During the build-up to the premiere of Supergirl season 1, the show was presented as being not only the rare female superhero TV series, but one that openly embraces a cheery air of optimism and playfulness that’s not always found in the comic book genre (be it on the printed page, the small screen and/or the big screen). The show is now aiming to remain true to that cause with its second season on The CW, while at the same time going “bigger” with Kara Danvers/Zor-El’s (Melissa Benoist) next round of super-heroics.
So far, the plans for Supergirl season 2 include taking a deeper dive into the show’s established mythology by featuring even more important DC Comics characters (Superman, Miss Martian, Mon-El), in addition to hosting a musical crossover episode with The Flash – a show that Supergirl crossed over with in season 1 – and in general more firmly cementing its status as an important part of the larger Arrowverse (which includes The Flash, Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow). According to Supergirl‘s co-creator Andrew Kreisberg though, much of this might not have been possible had the show stayed on CBS and filming in L.A., as it did during its first season.
Kreisberg, in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (hat tip to CBR), discusses the matter of Supergirl not only moving from CBS to The CW, but also shifting its production from L.A. to across the country in Vancouver for its second season. The interview includes a fresh Supergirl season 2 image too (see below), offering assurances that Kara will stay as capable as ever at stopping moving vehicles in their tracks:
Kreisberg told EW that having Supergirl film in Vancouver frees up the show to be bigger than it could have been otherwise:
“[The show] would’ve started to feel very small if we continued in L.A. That was one of the reason we made the decision to move, so that we could get scope and go out in the streets.
“So yes, it might be a little rainy once in a while, and we might see her breath, but it’s going to be worth it because the show is actually going to feel bigger.”
Production on the other three TV shows in the Arrowverse also takes place in Vancouver, as does Supergirl co-creator (and the Arrowverse’s head architect) Greg Berlanti’s newest comic book TV show adaptation on The CW, Riverdale. While it makes logistical sense for filming on Supergirl season 2 to take place in the same region as its now-fellow TV series on The CW for that reason alone, the move may indeed allow the series to “go bigger” too, like Kreisberg claims it will.
There are (naturally) drawbacks to Supergirl‘s move from L.A. to Vancouver too, in particular when it comes to limiting costar Calista Flockhart’s presence as Cat Grant in season 2 (though Kreisberg has already confirmed that the character will be showing up more than once). So long as the move allows the show to truly fulfill the potential it showed throughout its first season, then the benefits of the change in scenery should outweigh the drawbacks in this case.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.