With Supergirl coming to the CW and being a part of the DC TV universe, everyone’s excited about the potential crossovers that can now properly exist. Also of equal excitement is the fact that Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) will be appearing on the small screen for the first time since Smallville ended in 2011. We will not get to see Superman in the flesh the first season on Supergirl. During the inaugural season, Superman did not appear as one actor but rather as a silhouette, or simply an e-mail. This is partially due to the fact that Warner Bros has him on the big screen and they have made a point to separate their big screen characters from the small screen. The Suicide Squad and even more specifically Harley Quinn were quickly removed from Arrow as soon as they started planning a Suicide Squad film. It even worked in reverse in Batman v Superman when they killed Jimmy Olsen because it seems that they have established that character on Supergirl.
Turns out, Warner Bros might not be as stringent as we thought about using their big tent characters. After all, we are about to have The Flash and many of its characters on the big and small screen. The same goes for Superman. DC TV producer Andrew Kreisberg recently explained the process of gaining permission for using Superman on the small screen.
“I think people would love to hear that we had to promise our children and there was a blood rite, and a goat was sacrificed. But the truth is 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!’ We have to find the right actor, and we have to write the best scripts. We have to make the suit. That was the stuff that gave us [headaches]. Actually pulling it off. But behind the scenes, everybody at Warner Bros. and DC and the CW, we’re all growing in the same direction.”
Kreisberg and his team didn’t want him to overshadow Supergirl, so they needed to first establish her as being able to hold her own and not necessarily need her cousin.
“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 felt like you weren’t bringing him in to save the day. It was bringing him in the same way that the crossovers with Flash and the Arrow … it becomes about a partnership.”
But will Hoechlin remain on the show as Superman for long? After all, he currently is a guest star and will be on the show for at least two episodes. This will still very much be Supergirl’s show. When asked about the future of Superman Kreisberg says the following:
“That’s going to be up to Warner Bros., DC and the audience, quite frankly. If it turns out as well as we hope, and the audience responds, then we’ll see what happens down the road.”
Supergirl season two starts October 10th on the CW