While the DC Cinematic Universe has a team-up of it’s own that is generating controversy for it’s portrayal of it’s iconic characters and the film’s tone, the DC TV Universe is looking forward to a team-up of it’s own. The much awaited crossover between Supergirl and The Flash airs tonight on CBS.
Below are 10 things that you need to know about the superhero team-up episode.
1. Barry ends up in National City while trying to increase his speed.
In order to defeat Zoom (Teddy Sears), Barry/The Flash (Grant Gustin) has been training and exploring different ways to become faster. However, when he tries to use a tachyon device, it increases his speed so much that he literally ends up in an alternate universe where Supergirl’s National City exists.
2. Kara and Barry are quick to trust each other.
Although Kara/Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and Barry haven’t heard about each other prior to their first meeting, the two immediately hit it off.
“What’s so wonderful about these two characters in particular is that they’re so joyful and happy to be heroes,” Benoit said in a recent interview. “There’s this mutual understanding, respect and excitement that they found each other.”
3. Barry arrives in National City at a right time for Kara.
Although Barry’s arrival in National City is completely accidental, its timing couldn’t be more perfect for Kara, who has hit a low point in her career as a hero following her recent battle with the inhibition-freeing red kryptonite and the departure of her sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) and her mentor Hank (David Harewood) on a covert mission.
“At the point that he shows up in National City, Kara’s kind of lost — this fallen hero, in a way. The city doesn’t trust her and she doesn’t know how to gain it back,” Benoist told Variety. “She has no idea what to do next or how to redeem herself, and he comes in and they have this lovely relationship of helping each other and exchanging advice in what they’ve both experienced.”
4. Barry becomes a mentor to Kara.
After learning about Kara’s personal struggles, Barry offers the Girl of Steel some pointers about being a hero.
“The Fastest Man Alive’s advice [to Kara], ironically, is to slow down and let things come to you.” “Supergirl” and “The Flash” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told Entertainment Weekly.
“He teaches her quite a bit about what it means to be a hero, what kind of hero she wants to be, and even personally about love, friendship, and being true to who you are,” Benoist added. “It feels really good for her to have someone to relate to.”
5. Barry gains some confidence from his experience in National City.
Although Barry’s visit to “Supergirl” won’t have direct narrative repercussions on The CW’s “The Flash,” Gustin told Entertainment Weekly that meeting Kara makes Barry “realize that he has more experience than he gives himself credit for [and] that makes him come back [to Central City] with new confidence and this happiness because of this new friend that’s out there.”
6. Winn wants to be Barry’s best friend.
Kreisberg said that Winn (Jeremy Jordan) thinks “all things multiverse are cool” and so he wants to be Barry’s BFF.
7. James is jealous of Barry.
While Winn is happy to meet Barry, James (Mehcad Brooks) isn’t thrilled to see the two superheroes “immediately click” and enjoy “quite an adorable banter” with each other.
“We have this little rivalry, because he’s a superhero, too, and kind of hitting on my girl a little bit,” Brooks said of James’s relationship with Barry in an interview with TVLine. “I’m like, ‘Damn you, Barry.'”
8. Barry finds Cat intimidating.
“He’s kind of intimidated by Cat [Calista Flockhart], because he doesn’t know how to feel her out at all,” Gustin told Entertainment Weekly. “There’s a scene where Barry goes to CatCo, he’s with the whole crew, he meets Cat and he’s thrown off by her and doesn’t really know how to approach her. Kara is so intimidated by her and she’s a superhero! It’s like, ‘I don’t get this lady, she’s kind of scary.’ There’s no dynamic like that on Flash right now, so that was fun.”
9. Kara and Barry team up to fight not one but two adversaries.
Kara and Barry go up against Leslie Willis/Livewire (Brit Morgan) and Siobhan Smythe/Silver Banshee (Italia Ricci) in the episode, and taking them down isn’t easy for the heroes. In fact, Entertainment Weekly revealed that Kara and Barry fail to defeat the villainous duo during their first two attempts.
“Throwing lightning at somebody that can manipulate electricity isn’t the brightest of ideas,” Gustin told Entertainment Weekly, before teasing that Kara and Barry will use a piece of Flash tech to even the score with Silver Banshee’s extraordinary screeching skills.
10. Kara and Barry compete in a race.
Like Superman and The Flash in the comics, Kara and Barry go in a race to find out who is faster. “It’s one of my favorite moments in this episode,” said Kreisberg of the friendly competition. “It’s close.”
Will you be watching the crossover episode? Which part are you most excited about? Sound off in the comments below!
The crossover, titled “Worlds Finest,” airs on Monday, March 28, at 8 p.m. on CBS. Check out the promo clips for the episode below: