“Supergirl” was officially welcomed into her new home when star Melissa Benoist joined the faces behind the CW’s superhero shows on stage at the network’s upfront presentation in New York City on Thursday (May 19) morning.
Prior to the upfront, Variety spoke to Benoist about “Supergirl” being renewed for its second season at the CW, after spending one season at big brother network CBS.
“I can’t say I’m surprised,” Benoist says. “I think it’s logical. I think it’s such a good fit — it feels like the right shoe size now.”
Shifting to a different network shouldn’t have a big impact on the tone of the series, Benoist says, adding, “I do know we’ll have the chance to maybe linger on stories that worked so well last season or stories from the comic-books and stories that stay true to the mythology, so hopefully we can marinate and spend more time on things like that.”
During the upfronts, CW president Mark Pedowitz announced an upcoming four-way crossover between “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow” and “Supergirl,” now that all of the DC Comics shows are at the network. Benoist says she can’t wait.
“I think the sky is the limit for crossovers,” she says. “That’s what’s so great about these characters and that we’re all on the same network now and we’re all in the same universe, technically. I think people want to see all of them interact and fight together.”
“The Flash” star Grant Gustin, who starred with Benoist on the recent “Super-Flash” crossover episode, confirms that he’s on board for more.
“I will be doing more crossovers,” Gustin tells Variety. “I’ve already committed to a handful. I don’t know anything. The way it works is I say I’m down to crossovers and then they do whatever shows they please.”
See below for reactions from the other CW stars about “Supergirl” joining their network …
Mehcad Brooks (“Supergirl”): “I was really happy. We had 10 million viewers per week so if that follows to the CW, that’s a great thing for us and the network. I’m going to miss pizza — everyone always has their shirt off on the CW. When I heard it got picked up on The CW, I was like, ‘I better get in shape right now.’ I can’t imagine it wouldn’t be sexier. I think the show fits the network a little better. I’m glad that CBS tried it — and it worked, but a hit on CBS is like 18 million viewers, and people that watch our show don’t watch it live.”
Stephen Amell (“Arrow”): “I found out it was coming to CW at a Comic-Con convention when a fan was like, ‘How do you feel about this?’ last weekend in the U.K. And I said, ‘Oh, that would be cool.’ And he was like, ‘No, no, no — it’s happening.’ So I was like, ‘Oh! Awesome!’ It’s not unprecedented, but it’s peculiar. I think that we do get an opportunity to help each other all being in Vancouver, so hopefully they all have a good time out there and we won’t lose any awesome crew members to them.”
Victor Garber (“Legends of Tomorrow”): “I’m thrilled. I love her and I love the show. I don’t know how I can make an appearance on that show, but maybe they’ll need a professorial viewpoint.”
Caity Lotz (“Legends of Tomorrow”): “It’s wild! I’m super excited. That fact that we can now crossover onto ‘Supergirl’ and they’re going to be up in Vancouver with us, we’re just going to have a big cult out there — like a Berlanti cult.”
Phoebe Tonkin (“The Originals”): “It’s so exciting! I got to see a little bit of it and it’s a great show. This is great for our network, and Melissa, she’s so great.”
Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”): “I am very excited! I have had no time in the past year to watch TV, so I am really behind on everything, but I’m excited to watch it.”