With Supergirl joining the “Arowverse” over at the CW this fall, producer Andrew Kreisberg now has all his superhero shows under one roof. As a result, they now have the freedom to have more engaging stories for Kara Zor-El. With that, we will also get another small screen incarnation of Kal-El AKA Superman (Tyler Hoeclin), Kara’s more popular cousin will be joining for season two of the now CW show. While excited about the Man of Steel joining, he stresses that the show is still very much about Kara.
“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. It becomes about deepening the characters’ relationships, not “Well, Arrow couldn’t do it alone!” or “Flash couldn’t do it alone!” So that’s why it felt right.”
Superman will be a more known character within that universe but that doesn’t mean that the show will not focus on Kara. In fact, they will be embracing that head on.
“When Supergirl and Superman walk into the room, everyone gets really quiet about him. And her reaction is, “Oh, please…” We sort of liken it to if your brother was a famous rock star, or a famous movie star, all you remember is a lifetime of growing up and fighting over who’s sitting in the backseat, and sharing a bathroom, and he pulled my hair. And then you go to a restaurant, and people are sending him drinks, like, ‘Oh, right this way…’ and that’s sort of Kara’s interaction. People have asked us how do you make sure that Superman doesn’t overwhelm the lead of your show? Rather than shy away from that, we’re embracing it. It’s kind of the idea like, yeah, he is more popular than she is. How does she deal with that? That’s our take on that dynamic that’s between them.”
Supergirl returns for its second season October 10th.