Back in June, Deadline reported that Clark Kent, a.k.a. Superman, will appear in the first two episodes of the upcoming Season 2 of “Supergirl.” But given the favorable response of fans to Tyler Hoechlin’s casting as the Man of Steel, could the iconic DC Comics character pop up in more episodes of the series?
“That’s going to be up to Warner Bros., DC, and the audience, quite frankly,” showrunner Andrew Kreisberg told IGN when asked if viewers will see more of Superman after his two-episode stint at the beginning of the new installment. “He so much a part of [this world], but the show is called ‘Supergirl.’ It's about her. If it turns out as well as we hope, and the audience responds, then we’ll see what happens down the road.”
Whether or not viewers would dig Hoechlin’s version of Superman, it looks like there’s a slim chance the character would be a regular player on the CBS-turned-CW series, as Kreisberg indicated in his interview with IGN that they are very much aware of the possibility that Superman might take the spotlight away from Supergirl.
“People have asked us, ‘How do you make sure that Superman doesn't overwhelm the lead of your show?’” Kreisberg shared. “[But] 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.”
During the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel last July, executive producer Sarah Schechter said that Superman role on the show is strictly supporting as the focus of the series is still on Supergirl.
“This show is about family. It’s about the family that you make as an adult [the Danvers] and this family that’s come together [Kara and his friends], and then it’s also about the family you came from [the House of El], [and] we have Clark to represent the family. I think it’s only natural now that Kara reconnects with him,” Schechter said (via Variety) of why they decided to introduce the Man of Steel next season.
“Clark is the one part of her family that’s still alive,” Schechter added during a roundtable interview at Comic-Con with /Film. “[Introducing him to the show is] a way to learn more about Kara.”
“Supergirl” Season 2 premieres on Monday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. on The CW.