Supergirl performed adequately on CBS during season 1. Its move to The CW, however, along with an appearance by her cousin Superman, gave the show’s season 2 premiere a huge boost in the ratings. But in addition to an appearance by the Man of Steel, and Supergirl’s involvement in the upcoming DC TV crossover event, there’s another reason for fans to be excited for this season of Supergirl that involves a director already familiar with the Arrowverse.
Kevin Smith is one of the biggest comic book fans out there. So it’s no surprise that when it comes to the DC shows on The CW he’s tuning in every week. Look no further for proof than his reaction to the season 1 finale of The Flash, where he is seen crying in a video as the final moments of the freshman season of the Scarlet Speedster unfolded.
The CW took note of his passion for the show and he was given the chance to direct his first episode of The Flash in season 2 called ‘Runaway Dinosaur.’ The episode was well-received and Smith was invited back direct another episode of The Flash in season 3 called ‘Killer Frost,’ which he recently finished shooting. On top of that, he was also given the opportunity to direct a season 2 episode of Supergirl.
I just read this script for @thecwsupergirl episode I'm gonna direct and I LOVE IT!!! It is filled with deep-cuts characters from some of my favorite stories in the @dccomics canon and it reads bigger than anything I've ever directed before - even #Dogma! So naturally, I'm TERRIFIED. This material is way above my pay grade: the kind of stuff I've loved watching my whole life but never tried to make myself. It's pure comic book and science fiction fantasy and it reads like it should look like a 70's album cover. In a very First World way, this is scaring the shit out of me. So that's gotta be the best reason to do it, right? I should challenge myself and try to do something outside of my comfort zone. Plus, it's not like I'm gonna be alone: armed with a spectacular script, I'll be surrounded by the incredible cast & crew of one of my favorite shows - and they make magic every week. So what I lack in vision and ability I'll try to make up for with boundless fan-girl enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Thank you @andrewkreisberg & @gberlanti for the misguided belief I can pull this off. I'll try to let you down gently. Up, up and away... #KevinSmith #Supergirl #supergirlseason2 #dccomics #cw
In a new post on Instagram (above), Smith spoke enthusiastically about his episode, revealing the title, and the daunting task of directing something unlike anything else had had done before in his career. This shouldn’t be new to anyone who follows the director on social media, as his presence generally keeps followers up to date on all of his professional outings, ranging from theatrical releases to podcasts to his work for hire as a television director.
The title, ‘Supergirl Lives’ is an obvious nod to the Superman film he was commissioned to write in the 90s called Superman Lives, which was to be directed by Tim Burton and star Nicolas Cage. While telling his infamous story about his experience working on the film in An Evening With Kevin Smith, the Clerks director recounts working with Jon Peters, who, Smith maintains, didn’t want Superman to fly and for him to fight a giant spider in the third act.
With such an obvious nod to Smith’s unproduced work, it will be interesting to see whether or not fans can expect Easter eggs referencing that original script in this episode, or if the allusions to the unmade film will end with the episode’s title.
Supergirl continues on Monday with ‘Last Children of Krypton’ at 8pm on The CW.