Executive producer Greg Berlanti told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on the eighteenth that their would definitely be a musical, citing his own love of musicals and the cast talent as reasons behind the decision to devote an episode of each show to song.
“We’ve got such talented actors, 15 years from now when the last of these shows is going off the air, that [missing the opportunity] would be a big regret–it’s too much fun not to,” said Sarah Schechter, who has worked as executive producer on both shows.
And the cast is talented: Melissa Benoist (Supergirl) and Grant Gustin (Flash) both sang on Glee, Jeremy Jordan (Winn Schott) spent plenty of time on Broadway in musicals such as West Side Story, Bonnie & Clyde, and Newsies. Victor Garber (Dr. Martin Stein), John Barrowman (Malcom Merlyn), Jesse L. Martin (Detective West), and Carlos Valdes (Cisco) all boast impressive musical accomplishments.
Sadly, at this point it looks as though Berlanti plans to use pre-existing songs and, he adds, that “there will probably be an element of being in some character’s head at the time.” We can all hope that will change, however, and that the singing will actually form a significant part of the show itself. The episodes will not take place until late in the season, after all, and they have not yet chosen the villain. DC has access to more than a few bad guys and borderline sorts who thrive on chaos and would love to do something like force everyone to communicate in song.
What do you think of the Flash-Supergirl musical? Great idea? Not so great? Got a song you’d particularly like to hear one or more of the actors sing?
Oh, and in case the list of cast credentials didn’t convince you of their talents, here’s an old, but still awesome, Gospel rendition of Ballad of Serenity that should put all your fears to rest: