Supergirl will be moving from CBS to The CW for its second season this fall. However, star Melissa Benoist (who plays Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El/Danvers) has indicated that the DC superhero TV show shouldn't feel all that different in season 2 compared to its freshman run, given the continued involvement of showrunners/creators Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kresiberg. Nevertheless, there ought to be at least a few noticeable differences, if only due to the series' change in budget, now that it has set up camp at the same network as Berlanti and Kreisberg's fellow DC Comics-based TV shows.
We can now confirm at least one such difference between Supergirl season 2 and season 1; namely, that the Man of Steel himself, Superman will appear, starting in the show's season 2 premiere and the episode after. Supergirl season 1 viewers are no doubt aware that Superman has technically appeared on the show multiple times already, but season 2 will be the first time that Clark Kent/Kal-El makes a proper appearance on the TV series and isn't simply seen from a distance or from behind (as he was throughout his season 1 appearances).
Here is the official statement about the news issued issued by Kresiberg:
“Greg, Ali and I are beyond thrilled to welcome Clark Kent and his slightly-more-famous alter ego to the world of ‘Supergirl'. Superman will be appearing in the first two episodes of the new season and we cannot wait to see who next dons the red cape!”
Kara spent much of Supergirl season 1 attempting to escape the figurative shadow of her famous cousin and prove that she was a capable superhero in her own right. Meanwhile, the Supergirl show itself spent that same time striving to prove that its namesake and her adventures are worth tuning in to watch on a weekly basis, even without dangling the figurative carrot of a Superman appearance to entice viewers. However, now that both the TV series and Kara has a whole seasons' worth of experience fighting super-villains from Krypton and other worlds under their belts (with Kara having saved Earth on her own during the Supergirl season 1 finale), perhaps now's as good a time as any for Kal-El to fully show his face after all the build-up (lest it get dragged out too much).
Whereas the version of Superman currently played by Henry Cavill on the big screen (in such DC Extended Universe films as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the upcoming Justice League) tends to be something of a brooding superhero who constantly feels the weight of the world on his shoulders, the Supergirl version of Superman - like the show itself - has been set up as a more optimistic and cheery fellow. Throughout season 1, Clark/Kal-El not only sent his cousin encouraging and playful message via IM, he was always fully supportive of her attempts to choose her own path in life and carve out a superhero identity that was truly her own.
So, regardless of who plays him on the TV show, it shouldn't be all that difficult to tell the difference between the DCEU and Supergirl iterations of Superman in terms of personality. There will also be room left for DC fans to appreciate both as being different, yet worthwhile, renditions of the same iconic superhero (even if they prefer one to the other). With that in mind, feel free and let us know in the comments who you would like to see don the other famous red and blue costume on Supergirl season 2.
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.
Source: The CW