The DC Cinematic Universe is becoming a bit more cohesive, thanks to news from CBS: Supergirl will have a crossover episode with The Flash on March 28. All we know is that Barry Allen/the Flash (Grant Gustin) will be visiting National City and, obviously, running into Kara Danvers/Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), though there are no details on what prompts the crossover.
While both series share a showrunner in Andrew Kreisberg and are produced under Berlanti Productions (along with Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow), what’s noteworthy about this crossover is that the series are on different networks: The Flash is a The CW show, but Supergirl airs on CBS. That said, as The Hollywood Reporter points out, CBS Corporation is a part owner of The CW. Kreisberg and Supergirl showrunner Greg Berlanti released a statement thanking everyone involved, including the fans:
We are so incredibly excited to announce something that we have dreamed of happening since we starting making Supergirl—The Flash and Supergirl are teaming up! We want to thank Grant Gustin for making the time to come visit (on top of his already immense workload) and all of the folks at CBS, The CW, Warner Bros. and DC for working this out. And finally thanks to the fans and journalists who have kept asking for this to happen. It is our pleasure and hope to create an episode worthy of everyone’s enthusiasm and support.
But what we’re really interested in is finding out how this crossover will fit into both series’ respective canons. Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which no doubt requires dozens of classified infographics to keep straight, DC’s film and TV projects almost entirely exist independently of each other. Supergirl is a prime example, in how it clumsily tries to include Superman without infringing on Zack Snyder’s territory. Because if Supergirl (and, by extension, her more beloved cousin) exist in the same universe as the Flash, then why haven’t we heard any mention of The Man of Steel? Maybe Kara and her friends exist on an alternate Earth…
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