With its move from CBS to The CW for season 2, there’s plenty to talk about in regard to Supergirl. The series is currently gearing up to join fellow DC Comics superheroes Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow this fall as part of the network’s lineup – and show producers, as well as CW executives, have already teased planned crossovers between the superheroes all existing within a shared multiverse.
However, Supergirl will also be introducing a whole host of new characters to National City, including Kara Danvers’ (Melissa Benoist) new boss, Snapper Carr (Ian Gomez), Lex Luthor’s sister Lena (Katie McGrath), NCPD agent Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima), Daxamite Mon-El (Chris Wood), and Miss Martian (Sharon Leal). Still, perhaps the most anticipated character to join Supergirl in season 2 is her cousin, Clark Kent, née Kal-El, a.k.a. Superman (Tyler Hoechlin). Now, Supergirl showrunner Andrew Kreisberg reveals why Kara and Clark join forces when Superman appears in the first two episodes of season 2.
While speaking to TVLine, Kreisberg explained Project Cadmus will be the source of “a chain of events that forces Supergirl and Superman to team up.” Introduced in season 1, Project Cadmus is a secret government research lab tied to the DEO that experimented on extraterrestrials, which was why – as the show explained – Superman didn’t work with the agency. Kreisberg additionally teased what the dynamic between Supergirl and Superman will bring to the show’s opening episodes of season 2:
“They get to spend some time in each other’s lives, which they haven’t previously gotten to do. [Clark teaches Kara how to] integrate both parts of her life into one.”
Based on set photos from Supergirl, we’ve seen the Man of Steel fighting a villain who appears to be Metallo – with this speculation all but confirmed since the series recently cast Frederick Schmidt as the DC Comics antagonist. Additionally, the casting report stated Schmidt will play an assassin injured by Supergirl and Superman, then “reborn by a shadow organization” into a Kryptonite-infused villain. If we put these bits of information together, it would seem Supergirl’s season 2 will kick off with the Girl of Steel uniting with her cousin when Project Cadmus creates Metallo.
That said, it remains to be seen how the DEO will factor into Supergirl and Superman’s relationship in the season 2 premiere. Last viewers left the series, it seemed Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onzz a.k.a. Martian Manhunter (David Harewood) and Kara’s adoptive sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) were reinstated at the organization following them fleeing when Hank was revealed to be a Martian. Plus, we know Kara’s friend Winn (Jeremy Jordan) will take on a bigger role at the DEO – due to him being fired from CatCo, Kreisberg explained. So, it would seem Supergirl will be working with the DEO in season 2, but Superman’s disapproval of their agency may cause tension between the Krypton cousins.
Still, no matter how Superman is included in Supergirl, fans of both the show and the DC Comics are sure to be excited to see the Man and Girl of Steel share the screen. While it will be entertaining to see the superheroes face off against a comic book villain, the episodes will undoubtedly also focus on the relationship between the characters. However, it remains to be seen how Supergirl pulls off their dynamic – and the villain – while kicking off season 2.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4 at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13.