Berlanti Offers 'Supergirl' Update: Tone, Casting, & Crossovers

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Greg Berlanti is quite a busy mean these days. Not only is he an executive producer on The CW's Arrow and The Flash, but he's also working with CBS to bring another DC property to the small screen: Supergirl. Berlanti and his team have been hard at work prepping the series, which would be the latest in an onslaught of DC shows hitting television- including GothamConstantine, and the aforementioned CW fan-favorites. IGN had the opportunity to pick his brain a bit, regarding what we should expect.

For starters, we live in an age of crossovers. Marvel has whet the public's appetite for projects that bring their favorite heroes together, or at least show an interconnectivity between their worlds. As we know, DC has drawn a line between its films and its television universes. This is why- assuming the their current shows are still running and DC's film plans pan out- we'll have two active incarnations of The Flash in a couple years, and a young Bruce Wayne on TV that has nothing to do with the grown-up Bruce Wayne in the movies. Even amongst their TV shows, interconnectivity isn't something that DC has tried to create.

With their shows spread out amongst three networks- The CW, Fox, and NBC- it would prove tricky to unite the worlds. Yet where there's little red tape, DC has shown that it's willing to combine continuities. Both The Flash and Arrow are on the same network, and we've all ready seen how the two shows are attached at the hip. CBS co-owns The CW, so IGN asked Berlanti if this means we can expect to see Supergirl fly into Starling City or Central City.

"So much has to go right for us to be able to make a great show. Again, I think of myself as like if I were watching them, I would want to see that. But we have to get so many things right to make a good show and so much of it is luck, unfortunately."

So it sounds like we can definitely expect their to be a relationship between the three shows, but Berlanti is more focused on making sure Supergirl is a success first. Makes sense.

What about the tone of the series? Will it lend itself to the darker, more brooding tone of Arrow? Or will it be lighter, more colorful series like The Flash. Berlanti says it'll definitely be the latter.

"I would say, tonally closer to Flash than Arrow. That’s probably the best way to say it." 

On the casting process:

"I hope you’re going to hear about casting soon or we’re not going to be able to make the pilot!" He later continued, "As with all these things, there’s only one person, right? That’s the thing. I can’t imagine someone other than a lot of our actors playing these roles so I feel like you’re always just looking for who’s that person."

What do you think, true believers? You excited for the continued expansion of the Arrow-verse? Do you have faith in Berlanti to make Supergirl a big enough hit that we could eventually see a team-up event? Sound off!

SOURCE: IGN

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