Ever since Grant Gustin took up the mantle of the scarlet speedster, fans have been calling for The Flash to do a musical episode. However, when Melissa Benoist was announced as the star of Supergirl, fans called for a Supergirl/The Flash musical crossover because of the two's Gleeful past (get it? Glee-ful). As The Flash has already crossed over with both Arrow and Supergirl (he gets around) and with the recent announcement that Supergirl will be joining both shows (as well as Legends of Tomorrow) on the CW, fans have been calling for a multi-show musical crossover! In a recent interview with MTV News, the star of Arrow Stephen Amell commented on the possibility of a musical crossover between Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl. Unfortunately for those hoping it might happen, he stated:
“No. I’m out! I’m the first one. I get to draw the line, and I draw the line at musical...They have to show me how they’re going to do this magical four-show crossover. It was hard enough when it was two shows and mixing in Legends a little bit. To make it four shows? I’m dumbfounded.
So while this is exciting as it seems to confirm the rumblings of a four-way TV show CW Superhero crossover, it also dispels the hopes of a musical crossover in the future.
Amell's response is perhaps an indicator of bad news for our hopes of a musical episode. However, even if Arrow wasn't involved, a The Flash/Supergirl musical crossover would be equally as awesome. Heck, throw in Legends of Tomorrow too, that would be epic. There is an abundance of reasons as to why a musical episode should take place and let's take a look at some of the most important:
There is Incredible Musical Talent in ALL Shows
This is the obvious reason why a musical crossover would be a great idea. A strong portion of each shows' cast have incredible singing voice. The Flash is perhaps ahead of the group as Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, John Wesley Shipp and Andy Mientus can all belt out some amazing notes. Gustin has performed on Broadway and before The Flash, he was best known for his role as Sebastian Smythe on Glee - the devious captain of the Warblers. Supergirl also has an abundance of musical talent as its star Melissa Benoist also starred in Glee and Jeremy Jordan is well-renowned on Broadway as well as starring in the musical TV series Smash. Chyler Leigh has a lovely voice too, she even took part in the Grey's Anatomy musical episode. Arrow features musical theatre legend John Barrowman and Stephen Amell has proven at a convention that he can certainly hold a note. With such musical talent at their disposal, it would be a missed opportunity if The CW didn't commission a musical crossover.
Check out Gustin singing 'I Want You Back' in Glee:
It Would Be Easily Explainable
A lot of shows steer clear from musical episodes because they're virtually impossible to explain - why would you randomly burst out into song? Sure, shows like Glee and Smash could get away with it as their musical shows. But how would a normal show get away with it? Well, luckily for the CW, these aren't normal shows. Over the course of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, we have seen time travel, metahumans, resurrections, magic and immortality. Thus, I think a musical episode doesn't seem that 'out there' after all that. I do believe that Batman: The Brave & The Bold did a musical episode which featured their unique villain Music Maester. That's a perfect starting point for the CW shows. Just feature a metahuman or magician who has the ability to make people spontaneously burst into song. Buffy: The Vampire Slayer did something similar to this and received universal acclaim. In an outlandish world, a musical episode would fit in nicely.
It Would Be a Ratings Hit!
Having the four shows crossover would indeed be a ratings smash hit, particularly as The Flash is the most popular series on the network and Supergirl might be bringing a new audience from CBS with her. Thus, imagine how much of a ratings smash a four-way musical crossover would be? With Arrow's ratings continuing to drop (it hit an all-time series low a few weeks back), this would be a perfect way to boost the ratings. If they involved Legends of Tomorrow, it would also boost its ratings too!
It Could Put the Shows on a Whole New Type of Map
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer is a sci-fi series about a woman who could slay vampires and demons. Grey's Anatomy is a drama series about Meredith Grey and her career as a surgeon. Batman: The Brave & The Bold is an animated superhero series. All three of these series have received universal acclaim (particularly the first) with many critics pointing to their musical episodes as their standout episode. Should the creative team behind these shows come up with a watertight plot and amazing song choices (original or not), all series involved could receive the same kind of praise and acclaim of its musical predecessors. Furthermore, having it take place over three-four night would make TV history. Pretty sure some award nominations would come flowing in for that.
Thus, these are some of the most obvious reasons for an Arrowverse musical episode(s). Despite Amell's comments, we can hold out hope that one day, we could indeed see our favorite superheroes singing as they save peoples' lives. It's something that many of us want to see and it would certainly make for great television! The casts are incredibly talented, the ratings would increase, the fans wan it and it could receive critical acclaim if done right. We want The Flash/Arrow/Supergirl/Legends of Tomorrow crossover musical extravaganza! Make it happen CW!