Andrew Kreisberg Talks How ‘Supergirl’ Got Permission To Use Superman

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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

Source: IGN (via CBM)

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  • Carl

    The key phrase is “we’re all growing in the same direction.” WB has clearly changed their tune on these things after the poor reception of BvS and now SS. Hopefully Arrow can bring back Deadshot and others.

    • Napi

      Ok

      • Carl

        Glad you agree.

        • Napi

          The only thing I agree is that you and Marquis are both A-holes

          • Carl

            Got any reason for that other than us having a difference of opinion?

          • Napi

            No, having a difference of opinion is something you can do if you got some criteria, you guys, are nothing but haters.

          • Carl

            I like DC just not the DCEU movies. I’m excited to see a better representation of Superman on Supergirl’s show.

            You are the hater.

          • Napi

            No Carl, simply NO

          • Carl

            I like DC just not the DCEU movies. I’m excited to see a better representation of Superman on Supergirl’s show.

            You are the hater.

  • xxjinzaxx

    Hm. Is allowing Superman on Supergirl another marketing test; to verify if there is indeed a market for the old cinematic Superman? News of both Superman on CW and the new MOS2 film production came rather close. Either way, it’s a good opportunity to see what works before principal filming of the feature film.

    It will be interesting to see if Superman on CW resembles comic book Superman or Donner Superman. There is a difference.

    • Vegas82

      MOS2 is in development, not production.

      • xxjinzaxx

        Correct.

        It should have been clear by me suggesting “before principal filming” begins. But production is way ahead, unless you count any working hours committed to the projects as part of production.