s Finest Team-Up
by Phil Perich for the Legends of DC Blog
All true fans of the DC TV shows and comic books heard the BIG news this week: That Grant Gustin’s Flash from the CW network would be making an appearance on the CBS Supergirl show. This is huge and important for many reasons:
- Since we haven't heard word yet about Supergirl getting renewed for a second season, The Flash’s huge fanbase can only help. When Matt Ryan appeared as John Constantine on Arrow this season, it gave the show a bump up in the ratings that night. And that was from a character who had already had his show cancelled. Imagine the ratings bonanza that will come when the Flash, a popular character from a successful show still in production, bumps up Supergirl’s ratings.
2. The announcement also revealed that right now, it’ll be a one way crossover. The Flash will be able to travel to the alternate Earth that Supergirl lives on, but she will not be able to return the favor. Hopefully when the executives see the earth shattering ratings numbers for this event, next season on the Flash we will see Supergirl visit the CW superhero universe and meet everyone there (Who doesn't want to see Cisco hit on Kara?).
3. This event pays homage to DC Comics history. Barry Allen as the Flash was the first DC Comics character to discover the multiverse of the DC Comics universe and to travel to another Earth, Earth 2. It was there that Barry first met his “predecessor” Jay Garrick, who became the Flash first on Earth 2 and somehow “subconsciously” influenced Barry to assume the identity after he gained superspeed.
4. Maybe if this event set a precedent for annual crossovers between Supergirl and the various other DC shows on the other networks, eventually we will get the Crisis that was hinted at by that headline from the future newspaper in the first season of the Flash. Imagine the tension and excitement of that event. Those who know DC Comics history know that the original Crisison Infinite Earths wasn't exactly easy on Barry Allen or Kara Zor-EL, both of whom died only to be resurrected decades later.
So needless to say, I’m as excited to see this crossover as anyone. If you have any other theories or ideas about what this crossover will entail at the end of March, let me know:
@nightwingpdp or @flasharrowpod on Twitter.
You can hear me and my cohosts discussing Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and even Supergirl from time to time on our podcast the Flash/Arrow Power Hour podcast. I also write another blog, the True Believers which deals with anything Marvel Comics. You can find all my podcasts and blogs at either www.southgatemediagroup.com or www.philperich.wordpress.com
I also write a weekly article for TVbinges covering the superhero TV shows of the week. You can find that on my website also or at www.tvbinges.com
Until next time, Be Super and be fast!