Superman will make his first real appearance on Supergirl next season. Variety reports that casting is currently underway for Clark Kent, who'll appear in the first two episodes of the series' second season this fall. The announcement paves the way to the first new live-action portrayal of the Man of Steel on TV since Smallville ended in 2011.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg expressed excitement about the prospect of having Superman on the show, speaking also for fellow producers Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler. "Greg, Ali and I are beyond thrilled to welcome Clark Kent and his slightly-more-famous alter ego to the world of Supergirl," he said. "Superman will be appearing in the first two episodes of the new season and we cannot wait to see who next dons the red cape!"
"We cannot wait to see who next dons the red cape!"
Superman's official inclusion in the show departs somewhat from how Superman was talked about before. Initially, Kreisberg and company wanted to avoid involving him because it would derail from telling a good story about Supergirl, a character who's often in her older cousin's shadow. "I think the reason why Superman’s not in the show is because it’s not about him," producer Sarah Shechter told HitFix last year. That led to Superman being a part of Supergirl's world but rarely being seen as anything other than a CGI blur. That will change this year, but fans should still expect Kal-El to play a short supporting role to Kara Zor-El's ongoing story.
Superman's debut will also happen on the CW, which just picked Supergirl up after the series was dropped by CBS. That means the character will coexist with other DC superheroes on the network like Arrow, the Flash, and the Legends of Tomorrow. While the Justice League movie is already well underway, it's pretty easy to imagine a massive crossover with all these characters being made at some point in the future.