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CBS may be the last network to jump into the superhero game, but the channel is really pushing to bring its upcoming drama Supergirl together as quickly as possible. The show also earns bonus points for being a part of the DC Universe, and the rumor mill has been buzzing about whether or not Supergirl will eventually be able to cross over with the CW properties The Flash and Arrow. As it turns out, it might actually be more than wishful thinking on the part of fans.
This week, Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim engaged in a panel about topics related to his CW drama along with Marvel shows like Agent Carter. In the extensive interview piece, THR revealed that it was actually written into Greg Berlanti’s deal that Supergirl is able to cross over with The Flash or Arrow. This makes all the sense in the world, considering Berlanti is hugely involved with DC Entertainment’s TV realm. He has a heavy hand in the development and production of Arrow and The Flash, and he pitched and will co-write the first episode of Supergirl. If he wants to get a crossover done, he is in a good position to do so.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard whispers that Supergirl could be a part of the same universe as Arrow or The Flash. A little over a month ago, that rumor came to light, but hearing that it is part of the overall deal and that a crossover might crop up between CBS and the CW is even more interesting. The show has already sent out casting descriptions, and both The Originals actress Claire Holt and Hollyoaks actress Gemma Atkinson have been looked at for the lead.
Regardless of who ultimately earns the title of Supergirl, a deal for crossing over between the shows is a really smart way to tie the universe together, and a fruitful one, as crossovers have already proven to be a ratings draw for DC Entertainment. The recent The Flash and Arrow crossover on the CW gave Arrow the best ratings the show has earned since the premiere. Both crossover episodes did well, honestly, with over 4 million viewers tuning in. For the CW, those numbers are big, and honestly, a crossover could be big business for CBS, too, since that network does a huge numbers of viewers but sometimes struggles more in the 18-49 demographic—a demo which the CW dominates.
There are lots of reasons to be excited for a Supergirl show. There’s the fact that fans will get another DC show on the air. There’s the fact that the story will focus on a female superhero. Now, we’ve just been given the added possibility of cross overs between more than one network and show. We probably won’t be seeing episodes of Supergirl until next fall, but frankly, it can’t come soon enough.