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Rarely a dull minute over at The CW's DC TV Universe, where the gadgets and superheroics are as plentiful as raindrops in a hurricane. And as a follow-up to last year's popular crossover between The Flash and Supergirl, the creative teams are putting together a musical episode. While that might have sounded like the weirdest idea in the world to you or me, co-creator and executive producer Andrew Kreisberg has the perfect explanation for why it makes sense.
The musical will just be awesome. It's gonna be fun. It's funny, we have villains that can split the earth in half. We have villains that can run at the speed of light. What's so crazy about a villain that can make you think your friends are singing and dancing in front of you? In face, if anything, it might seem pedestrian, by comparison.
So there you go. If you look across the annals of comic book rouges galleries, you will some some of the most ridiculous villains that could possibly be conceived, and a villain whose victims believe they're in a musical scenario isn't that outlandish. It's basically just a highly specialized (and way groovy) version of Scarecrow, messing with someone's brain in a way that distracts them from what's actually happening. And if that distraction has happens to be in 4/4 time measures and contains a call-and-response refrain, so be it.
One of the Flash's oldest foes, Rag Doll, started off as a dude who dressed up as a giant rag doll and robbed people, and we even got to see both The Flash and Arrow bring the insect-controlling baddie Bug-Eyed Bandit to live-action. Now I'm on the side of thinking that making someone think they're being sung to is kind of sweet. How easily I could make my daughter go to sleep if she thought someone was singing a lullaby to her while I planned to destroy the Central City Police Department. Wait, pretend I didn't say that last part.
And as Kreisberg also told Collider, The Flash has already done some incredibly weird shit involving timeline changes and dimensional breaches - not to mention other crossovers - so it's hard to think of something that could objectively be considered the "craziest" thing. (Cisco spontaneously coming up with a nickname as esoteric as "Tokamak" is up there, though.) And we're also going to somehow get Supergirl's entire world brought over into the Earth-1 universe. Suddenly, I need this musical crossover to be way more ridiculous than I initially thought it would be.
It helps that the two heroes, or at least actors Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist, were once a part of Glee, where bursting into song in the middle of an episode is old hat. Plus, we've got Broadway stars in Smash star Jeremy Jordan and Jesse L. Martin; Joe West's crooning skills were utilized far too briefly during his Earth-2 arrival. And don't count out all-around talents from this universe like John Barrowman and Victor Garber.
Somebody do some beatboxing so I can sing off the rest of this story. Supergirl is set to fly to The CW for its Season 2 debut on Monday, October 10, while The Flash will kick Season 3 off on Tuesday, October 4, both at 8:00 p.m. ET. To see when everything else will hit the small screen later this year, check out our fall TV schedule.