Supergirl season 2 looks like it's going to be a strong one despite the network change. Now that the series has settled into a rhythm, the show can focus on world building and putting more stock into character development. With the addition of new allies and villains, Kara is going to need a little help now that baddies actually see her as a threat.
A massive cross-over with all of her new CW compatriots is on the horizon, but the first partnership we can expect comes as Superman finally gets some face time in National City. Buzz around the set tells us that Tyler Hoechlin is a great fit for the character even if he does have some trouble getting into the suit. All of the talk of Warner Bros. being an overbearing studio seems to have skipped Supergirl as the series continues to pull in more characters from the pages of the comics.
Executive producer and co-creator Andrew Kreisberg had great things to say about his collaboration efforts with DC and Warner Bros.. In an interview with IGN, he praises the publisher and the studio for their acceptance of the Supergirl plan to include Superman in the series. Joking that no blood sacrifices were involved, Kreisberg goes on to say:
"We're all partners, and we all want what's best and so it really wasn't a tough sell. We had our plan, and we presented it to Warner Bros. and to DC, and they were totally supportive of it. It was more once they actually said yes, it was like, ‘Oh crap, now we have to do Superman!’ But behind the scenes, everybody at Warner Bros. and DC and the CW... We're all growing in the same direction.”
The producer noted that Superman was part of the long plan even when the show was still at CBS. The hard part, he continues, was "[finding] the right actor, [writing] the best scripts, and [making] the suit." In essence, the biggest hurdle was all the elements that go into bringing the character to life in a way that works within the existing framework of the series and differentiates itself from other versions of Superman.
"We felt like we had an interesting, unique take on Superman because our show is viewed through the prism of Supergirl," Kreisberg goes on to say as he explains why season 2 is the right time to introduce the iconic character. At the moment, Hoechlin is only scheduled to appear in the first two episodes of the season, and Kreisberg said his return is dependent upon fan reaction and studio execs. He was clear in standing firm that this show is about its titular character, Supergirl, and that the relationship between Kara and her incredibly famous cousin is one of comrades-in-arms.
“I think we've spent a year establishing her, and the year ended triumphantly with her saving the world, so there wasn't any sort of doubt that Supergirl couldn't do it on her own. It was bringing him in the same way that the crossovers with The Flash and Arrow: It becomes about a partnership."
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.