We’re still getting over the crossover front the end of last year which basically acted as a four hour DC TV movie, despite having some really flawed parts.
Yes, the Invasion event, which featured Supergirl, Flash, Arrow and the Legends of Tomorrow, was big and bold and frankly unlike anything we ever thought we’d see on TV and yet, there is was.
And despite all that, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says that next year will be a better experience and will feel more like one coherent story (this season the Supergirl episode was really only a little clip before the credits and even at that, it got repeated on the next episode (Flash)): “Next year, we’re hoping to do a true four-way crossover. The great thing about our dear friends at the CW and Mark Pedowitz picking the shows up as early as they did has allowed us to start building the schedules for next season.”
Unbeknownst to many, the four shows continue to film other episodes in their series while they also fit in filming the crossover, meaning that it can be tricky to keep all the balls in the air: “One of the big things we learned from two years ago, which made the crossovers this year slightly easier, was building in shut-down days, where shows just went dark. The single hardest factor in doing the crossovers is actors’ availability because the shows keep going on. You’re basically juggling four shows worth of schedules.”
“The thing that we didn’t really plan on — because we weren’t aware that we were going to switch Supergirl from CBS to CW and it was really going to be part of it — that was the one show that didn’t have built-in shut-down days, so all the other ones did.
“Melissa [Benoist] ended up being heavily in Flash and then in Arrow, so Supergirl was the one we needed to shut down the most and it was the one that we didn’t have any opportunity to. Now that we’ve gotten the early pickup and we’ve started designing the seasons, we’re building in those dark days, and actually more dark days on Supergirlthan the other shows, to make it a little easier.”
So it sounds to us like he’s saying that while this season’s event was great (flawed, yes, but great for sure), next season will learn from the mistakes and hardships and well get an even stronger event. One that we hope will include Black Lightning too!
In the meantime, we have the musical crossover between Flash and Supergirl to look forward to later this season as it will feature characters from both shows including Supergirl, The Flash, Kara, Winn (Jeremy Jordan), J’onn (David Harewood), and Mon-El (Chris Wood) and will take place mostly on Earth One (Flash’s earth).
So what do you think? Can The CW Do a bigger event than this season? We certainly hope so… but we’re not sure just how big they can go. But we can’t wait to find out!