‘Supergirl’ is currently casting for a really big role… Superman! Yes, Kara’s famous cousin is soaring over to National City to help kick off the second season of the show, as it shifts over to The CW from CBS, where it suffered in the ratings.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg exclaimed:
“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. 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!”
Last fall, the producers of ‘Supergirl’ insisted that Superman would not be making any substantial appearances on the fledgling series, because they wanted the title hero to retain the focus on the show and worried that the Man of Steel might upstage her.
Sarah Schechter stated:
“I think the reason why Superman’s not in the show is because it’s not about him. And it’s her show and it’s about her and he is just sort of a shadow in the back of her psyche, and I think that’s the right way to portray him because that’s how she experiences it.”
Superman did make appearances as a baby and as a teenager, played by Daniel DiMaggio in the dream sequence in Episode 13, ‘For The Girl Who Has Everything’. The adult version of Superman did make a few obscured cameos, but didn’t speak and wasn’t fully visible. (Fitness model Kevin Caliber, right, stood in for the hero but wasn’t credited.)
This is a rather shocking development since Warner Brothers seems to have put a kibosh on letting The CW use any characters that the studio wants to use in the movies, with the exception of ‘The Flash’. (See: the recent death of Laurel Lance/Black Canary.) And of course, Superman, played by Henry Cavill is one of the most important figures in the WB’s DC film franchise.
It’s unclear whether or not he’ll be sticking around, however, as in December, there will be a major crossover among the DC shows which most predict will be a ‘Crisis’-type event that will result in National City winding up on Earth-1… but what about Metropolis?
Of course, The CW had a Superman of sorts in Tom Welling who starred on ‘Smallville’ for ten years. Should they bring him back? And whoever lands the role, should he pop up on ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, he will come face-to-face with the last cinematic Man of Steel, Brandon Routh who now plays Ray Palmer/The Atom.
Would you like to see Welling back? Should Kevin Caliber get a shot at a speaking role? Or is there someone else that would make a better Superman on ‘Supergirl’?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter