THIS BLOG POST IS FOR "SUPERGIRL" SEASON 5 EPISODE 09, AND MAY CONTAIN POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR THE SEASON, AND THE CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS CROSS OVER EVENT.
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The massive 5 episode, 6 TV show Arrowverse cross over Crisis On Infinite Earths has begun filming in Vancouver.
On this 2 day shoot, Supergirl was shooting a variety of scenes in downtown Vancouver, at a location that has been frequently used by Arrow over the years.
On set for day 1
- Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/ The Green Arrow
- Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/ The Flash
- Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/ Supergirl
- Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent/ Superman
- Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer / The ATOM
- Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/ Batwoman
- Katherine McNamara as Mia Smoak
- LaMonica Garrett as either The Monitor or Anti-Monitor.
Much of the filming was up on the roof of 1 of the buildings at the Plaza Of Nations. This is a roof top that Arrow has used so many times, I've lost count. (Including the season 8 premiere, which was on the same night these scenes were being filmed). It was new however to see it in use during the daytime.
Throughout the morning & early afternoon the cast, and the stunt doubles did a variety of large explosion type scenes. For a while I walked around trying to find a decent spot to film, but as you can see from the photos below, rarely was I able to find a spot where I could even see much more than the top of their heads most of the time.
As the day pushed on, I moved from trying to find a place to shoot to the actual part of my job that justifies me doing any of this, getting autographs. So I stood near the exit and watched as cast member after cast member left through the afternoon. One I saw leave that I never saw up on the roof was LaMonica Garrett. He was decked out with his Monitor hair do (now that I've seen a photo of the Anti-Monitor, its easy to know which is which). As I waited around there, I got Brandon Routh and Stephen Amell to sign, which was bittersweet in both instances, as it COULD be the last time I get either of them, depending on how things shake out for both actors & their filming schedules in these final days of the cross over & their respective shows, as both will be leaving soon.
After lunch, I didnt see much happening, and it was clear that they were going to be filming inside the abandoned Edgewater Casino, so I left for a couple hours for my own lunch break. As anyone with Stephen Amell on social media knows, a photo with all the cast that were there (minus LaMonica) was taken that evening with his daughter Mavi. While I did see some of the cast leave, I managed to not actually see them all leave. After the wrapped a few of the cast, I headed home, knowing full well I'd have to do this again the next day potentially.
On the second day, all the same cast as the first day were there shooting, except LaMonica Garrett.
This time, the day started off with the cast filming in the remnants of the old Plaza Of Nations amphitheatre, which now is just an empty pit.
The scenes they shot seemed to have the cast all showing up to a spot amongst the rubble, as the Green Arrow and Mia Smoak are the last two to arrive, the group has a small chat, before the Supes fly off, and a group of 4 including Batwoman, The Green Arrow, The ATOM & Mia walk off past a burning car.
An odd occurance happened while this scene was being shot. Just randomly, after a few takes, the crew started all holding up umbrellas angled in a way to try and prevent me from seeing what was going on. This isnt a NEW tactic. But it is new for Supergirl.... and, as I pointed out to multiple staff that day, one that never works. All it does is annoy people at set doing what I do. It doesnt stop us. Just annoys. We still get our shots, we just have to try a bit more. They wated the resources of EIGHT crew members on this fruitless tactic, instead of them doing their actual jobs. I am sure WB and The CW would be thrilled to know multiple hours of crew time were spent unsuccessfully trying to block 1 person from getting photos. There are certain things I am sure in all types of work/hobbies that newcomers just dont understand how its a thing.... and I am sure this has to be 1 for newcomers to this. Its never succeeded on a single thing I've been at. All it does is frustrate people like me, which then makes us try a bit harder, and thus, be an inconvenience back. Whether on that day, or down the road.
Eventually, the cast & crew moved back inside Edgewater to continue on shooting stuff from the scenes from the day prior. I called it a day at that time, and headed home.
UPDATE: OCTOBER 26, 2019 - Video from the shoot has been added at the bottom of this post.
One last thing, A few photos from the set can be found on DailyMail of Ruby Rose and Grant Gustin goofing off between scenes HERE
Want more Arrowverse materials not related to Crisis?
BEHIND THE SCENES of Batwoman go HERE
BEHIND THE SCENES of Legends Of Tomorrow go HERE
AUTOGRAPHS for Legends of Tomorrow go HERE
BEHIND THE SCENES of Arrow go HERE
AUTOGRAPHS for Arrow go HERE
BEHIND THE SCENES of The Flash go HERE
AUTOGRAPHS for The Flash go HERE
BEHIND THE SCENES of Supergirl go HERE
AUTOGRAPHS for Supergirl go HERE
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Crisis On Infinite Earths will start December 8, 2019 on The CW with Supergirl, Dec. 9th Batwoman, and 10th with The Flash, before going on a month break to come back with a 2-part finale on January 14th, 2020 of Arrow & the epic finale on Legends Of Tomorrow.
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