The feels are real ladies and gents. Is it possible that we might see our favourite DC TV superheroes on the big screen? If the leaked Supergirl pilot is true to its word, then it very well might be. For those of you that haven't watched it, I won't spoil it (that much), but I will tell you that there is a lot of prime material and references to speculate over. Whether or not they stick to it or change the pilot before its November 2015 release, the show could open the door to the multiverse. Until then, let me break down the 'potential' groundbreaking news for you.
Let's establish what we already know. Unfortunately, it has already been confirmed that DC's TV shows are going to be set in their own SEPARATE universe compared to the DCU (DC Cinematic Universe) with many future movies planned like the upcoming 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'. Why?!
“It’s a separate universe than film so that the filmmakers can tell the story that’s best for film, while we explore something different in a different corner of the DC universe.”
- Geoff Johns (SCREENRANT Article)
From personally watching the 'Supergirl' pilot I know that there are some blatant references linking what is clearly DC's TV show to DCU's Superman portrayed in 'Man of Steel'. Therefore, we can safely say that there are 2 Earths - Earth 1 and Earth 2 for example. Travelling from one parallel world to the next isn't unheard of. In fact that's one of the things DC is most famous for.
Given one approach, the DCU could leak into the show in the same way that the MCU does in Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'
DC might be upping their game and are now confident enough to connect these 'parallel earths' together through 'Supergirl'. Finally!
Let me show you what I found and you be the judge.
1. PILOT INTRODUCTION
The (non-spoiler) video clip above only gives you a glimpse into how Supergirl is introduced, but I will say that the opening sequence plot-wise describes the setting of the DCU, how it links in with the TV show and more importantly why everything is the way it is.
Kara Zor-El was 13 years old when her parents sent her away to escape the doomed fate of their home planet Krypton and her purpose was to watch over her cousin Kal-El aka Superman who was also shipped off moments before her.
The destruction of Krypton caused a malfunction on her escape pod and knocked her off course into the Phantom Zone where time doesn't pass. She somehow crash landed here on Earth 24 years later where Superman found her and set her up with foster parents who would give her the same upbringing he had.
- This explains that despite the fact that the universes are 'separate', BOTH Superman from the DCU and Supergirl from the TV show exist in the same universe. There is no other current portrayal of Superman (on TV) so this should be accurate).
- The Phantom Zone was introduced and is a major part of 'Man of Steel' so by using this as a (future) plot device it links the TV show and the movie, as well as explaining the age difference between both characters.
2. SUPERMAN CAMEO
I'm sure that you've seen this picture around the internet regardless of whether you've watched the trailer for the pilot or not.
The kind of familiar looking silhouette, though brief, could imply that Superman and Supergirl could meet up in the future, maybe train alongside each other, and even team up in a future episode with Henry Cavill making a cameo appearance or vice versa with Melissa Benoist in '[Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870)' or 'Man of Steel 2'.
3. JIMMY OLSEN
It's confirmed. 'True Blood's Mehcad Brooks is Jimmy Olsen in the upcoming 'Supergirl' TV show. In the pilot it is mentioned quite a few times that he and "the big guy" get along well as good friends and also that Olsen owes a lot to him in terms of his career.
Though, it is unclear as to how he links into the DCU because 'Jenny' Olsen was created as the female character in 'Man of Steel' instead of using Jimmy as per usual. They could be brother/sister relatives and who knows, this might crop up down the line in the show. The point is that he knows Superman who exists in both the TV universe and the DCU further cementing the link.
This is strange though because it is rumoured that Flash and Arrow will make cameo appearances in 'Supergirl'.
Later in the afternoon at his other office on the Warner Bros. lot, Berlanti meets with fellow producer and Ali Adler and and Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood to go over looks for their upcoming revamp of Supergirl. This show will follow 24-year-old Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin, and in a twist that could melt fanboy brains, Berlanti says it's possible that this Supergirl could enter the worlds of Arrow and The Flash.
- Entertainment Weekly profiling co-creator and executive producer of Arrow and The Flash, Greg Berlanti
Just because a crossover hasn't been officially announced and confirmed doesn't mean that it won't happen. "It's possible".
If this were to happen then this would mean that DC TV characters will expand outside of TV networks like CW and CBS and move onto the big screen.