Greg Berlanti Explains Logistics Of ‘Worlds Finest’

Worlds Finest

Now that we’re living in a time where every major movie studio is tripping over itself to launch their own multi-franchise shared universe, it’s easy to forget that the small screen has been home to crossovers and interconnected storytelling for decades. In fact, TV characters pop up in each other’s shows so regularly that you connect 400 or some odd shows into a shared universe that all takes place within the imagination of a single autistic child.*

That being said, crossovers featuring the lead characters of shows on two different networks is somewhat more uncommon, and with the eagerly anticipated Supergirl episode ‘Worlds Finest’ introducing the Scarlet Speedster to National City, some fans have been wondering exactly how The Flash was going to make his way into Kara Zor-El’s world.

The answer, as it turns out, came down primarily to logistics.

In a Panel at PaleyFest, Greg Berlanti – Executive Producer of both series – explained that because Superman and Supergirl don’t exist within the Arrow/Flash/Legends of Tomorrow-verse, they needed to come up with a way to get one of the characters out of their own universe and into another. “We introduced the multiverse in The Flash this year,” Berlanti said, “and that was always our way in.” Barry’s newfound ability to traverse the multiverse means it makes sense for him to be the first to meet Supergirl on a logistical level, but it’s also a perfect choice on a character level as well. Barry already has a foil in the glum, serious Oliver Queen, so pairing him up with another relentlessly upbeat superhero creates a different dynamic than the one we’re already familiar with.

In the same panel, Berlanti and company also talk about Supergirl and how important it is for there to be a woman superhero out there as a major presence in the pop culture for women and young girls especially to see themselves in. I couldn’t agree with this more. Plenty of women embrace and are moved by comic book superhero stories, but it’s no secret that for the majority of the form’s existence, they’ve not been the target audience. Superheroes were made to appeal to boys, and so while I got to grow up seeing myself in Peter Parker and admiring Clark Kent, the list of characters designed to inspire that same kind of response in young girls is tragically small. The fact that every monday, young girls (and young boys and the grown-up variety of every gender) get to see Kara face issues that they can relate to and learn how to overcome them without losing her endlessly optimistic nature is something that thrills me to no end. And now that the world of Kara Zor-El and J’onn J’onzz are about to collide with the world of Barry Allen and Oliver Queen, I can’t help but be excited by the possibility of a small screen version of the Justice League. While Superman and Batman are trying to kill each other in a movie with a 17+ rating, it’s exciting to see that there’s still a version of these characters that can be embraced and beloved by children.

The Supergirl/Flash crossover episode, ‘Worlds Finest,’ airs March 28 at 9/8c on CBS

 

*By the way, tenuous evidence connects Arrow to Law & Order which in turn connects to St. Elsewhere meaning that the shows we’re talking about are also merely the fantasies of good ol’ Tommy Westphall.

Source: Deadline (via ComicBook.com)

David Daut

David Daut

Though his taste has been described as ‘broken’, David maintains that the Fast & Furious series is the greatest cultural achievement of the modern era.

  • Now… if only Supergirl were actually a good show, worthy of our time, that would be something.

    Instead of being more like The Flash or Peggy Carter, it’s too much like SHIELD or Legends of Tomorrow:

    Disappointing.

    • SAMURAI36

      Yeah, uhmmm… The ratings say otherwise. Supergirl is an awesome show.

      • Yeah, uhmmm… people would never watch something that’s awful. CoughTranformersAgeofExtinctionCough Coughthelast7seasonsofTwoandaHalfMenCough

        Sorry… gotta real bad cough. :-)

        • SAMURAI36

          Perhaps if you focused more on speaking for your own tastes, rather than condemning the tastes of others, you’d find more enjoyment in these things.

          Just a theory, though.

          • Not condemning your tastes. Speaking completely to my tastes.

            In that Supergirl is a completely disappointing show and a waste of what should be a good premise, specifically by tying into what is now Berlanti & Kreisberg’s tired “team-based” superhero show.

            There’s no reason for half the cast this show has, especially considering half of them (the male half) bring the show down. The drippy BFF. The completely chemistry-absent Kara-James thing they desperately want to make happen (less chemistry than Oliver & Laurel, which I thought was impossible), and the terrible actor portraying Martian Manhunter.

            In the second season, they need to jetison the dead weight, and refocus the show on the two best relationships: between Kara and her sister and Kara and her boss.

            Do that, and the show can survive. It’s easy enough to dump James back in Metropolis, or make him the supporting character he always has been in comic history, much like Arrow did to Laurel when it became apparent how much more chemistry existed between Amell and Rickard. And like the other pairing, give up on the Kara and James thing, because really, these is zero heat there. None. Get rid of the drippy BFF (maybe have his dad kill him, in a dark twist), and it’s easy enough to replace Harwood, as he plays a shape shifter.

            Do these things, and the show would improve immensely. Refocus Supergirl around the actual girls of the show, and it could be something great.

            But if you like it as is, by all means… continue liking it. I’m not going to lie. I’m not above liking bad television, too. Watched the entire season of Fuller House.

            They’re called guilty pleasures for a reason. :-)

          • SAMURAI36

            Not condemning your tastes. Speaking completely to my tastes.

            Speaking to your tastes would be something to the effect of “Supergirl is not the show for me”.

            But you said:

            Yeah, uhmmm… people would never watch something that’s awful.

            And….

            Now… if only Supergirl were actually a good show, worthy of our time, that would be something.

            Clearly you’re not speaking about “your” taste in these instances, but rather that of other people’s.

            Speak for yourself.

            In that Supergirl is a completely disappointing show and a waste of what should be a good premise, specifically by tying into what is now Berlanti & Kreisberg’s tired “team-based” superhero show.

            Is it so hard to stick a “IMO” after your statements? You’re acting like you’re speaking a fact. You’re not.

            There’s no reason for half the cast this show has, especially considering half of them (the male half) bring the show down. The drippy BFF. The completely chemistry-absent Kara-James thing they desperately want to make happen (less chemistry than Oliver & Laurel, which I thought was impossible), and the terrible actor portraying Martian Manhunter.

            LMAO, now I know you’re just talking nonsense. David Harewood is a thespian of the highest order. His credentials, and the awards he’s won speak for himself. You’re losing credibility with every paragraph.

            In the second season, they need to jetison the dead weight, and refocus the show on the two best relationships: between Kara and her sister and Kara and her boss.

            Yeah, cuz that’ll keep the female demographic (you know, the one that’s the major viewership for this show?) coming back.

            Do that, and the show can survive.

            Perhaps you missed the part about the show’s great ratings. So let me spell it out for you: Besides Walking Dead, Supergirl has the best ratings of any other CBTV show.

            Doing any of the nonsense that you suggested, would be like asking the Warriors to get rid of Bogut, Green, and Speights, and still expect them to be a championship team.

            Do these things, and the show would improve immensely. Refocus Supergirl around the actual girls of the show, and it could be something great.

            Yes, because the women on the show clearly don’t get enough screen time. It’s becoming increasingly clear, that you’re not even watching the show, so you have no idea what’s really going on in it.

            Plus, James and Kara aren’t really a “thing”. At least, not yet, so I don’t know why you’re complaining about that.

            But if you like it as is, by all means… continue liking it. I’m not going to lie. I’m not above liking bad television, too. Watched the entire season of Fuller House.

            And you go again; speaking for other people and their tastes. Something you claimed you didn’t/don’t do, but nevertheless do continually. And FYI, I’ve never watched FH. It doesn’t seem like something that I’d watch. (See how I just did that?)

          • Inkaten

            I feel your pain…
            Haters proving the fact that their plain ignorance is their strongest attribute.
            That’s me everyday in youtube, trying to enlighten them with some real facts.
            But hey… haters gonna hate.

          • Math

            I think someone should follow his own advice when talking about Marvel… just a theory though. 😉

          • SAMURAI36

            Nope, I’ve never once spoke for anyone else’s tastes about Marvel. There’s a difference in talking/asking questions about the product, and condemning others for liking said product.