The CW isn’t wasting any time in bringing out the big guns for Supergirl‘s sophomore season. Kal-El is officially set to appear along side his cousin Kara Zor-El in the first two episodes, finally teaming up the two super powered Kryptonians in The WB’s TV universe.
“Greg [Berlanti], Ali [Adler] and I are beyond thrilled to welcome Clark Kent and his slightly-more-famous alter ego to the world of ‘Supergirl,’” said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg in a statement. “Superman will be appearing in the first two episodes of the new season and we cannot wait to see who next dons the red cape!”
Although Superman appears in a silhouette during Supergirl‘s opening credits, he was kept predominantly as reliable but unseen adviser to Melissa Benoist’s Kara Zor-El throughout Season 1.
By announcing the search is currently underway for a new actor to suit up in the iconic blue and red costume, it confirms there will be no multiverse mic-drop worthy stunt casting by bringing Smallville‘s Tom Welling back to the role.
Even though Smallville and Supergirl obviously co-exist on different Earths (while The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow have a shared world), Supergirl‘s Kal-El could conceivably look like Tom Welling if the producers held tough with the parallel Earth doppelgänger theory put forth in The Flash.
Oh wait, then that would mean Supergirl would star Laura Vandervoort, Smallville‘s Kara Zor-El. Oh hell stop, Vandervoort has appeared on Supergirl as the villain Indigo. Never mind, this is why DC Comics published Crisis on Infinite Earths in the mid ’80s.
OK, lets get back to The CW’s new Superman.
The producers have a unique opportunity to present a heroic idealized version of Superman fans can embrace on TV while Henry Cavill’s dark brooding version flies on the big screen full of self doubt. It seemed the Warner Bros. film suits were set to keep the Man of Steel exclusive to the movies, but with the less than stellar response to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice it seems that rope has been let loose to allow a new take that fits perfectly into the CW-verse.
Of course this also breaks down the flood gates for that sweeps period cross over event assembling a TV version of the Justice League. Adding two Kryptonians, The CW now has solid JLA potential with Superman, Supergirl, The Flash, Green Arrow, Vixen, The Atom, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Firestorm, Speedy, Arsenal, The Flash of Earth-2 Jay Garrick, and Constantine.
Supergirl moves from CBS to The CW this fall, keeping the Monday 8PM time slot.