'Supergirl' to host 'The Flash' crossover in March

Story highlights

  • In a rare cross-network event, "The Flash" will speed over from the CW to CBS to team up with "Supergirl"
  • "The Flash" star Grant Gustin will portray the fast-moving superhero on a March episode of the hit CBS series, which stars Melissa Benoist
  • The DC Comics characters are owned by Time Warner, as is CNN

(The Hollywood Reporter)It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a multi-network crossover!

Supergirl and The Flash will finally come face-to-face when the Speedster pays a visit to National City in March, CBS announced Wednesday.
The crossover episode is set to air on the March 28 episode of the freshman CBS drama. No further details were provided about what will bring the two together.
"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!," said series exec producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg. "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."
Both series share a showrunner in Kreisberg and both hail from Berlanti Productions, which also produces "The Flash's" sister series "Arrow" and "Legends of Tomorrow." While "The Flash" and "Arrow" have crossed over with each other several times, in addition to welcoming several Legends characters ahead of it's January debut, this marks the first crossover with "Supergirl." Unlike the other superhero series, "Supergirl" is the only one to air on CBS.
Kreisberg shot down rumors of a spinoff as recently as December. "First of all, we don't even know if we could, legally," he told THR at the time. "And quite frankly, just making the 'Arrow'-verse, which is what we call 'Legends', 'Flash' and 'Arrow' work and then making 'Supergirl' work, it's enough of a challenge without having to add a fourth player."
Although the shows are technically on rival networks, CBS Corp. is a part owner of The CW.
These superhero-themed crossovers have proven a ratings boon for The CW ever since "The Flash" debuted in 2014, joining veteran "Arrow."
The Flash is the latest comic book character to visit "Supergirl." Others include Martian the Manhunter, Non, the Toyman and the upcoming introduction of villain Silver Banshee. The show is also set to introduce a teenage Clark Kent later this season.
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS. The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.