The CW has released the first photo of Tyler Hoechlin?s Superman in the newly migrated CBS show Supergirl which returns this fall for Season 2. Hoechlin?s Superman was introduced at the San Diego Comic-Con last week.
Superman is expected to debut in the early episodes of Supergirl?s Season 2, visiting his cousin Kara (Melissa Benoist) in National City. While fans are pretty excited to see the ?Man of Steel? on the small screen, it seems Kal-El will be there just as a family member to his cousin Kara Zor-El.
Executive Producer Sarah Schechter explained why it was time to bring Superman into the series in year two.
?To be honest, in Season 1 that show was about Kara and it?s about Supergirl,? said Schechter. ?This show is about family and it?s about the family that you make as an adult and this family that?s come together and then it?s also about the family you came from [and] we have Clark to represent the family. I think it?s only natural now that Kara reconnect with him.?
And, apparently there will also be a conflict between both Supergirl and Superman especially since they have different approaches to fighting crime and alien threats.
?I think that Clark has a very different experience of what it means to have superpowers on Earth,? Schechter said. ?He was raised with them, he has certain values so there?s some real head butting and philosophical approaches that are different and we?ll get into all that.?
However, since CW now has a connected universe involving three major shows, speculations are high that Superman may have more roles to play in sort of a crossover involving an existential alien threat.
In fact, DC?s Legends of Tomorrow Producer Marc Guggenheim revealed during the Comic-Con last week that not only will The CW?s four DC Comics-based TV shows crossover in a mega-event, but Supergirl will be central to the plot.
Guggenheim confirmed that the Girl of Steel will be stopping by all three of CW’s other DC shows. “It?s an external threat from outside the shows that will involve Supergirl coming over to The Flash, then Arrow then Legends of Tomorrow.”
Though Guggenheim did not disclose what the threat could be, it is certainly likely to involve Superman for sure. MoviePilot.com speculates that since all the franchises are set in different settings, the only way for a crossover to happen in the small screen is through introducing a Multiversal threat. The second season of Supergirl could be based in the comic-book plot line of ?Crisis on Infinite Earths,? in which the villainous Anti-Monitor threatened the entire Multiverse.
Supergirl Season 2 premieres on October 10 on CW.
Check below the first look photo of Superman and Supergirl: