The CW’s epic crossover, "Crisis on Earth-X," can best be described as geek nirvana. The four-part event, which airs over two nights beginning Nov. 27, pits the heroes of Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow against the villains of Earth-X. When Supergirl and her sister, Alex, jaunt over to Earth-1 to attend Barry Allen and Iris West’s wedding, they never expected an all-out assault from Earth-X, where Nazis won World War II and reign over the planet.
“I said to myself at last year’s crossover, ‘There’s no way it can get bigger than this. How are they going to write something bigger than this?’” Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers/Supergirl) explained to the press during a recent Supergirl set visit. “Well, they wrote something massive, that was overwhelming to read in an exciting way. At the same time, I had to brace myself. I think we all did. Everyone goes to Central City to Iris and Barry’s wedding. Of course, it’s the comic book world, so, not every wedding goes as planned. It’s pretty crazy."
To make matters worse, fiendish doppelgangers of costumed crimefighters exist there, including a twisted version of Supergirl.
“I did play two characters,” teased Benoist. “I did wear a very different outfit. I did wear a cape and my face is covered. And, she’s not so nice. Here and there, I’ve had moments like that on this show with Bizarro or when Martian Manhunter takes over Kara’s body. This was entirely different. This wasn’t even red kryptonite. This was way worse.”
A few sequences even required Supergirl to punch it out with... evil Supergirl. Earth-X’s Maid of Might may be no goody two-shoes, but that’s fine with Benoist. It not only allowed the bubbly actress to explore a darker version of her character, but also challenged her on a more technical level.
“Yes, especially when we do motion-control shots, where I have to be in the scene with myself,” Benoist said. “It’s more tedious than just a traditional split screen. Essentially, you are memorizing an entire scene – every line and every bit of dialogue. I didn’t anticipate how hard the transition would be to go from lightness to darkness. But, it was a fun challenge.”
During a separate interview, Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers) confirmed that Alex would not be waiting on the sidelines with this adventure. In fact, she noted “I’m all over it. Every day, 14-hour camera days, every single day for three-and-a-half weeks.”
“We were the only two that really went over in the crossover,” Leigh explained. “We went there for Barry and Iris’ wedding. That was the whole point of going, the catalyst behind it. Nothing is ever peachy or easy. Disaster ensues. It’s everybody banding together and figuring out strengths and weaknesses. You have these minds in one place, and all of these super-powers in one place. All these costumes in one place. I was like, ‘I’m really glad I have a D.E.O. outfit. I’m super-stoked about that.’
“With Alex and Kara, it’s very much, ‘Duke it out. We’re here together. We’re in this,’” continued Leigh. “We’re fighting for each other. We’re fighting to get to each other. You get to see a lot of sides of everybody, and sides you wouldn’t expect. It was a lot of fun.”