How ‘Supergirl’ Scored the Man of Steel

While we’ve still yet to see any footage of Season 2, the team behind Supergirl has not been shy when it comes to letting us know what to expect when the show returns for its sophomore year over on The CW–the biggest piece of news being that Tyler Hoechlin will be playing the Man of Steel for the season’s first two episodes.

As we all saw, the show went to great lengths to hide Superman’s face, but he was by no means absent from Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) life. We saw them DM-ing on the computer and got quite a few glimpses of his famous red cape and boots. It almost seemed as if the show wanted to show him but just weren’t able to. In an interview with IGN, however, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed that that wasn’t necessarily the case.

“I think we’ve spent a year establishing her, and the year ended triumphantly with her saving the world, so there wasn’t any sort of doubt that Supergirl couldn’t do it on her own. It felt like you weren’t bringing him in to save the day. It was bringing him in the same way that the crossovers with Flash (Grant Gustin) and the Arrow (Stephen Amell)… it becomes about a partnership.”

So why was now the right time to bring in the famous cousin? Kreisberg explains:

“You’re starting Season 2, how do you get people to come in and check it out and watch? This felt like the best way to do that. We felt like we had an interesting, unique take on Superman because our show is viewed through the prism of Supergirl.”

And how did the deal go down?

“We had our plan, and we presented it to Warner Bros. and to DC and they were totally supportive of it. It was more once they actually said yes, it was like, ‘Oh crap, now we have to do Superman!’ We have to find the right actor, and we have to write the best scripts. We have to make the suit. That was the stuff that gave us [headaches]. Actually pulling it off.”

Also, as part of TVLine’s Fall TV Spoilers feature, Kreisberg divulged what exactly will be bringing Kara and Clark together in the premiere. Apparently, Project Cadmus (the organization currently holding Alex’s dad, Jeremiah) will set their sights on the super-cousins, triggering “a chain of events that forces Supergirl and Superman to team up.”

Finally, while we know the season premiere will be titled ‘The Adventures of Supergirl’, KryptonSite recently learned the title of the second episode of the season: ‘The Last Children of Krypton’. Very appropriate.

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