When the news came out that the Supergirl television show was moving to the CW, there was some cause for concern. Would the budget drop? Would we stop getting great effects? Would the cast all return? Some of those questions have been answered. Others linger.
And a pertinent blurb: “Greg [Berlanti], Ali [Adler] and I are beyond thrilled to welcome Clark Kent and his slightly-more-famous alter ego to the world of Supergirl” says executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. “Superman will be appearing in the first two episodes of the new season we cannot wait to see who next dons the red cape!”
Now I can dissect this in many ways.
My hope is that they bring Superman in for the first two episodes to then have him announce he needs to go into deep space to fight a cosmic threat. This was the show 100% eliminates the 'where is Superman' rant that occasionally haunted the first season. (Remember the Super-boots?) It could then be revealed that the cosmic threat is the Crisis-style catastrophe hinted at over on the Flash.
So I hope they bring Superman in to then get him out of the show. I'd like that most of all. Because this is Kara's show and her story. Having Superman in episodes can only detract from what should be her story.
Now onto the bigger question. How is going to play him? Given Berlanti shows predilection to honor the past, I am hoping they bring in someone already linked to the character. And if I do my math right, in this show, Superman is probably around 36-38.
Personally, I hope Matt Bomer gets the job. He is the right age. He looks like Superman. And he was Superman's voice in the animated Superman:Unbound, a movie which had a big role for Supergirl. That would be a nice link to everything.
I suppose Smallville's Tom Welling is a sentimental choice. He was Superman on the CW. He also is the right age. And the show has already brought in Smallville alum Laura Vandervoort. This would also be a nice touch.
Still, I like the Bomer idea a bit more.
But who's to say this isn't all some elaborate feint.
Maybe there is some timey-wimey thing happening. Maybe a young Kal is somehow in the pod that crashed in the season finale. Maybe Daniel Dimaggio gets to recreate his role as young Kal like he did last season.
Anyways, the Kreisberg announcement got some Supergirl buzz happening on the internet and that's a good thing.
And I'd bet something big that the end of the second episode leaves the world without Superman.