Will 'The Flash' and 'Supergirl' resume filming in July with Vancouver planning to reopen by summer?
The coronavirus has upended plans, and continues to wreak havoc in the world. Yet slowly, municipalities around the world are beginning the long and drawn-out process to re-open the economies that shut down.
Vancouver, British Columbia, has announced that they would see film and television production return by the middle of summer, in the vain hope that the Covid-19 transmissions remain low. It was declared that there would be a slow to eventual return to normalcy amid the pandemic, beginning with smaller gatherings (six or fewer) allowed this weekend and there would be a re-opening of parks on May 14. However, they're not sure when big gatherings like sporting events and concerts might resume.
This plan indicates that television and film studios would be back on schedule as July is the time when Arrowverse shows like 'The Flash' and 'Supergirl' on the CW begin shooting their new seasons. Usually, the month is known for the grand Comic Con in San Diego, where announcements regarding new shows and films are made but this year, schedules are different.
Once shooting resumes, there will be precautions producers will plan to take, including for love scenes, fight scenes or any sequence that requires physical contact. It's quite possible that some television shows would work a story around people wearing masks. However, 'The Flash' and 'Supergirl' might face a few glitches and would have to come up with other explanations as their scientific minds would be able to cure the virus pretty quickly.
The finales of shows like 'The Flash' and 'Supergirl' will be airing sooner than expected, as their seasons had to be cut short due to the pandemic. 'The Flash' finale airs next week, and 'Supergirl' finale airs in two weeks.
Earlier, Grant Gustin, who plays Barry Allen on 'The Flash', revealed that the DC show was in talks for a possible Season 8 and 9. However, due to the pandemic, the talks were put on hold. "The conversations actually had started already for adding a potential eighth and ninth [season], but then this pandemic happened, and everything has stopped." Asked when production will be back, he said, "I don’t know when we’re back, and I don’t know when we’re going to continue the renegotiation talks."
Seeing people wear masks in 'The Flash' would make for a keen storyline as this could be something else that Team Flash would have to combat. As things stand, there are are several villains on the show, who need to be done away with, including Eva McCulloch (Efrat Dor), as well as the threat of Godspeed returning in the next season. Barry still hasn't got his speed back, so he would have to recreate an artificial speed force to save Iris (Candice Patton) from the Mirrorverse.
As for 'Supergirl', Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) is as diabolic as ever and wants the sinister organization of Leviathan to kill Kara (Melissa Benoist), while ensuring that his sister Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) stays on his side. Both the shows are heading to climactic finales.