THIS BLOG POST IS FOR SUPERGIRL SEASON 5 EPISODE 20 (the season finale), AND IT MAY CONTAIN POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR THE EPISODE.
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I caught up with Supergirl shooting in part of downtown Vancouver called Coal Harbour. On this day they were filming a few scenes for the season 5 finale. Unfortunately I did not get to the first couple, as this information snuck up on everyone and we didnt really find out about it till the early afternoon. By the time I got there, they were on the 2nd to last of several locations they were shooting in the area that day.
The first scene I came across had several cast in a scene. Melissa Benoist as Supergirl, David Harewood as Martian Manhunter, Nicole Maines as Dreamer, Jesse Rath as Brainiac 5 (looks a bit different than I recall), Sharon Leal as Miss Martian, and the stand in for Chyler Leigh was in the scene too in some type of black & blue hooded outfit (anyone seen her wearing that before?).
The scene had this group of heroes walking thru a mob on a plaza. They get to the front, and seem happy about something. People are seemingly cheering, but there also was at least a couple background who looked up were acting angry, including 1 walking away giving a thumbs down to whatever was going on. No other context of the scene really is known. That was it.
After that scene wrapped, they went on lunch & moved on to their next scene across the street..
The last location of the day was in a childrens park. This location saw several cast at it.
Melissa Benoist was on set as Kara Danvers, Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor, David Harewood as J'onn J'onzz, Jesse Rath as Querl Dox, Nicole Maines as Nia Nal, as well as returning guest star Sharon Leal as M'gann M'orzz. Also on set was Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor, but he was not shooting (at least while I was there) on camera. This usually means the actor is needed to simply speak a piece of dialogue needed in the scene.
From what I could see of the scene, it seemed the cast were hanging around this bench, seemingly having a good time, as there was a lot of laughing while the camera was rolling. Then suddenly something catches their attention, and they all look up a bit. I never heard any dialogue for the scene, but their fun loving nature from moments earlier seemed to change into a more serious look. I know the direction they looked is where Jon was standing off camera, so perhaps it was something to do with Lex? But I cant say. In some of the scenes you might see bubbles on screen, this is because they had a child playing with a bubble blower throughout the scene, while another was playing soccer with a "dad".
This was, from what anyone could recall, the first on location shoot Supergirl had done, and more notably Melissa, since her pregnancy announcement. The earlier filming had her in her Supergirl costume, but because of the sheer density of the crowd, theres no photos of her full frame to see if she is well in, or not. The evening shoot, she was bundled in a heavy jacket to hide any ideas on that.
After an hour or so of shooting that scene, the cast headed off. Katie and David stopped to meet fans. Earlier in the day Jesse came over to a fence that was splitting the sidewalk and the property they were on to come and say him. They all appeared to be in good spirits despite while they were working the news came out that Riverdale, which shares a studio with Supergirl was shutting down production early because of a possible COVID-19 issue. Katie even referenced she was hesitant to give a fan a hug as she was worried she could give them the disease. Whether that was a thought on her mind prior to the news, or not, I dont know. But she eventually did give the hugs after all.
From what it sounded like from the crew I chatted with, this is probably the last exterior shoot of the season. At this time, I believe there is no plans to shut down production for their show, despite sharing a studio with Riverdale. Filming for Supergirl season 5 is scheduled to wrap March 17. So they just have a few days to try and get through this.
I also have some video of the scene, but it wont be up for a little while, as I have a lot of other projects that I am working on. Perhaps by next week I will have it on Patreon, and by the end of the month on Youtube.
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Supergirl season 5 is on Sunday nights on The CW in the U.S. and on Showcase in Canada.
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