Superman will be leaping with a single bound from big screen to television, with the news that the Man of Steel will appear in the first two episodes of Supergirl Season 2 on The CW. This is a huge coup for the Supergirl team as the DC Comics Trinity of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman have usually been off-limits – at least in their fully-costumed adult versions – on live-action television.
The character had previously only had his impact/presence felt on Supergirl off-screen or through cleverly placed camera shots that only showed a blur or a pair red boots. The always nerd-tastic Andrew Kreisberg released a statement on behalf of himself and his co-producers Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler about the big blue boy scout’s appearance on Supergirl:
“Greg, Ali 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!”
So that answers the obvious first question – no, they haven’t cast Supes/Clark Kent yet. The next question is much bigger in terms of Warner Bros TV’s DC Comics universe on The CW – What are the implications of Superman joining that continuity? Or will he even? Details on how Supergirl will be joining The Flash, Arrow, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow shared universe for good are still unknown. Last season’s Supergirl crossover with The Flash made it clear Kara and Co. were from another Earth i.e. a different universe not normally accessible to Arrow/Flash-verse
Also, with Henry Cavill still scheduled to portray Superman on the big screen for Justice League and beyond, does this mean WB/DC are loosening their reigns on the characters? Could we possibly see Wonder Woman or Bats himself show up on one of The CW’s four DC Comics shows?
As for who should play the role? The perfect, easy money casting is Smallville‘s Tom Welling. He hasn’t acted much since the show went off the air, but perhaps the red cape can coax him back? I also wouldn’t mind seeing the often rumored Matt Bomer (White Collar, American Horror Story) finally get his shot.
Regardless, Supergirl Season 2 is going to start with a bang and we’ll keep you updated when casting news goes out for the Man of Steel on the small screen.