Superman is coming back to the small screen! After numerous teases and namedrops in season 1 of Supergirl on CBS, the Man of Steel is going to officially make his real debut on season 2 as the program moves over to join fellow DC TV programming on The CW.
So, before we geek out like Arrow star Stephen Amell over the idea of a four-way crossover event between all of The CW’s DC shows, fans will get to see the face of Superman in the first two episodes of Supergirl season 2. No one’s been cast in the role just yet, but given the DC’s history of bringing back familiar faces for new shows (see: John Wesley Shipp in The Flash and many supporting players in Supergirl) there’s already a movement from fans hoping to see Tom Welling return as Clark Kent and his red caped alter ego.
Just see the reactions on social media and in our own Supergirl season 2 article about the official news here. They want Tom. But either way, Superman appearing is a brilliant marketing move to relaunch the show on a different network, and we can only hope such an appearance can open the door to any and all DC characters being available for use of TV. If TV and movies are separate universes (which they are), there shouldn’t be nonsensical restrictions on who can show up. There are already two Barry Allens, after all.
So, with superhero casting news comes the obligatory and appropriate fan art, including another great and timely rendering from one of our favorites, BossLogic, who put together the following conceptual art / Supergirl season 2 teaser poster featuring none other than Tom Welling suited up as Superman in a costume fit for the DC TV universe.
Do you want to see Tom Welling play Superman after his 10 years of work in Smallville? Or should they cast someone entirely different and unexpected? With Superman showing up on the small screen, should Warner Bros. allow for Batman, Wonder Woman, and other core DC characters to appear on TV as well? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Supergirl season 2 will air at 8pm Mondays on The CW in Fall 2016, The Flash will air in the same timeslot on Tuesdays, Arrow on Wednesdays, and Legends of Tomorrow on Thursdays.