Just when you thought the news couldn’t get any better with Supergirl set to join The CW fall lineup, bigger news has dropped that will make fans of the DC TV universe very happy. Casting is underway for the role of the Man of Steel himself in season 2 of Supergirl. Superman had been a shadowy figure that loomed big in the show’s mythology, but outside of a few obstructed visuals, the audience never got a full glimpse of the son of Krypton in action. That will change this fall on The CW.
The moment Supergirl and The Flash crossed over last spring, the big Gorilla in the room (not named Grodd) became a discussion for fans of the shared TV Universe. If Superman exists in Supergirl’s world, then he now obviously exists in the world of The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. The possibilities became endless of how Clark Kent could become a player in the other shows. I for one was holding out hope that Smallville took place on Earth 5 and we would get the return of Tom Welling, but I don’t think that will happen.
So who do you cast and how do you use the ultimate hero in the DC universe? That remains to be seen. I would imagine an actor who is a little older considering Superman was doing his thing saving the world during Kara’s youth on Earth. An ultimate wish list would include Joe Manganiello (True Blood & Magic Mike) or Jon Hamm (Mad Men). The two veteran actors look the part, but odds are you could never afford them or get them interested in doing guests spots on regular TV. The likelihood is the show will cast a relative unknown just like they did with Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl for economic and contractual reasons. You don’t want to have a high-priced actor holding all the cards as to how much he will get paid and when he will be available for shooting when he is needed to don the cape.
As for the how they will use iconic hero, don’t expect Superman to become a regular on the series. After all, the show is named Supergirl and adding a character like that full-time would cast a shadow on any show he was on. His appearances need to be limited, but special event worthy whether it’s on Supergirl or The Flash. Another idea would be to give the actor that lands the role a contract similar to Wentworth Miller who plays Captain Cold. Miller’s contract keeps him in the DC TV universe, but doesn’t have him tied down to one show. You could have Kal-El fighting Grodd on The Flash or spinning the Earth backwards to help out the time traveling Legends or Tomorrow. Another cool perk is having Superman’s villains involved as well. Who wouldn’t want to see Lex Luthor in Star City or Brainiac infecting Star Labs.
The possibilities are endless and that’s what makes this notion of Superman in the mix this fall on Supergirl so much fun. Fingers crossed he is the focus of the future four show crossover planned by the network. Be sure to check out Supergirl Monday nights at 8 this fall on The CW.
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