Supergirl won’t be overshadowed by the return of Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) or the arrival of Zod (Mark Gibbon) in the season 2 finale. The sophomore season of Supergirl not only marked a shift for the female-lead DC television show from CBS to The CW, it also brought new changes for the Kryptonian hero. Kara gained a new boyfriend, new alien allies, and even a new boss. While season 2 has heavily focused on the romantic relationships of Kara and Mon-El as well as Alex and Maggie, trust has been a major theme also. Is Lena Luthor someone Kara can truly trust? Does the president truly want equality? Despite all of the positive relationships in Kara’s life, there’s been no shortage of villains.
Lillian Luthor and Mon-El’s evil mother Queen Rhea have been obvious villains from the start, but other villains have entered and exited the sophomore season in surprising ways. The White Martian and Cadmas storylines have kept fans on their toes, and a classic DC villain will be making their appearance in the finale: General Zod.
With him also marks the return of Superman, bringing the promise of a showdown between two major DC rivals for an explosive sophomore season finale. For those worried that this might mean that the pop culture titans may overshadow the show’s heroine, fear not. When speaking with ComicBook, Supergirl executive producer Andrew Kreisberg explained:
The show is called Supergirl. Everything, every character, no matter who it is, is there to service Supergirl and Kara. I don’t think any of us has ever really worried about him coming in and overpowering her or overshadowing her, especially the Superman that we’ve embraced for ourselves. And that’s sort of the best part of getting to play with these characters. You get to do your own interpretation. Like with any of these characters, no matter who it is, there’s been a Superman before us and they’ll be a Superman after us. We just kind of get to do our own leg of the journey.
This iteration of the Superman character marks an older, more experienced version that contrasts Kara’s inexperience, making her the more interesting of the two. So it makes sense that she, of course, would remain the focus of the show. It also sounds as though Kara will have enough on her plate to contend with going into the finale with her looking to face off against a potentially re-emerged Cadmas, Rhea, and General Zod, so she’ll need all the help she can get. Up until this point, Superman has been content to let his cousin forge her own path unless she requests his help, which further supports Kreisberg’s statement.
With Kara looking to protect her boyfriend and her city against the various threats, she’s going to need all of the help she can get, which should make for one exciting season finale, and set up for a highly anticipated third season.
Supergirl continues Monday, May 8 with ‘City of Lost Children’ at 8pm on The CW.