Supergirl has been absolutely great this year. Melissa Benoist has won so many over with her charismatic, fun, loveable portrayal of Kara Zor-El A.K.A. Supergirl. Many people were upset or disappointed with the news that Supergirl’s Universe will remain separate from the rest of the Arrowverse. It has been confirmed that Supergirl will visit the Arrowverse, but will not remain a permanent fixture.

Is this a bad move, or is it actually for the best? Although I may be in a minority, I think this is actually the right and best move for the Arrowverse as a whole.

Why is it best to remain separate?

Let’s be honest, the Flash is already overpowered enough. With a hero that can run so fast that he can literally travel through time and other dimensions there really shouldn’t be a threat on Earth that the Flash can’t handle. So then can you imagine that same world with Supergirl in it? She is even more powerful than the Flash! This would make the role of most of the Legends of Tomorrow and Green Arrow seem almost useless. What can the Legends and Team Arrow accomplish that Supergirl or the Flash can’t handle?

This may be able to happen in comic books, but in order to have a TV series that appeals to all types of fans (both comic fans and just casual fans), the shows need to have threats that are realistic and in perspective. It would be way too easy for Supergirl to be the solution to every problem in the Arrowverse. She is virtually indestructible, is arguably as fast as the Flash, and also has other super-powered beings to help her (Martian Manhunter, Miss Martian, Superman).

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It is true that Green Arrow hasn’t always called in the Flash for help, but the shows have done a pretty good job of using each other’s abilities to help solve their problems. It would be even harder to ignore if there was not only the Flash to call on, but also Supergirl, Superman, Martian Manhunter, and who knows who else from Supergirl’s world. Also, it would be incredibly hard to pose the question “How will the Flash and/or Green Arrow get out of this mess?” if they can call upon characters that possess a whole different level of power.

A Home for the “Other Guys”

Something that has been great about the Arrowverse is that it has given a place for DC heroes other than the “Big Three” (Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman) to shine and get more exploration into their own stories. Before Arrow, the general public was not interested in the character and could tell you very little about him. Admittedly, the Flash was better known than the Green Arrow but was still a bit overshadowed by some of DC’s more popular characters. Having a universe where one of the “Big Three” (Superman) exists could potentially trivialize the other characters in the universe.

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With Supergirl remaining in a different universe, it keeps her role special in the Arrowverse. Her visits will come when stakes are very high and when all other resources have been exhausted. It also gives the freedom for Supergirl to have its own stakes that are unique to its world without affecting all the other shows as well. Not to mention that most, if not all, of Supergirl’s villains are so strong, most of the Arrowverse could not even touch them. They would be like a mosquito biting an elephant.


As you can see, as fun and exciting as having Supergirl in the rest of the Arrowverse would be, I believe that it is for the best that Supergirl remains separate from the universe of Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. That’s not to say that sometime in the future the show producers may choose to combine worlds. I’m not saying that the universes can’t coexist. I just believe that it will actually make for a more enjoyable viewing of all the shows.

I’d love to hear your feedback! Do you agree or disagree? Do you have any other thoughts on how the shows can be improved?

  • That Which Dreams

    It’s not just the heroes, though. Imagine if one of Supergirl’s bad guys came over to Star City. How would Oliver stop him? There is such a power imbalance between EVERYTHING on Supergirl and Arrow that they need to remain separate.

    • Joey Coons

      I agree. That would just be ridiculous. Those without powers would literally just have to wait underground into metahumans and aliens get finished!

  • Tydeus

    You’re looking it at it all wrong. You’re seeing it as if to say “Why would you need the Green Arrow if Supergirl can just save everyone every week”. Well same with comics, why do you need Batman in the Justice League? He’s the only one without abilities.

    If Supergirl was in the Arrowverse, she’d still only crossover once or twice per season, and it’s highly unlikely for her villains to wander over without Supergirl coming along to help, like Boomerang on Arrow. Arrow asnt had a meta on his show yet as he? *shrug* Even if he did have to fight an alien, that tends to be where all the fun comes from, using specialised gadgets like a kryptonite arrow for example.

    It’d just be stupid to not merge their earths, and for reasons like forming a potential Justice League and Young Justice team. (Mon-El, Ms Martian, Arsenal, Kid Flash etc).

    • Joey Coons

      Thanks for your thoughts! I think the crossover showed that it would be really silly if Supergirl was present all the time. There would be such an imbalance of power it wouldn’t even be funny. It’s easier to get away with comics, but in TV, unfortunately, there has to be a level of realism remain for it will hurt the shows.

      But who knows! Maybe they will saw “ah who cares” and merge them eventually!

      • Tydeus

        I think it’d still work, even with the realism thing. We have metas, magic, time travel, aliens, multiple universes and alternate timelines, Savitar, Speed Force beings, simply having someone with godlike abilities wouldn’t hurt that in any way, it’ll fit right in without issue, if Batman can beat Superman, Darkseid and all the other powerful beings in the universe, it’s not really going to stop the Green Arrow from doing the same. Plus with these sorts of things, you tend to overlook realism and enjoy the story for what it is.

        I think they will eventually merge the earths, they’re likely saving it for a future crossover. If they establish more universes, we could have a pretty decent Crisis, and you have all of these actors who have played heroes before scattered around on the shows, 3 versions of supergirl and superman etc.