It’s actually happening. The Flash and Supergirl are getting a musical crossover episode, and no, that’s not at all a joke. The fans have asked for it, nay, demanded it and now Greg Berlanti and the folks behind CW’s DC TV lineup are making dreams come true with two-part crossover event that will see series stars Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist, Jeremy Jordan, and of course, Jesse L. Martin crooning their way through the superhero smackdowns.
Berlanti announced the news at The CW’s TCA presentation, telling the press that the two-episode musical event will land in the back half of the season, around episode 13 or 14, and while they want to compose at least one original song per episode, most of the songs will be pre-existing. Got a song you think The Flash was born to sing? Good news, Berlanti is taking song suggestions on twitter, and taking them seriously at that.
If you’re wondering how musical breaks will figure into the series without totally shattering your suspension of disbelief, don’t stress on it too much. The producers have put a lot of thought into how that tonal shift will play on screen. “We’ve toyed with who potentially the villain could kind of be,” said Berlanti. “My sense is we’ll be very careful about how it is they kind of break into song and there will probably be an element of being in some character’s head at the time.”
Fans have been hoping for a musical moment for a while now, thanks to Gustin and Benoist’s status as former Glee co-stars and Martin’s status as a broadway legend. “When they’re not acting or flying or punching or exploding things, they’re singing,” said producer Ali Adler of Benoist and Gustin, both of whom she previously worked with on Glee. Berlanti also pointed to John Barrowman (who recently became a DC TV cross-series regular) and Victor Garber as talented chanteurs. Who’s not singing? Danielle Panabaker, who asked for an opt-out after her karaoke shenanigans in The Flash’s first season.
If you’re not a fan of musicals, don’t worry, this isn’t the big crossover you’ve been promised. We’re still getting a massive crossover between all four series, which will arrive this fall. After the panel, producer Andrew Kreisberg confirmed that Supergirl still lives in her alternate universe (despite her home on a new network) and “that will be part of the crossovers.”
For now, you can check out Gustin crooning away to Smooth Criminal in this Glee clip.