“Supergirl” Season 5: Melissa Benoist Set to Direct; Talks Helming Episode

Now that we’re well past the mid-summer point otherwise known as July 4th, now’s about as good a time as any to start thinking about the return of the CW‘s “Arrowverse” shows. With Arrow shuffling off the network’s programming coil after an abbreviated eighth season (making The Flash the “elder states-show” of the “Arrowverse”), Ruby Rose-starrer Batwoman joining the family, and a looming “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover that could change things dramatically (more on that below), the 2019-2020 season isn’t exactly going to be lacking in change. So now it’s time for a little Supergirl news…

Series star Melissa Benoist is set to tackle an entirely new adventure when the fifth season begins this October: directing. Speaking exclusively to the fine folks at Entertainment Weekly, Benoist spoke about her interests in spreading her wings behind the camera:

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Supergirl — “Stand and Deliver” — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

“I’ve been wanting to direct since season 3, but couldn’t last year because of scheduling conflicts, so [star] David Harewood did it first. I just felt really drawn to it for a couple of seasons now, just because you know the show so well, and you get to know the character, and the world, and the tone of the show so well that you can’t help but envision certain scenes in a certain way. I want to play with that.”

Benoist is set to helm the 17th episode of the upcoming season and though it isn’t set to air until spring, the actress has already started prep work – with the understanding that directing a show like Supergirl isn’t quite like directing other shows:

“These shows are so massive that it’s not like directing any other show on TV, I would imagine, and everyone has said as much to me. I’m literally trying to be a sponge, and I will learn something new every single day I’m shadowing. It’s just a matter of talking to actors, making sure everyone feels creative and collaborative even though we have these massive constraints with budget and special effects. It’s like a chess game, I’ve realized. You move your pawn one way, and then someone knocks your rook down because you can’t do a certain stunt you wanted to do. It’s all about compromising and trying to be as creative as you can within those boundaries, which is a cool challenge.”

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On Saturday, July 20, the “Arrowverse” takes over Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Ballroom 20 for a morning session with Batwoman (10:30–11:45 a.m.). Starting mid-afternoon, the CW begins a gauntlet of presentations: Arrow (3:30–4:15 p.m.), Supergirl (4:15–5:00 p.m.), Black Lightning (5:00–5:45 p.m.), and The Flash (5:45–6:30 p.m.).

The CW’s Batwoman and Supergirl premiere Sunday, October 6; while The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 8, with Arrow joining them on October 15. Black Lightning premieres the following week, on Monday, October 21.

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The Road to “Crisis on Infinite Earths”

Viewers can’t say they weren’t warned in advance. At the end of 2018’s CW Arrowverse “Elseworlds” crossover that brought together The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl (and nearly DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but they let it go to machine – way too busy for all that), we saw that the end was only the beginning… of the end. As Barry (Grant Gustin) and Oliver (Amell) shared what felt like a final toast and Kate Kane’s Batwoman (Rose) returned to protecting the streets of Gotham – with a sense that something felt a little off –  we got a small taste of what’s still to come in 2019…

“Crisis on Infinite Earths!” Worlds will live! Worlds will die!

And the CW’s “Arrowverse” will never be the same…

At CW’s 2019 May Upfronts presentation, the network offered a few “‘Crisis’ management” clues for info-starved fans. This year’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover will include Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman; the entire story will be five hours long; and the event will air over two quarters (3 episodes in December 2019, 2 episodes January 2020). There were initial concerns that DC’s Legends of Tomorrow would not be involved – as the series won’t be returning until midseason – but the announcement resolved that matter.

Curiously enough, Black Lightning is not listed as participating in the crossover event – surprising considering the “infinte earths” aspect lends itself to “guest appearances” from a number of televised DC properties (past and present) that aren’t directly connected to the CW’s properties. With that said? We’re trusting our instincts, which tell us the Pierce family will be residing in the “Arrowverse” by the time the red skies clear.

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For most of their respective seasons, things have been “All Quiet on the ‘Crisis’ Front” when it came to Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl – but that changed in a big way during their respective season finales… even for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow!

In Arrow season finale “You Have Saved This City,” the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) returns to cash in on the favor that Oliver owes him: help him save the multiverse – taking a moment to tell him the “fine print”: Oliver’s going to die during “Crisis” and there’s nothing the Monitor can do to stop it.

Then there’s that matter of Future Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and the trip she’s taking with the Monitor to see Oliver… somewhere… and it’s apparently a place she can’t come back from. Hmmm…

Over at The Flash season finale “Legacy,” some recent maneuverings with Time moved up the date on Barry’s “red skies/2024” newspaper warning just a wee bit… to say, 2019?

The fourth season finale of Supergirl “The Quest for Peace” had The Monitor speaking to a hooded figure, telling him that now is the time for him to lead “his people” and to take revenge on his captor… and brother: J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood). Meanwhile, just because Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) may have shuffled off this mortal coil (???) doesn’t mean his role in the upcoming “Crisis” is over quite yet…

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season finale “Hey, World!” found the plan to take down Neron (Brandon Routh) resulting in a major status quo change for Zari (Tala Ashe) – a change that the suddenly-appearing Monitor does not appear to approve of in any way, shape, or form. At least he got some popcorn out of it – and yes, that is The Book of Destiny he’s using to balance it.

About Ray Flook

Proudly serving as TV Editor, Ray started with Bleeding Cool in 2013 as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought aboard as staff in 2017. Counting John Cusack as his pop culture "spirit animal," his "word fu" stays strong as he continues trying really hard to be the sheppard...

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