Throughout season 1 of Supergirl, the series continued to make references to the fact that there was a Superman flying around this world. However, instead of having him actually appear, viewers only got to see him and Kara exchange instant messages. That all changed for season 2 when it was announced that Superman would be coming to National City for a few episodes. The CW went on to cast Tyler Hoechlin in the role, and his debut was met with mostly positive reactions. In fact, viewers came to enjoy Hoechlin as Superman and Clark Kent so much many began to wonder if CW would soon announce a Superman spinoff series.
Unfortunately, since Superman left National City early on this season, there has been no word about when he would be returning next, let alone what the chances are of him leading his own series. Now, the president of The CW says it isn't happening.
The CW president Mark Pedowitz was asked by EW if Hoechlin could soon be leading a solo series, but he made it clear that it is not in the cards right now. Furthermore, Pedowitz stated they are also unsure if or when Hoechlin will make a triumphant return to Earth-38.
Tyler did a great job. There’s no plan to do a series. There are no plans at the moment for him to return [to Supergirl]. If they wish to have him return, we’d love to have him.
As well as Hoechlin was received, it is a tad surprising that The CW is not actively looking to further bolster their superhero lineup by having a Superman series. But, even if this was something they are actively looking at, DC still has to approve the network’s usage of their characters. They have been hesitant to allow bigger characters to appear in the past - most notably, Harley Quinn was relegated to an Easter egg in Arrow - so there is no guarantee that DC would allow Superman to lead his own show after all.
Superman remaining a supporting character on Supergirl may not be the worst thing anyway. The CW already has Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow, so finding the right timeslot for an additional DC show could be tricky. After all, they just moved Legends of Tomorrow to a new night to give other shows more viewer friendly timeslots, and they would certainly want to give Superman a prime spot as well. Plus, The CW must be pleased with their current lineup after renewing many of its shows for additional seasons, which will continue to leave Superman on the outside looking in.
Supergirl season 2 returns with ‘Supergirl Lives’ Monday January 23 at 8pm on The CW.