Supergirl Doesn’t Need Saving—Sorry, Superman
With so much hype surrounding Superman’s arrival in the second season of Supergirl, the last thing executive producer and co-creator Andrew Kreisberg wants is for Clark Kent to overshadow the CW show’s titular heroine. After spending the entire first season learning what it means to be a hero, Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) is still very much the star of her own show. As for Clark (Tyler Hoechlin), his presence in National City will help Kara better understand herself.
In fact, the relationship between Kara and her incredibly (and/or obnoxiously) famous cousin is one of comrades-in-House-of-El-arms. So don’t expect Kal-El to save the day in National City; Supergirl has it all under control. During a recent interview with IGN, Kreisberg described their dynamic as a “partnership.”
“It felt like you weren’t bringing him in to save the day,” he said. “It was bringing him in the same way that the crossovers with Flash and 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!'” (That’s all fine, but will Clark also unexpectedly bring Kara ice cream?)
Hoechlin will make his debut as Clark Kent in the first two episodes of Season 2, but Kreisberg won’t rule out future appearances. Of course, that decision is dependent upon fan reaction to the character and Warner Bros. execs. For now, however, the focus will be on establishing Kara and Clark’s unique relationship.
Throughout the first season, the odds were stacked against Supergirl. She had never done this whole hero thing before, and regardless of what she did, she was constantly compared to her older (although, not technically!) Kryptonian cousin, Superman. The second season will find Kara dealing with Superman’s overwhelming popularity.
“When Supergirl and Superman walk into the room, everyone gets really quiet about him. And her reaction is, ‘Oh, please…'” Kreisberg said. “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,” he added. “It’s kind of the idea like, yeah, he is more popular than she is. How does she deal with that?”
Probably the same way she deals with everything else—with resilience, empathy, and unabashed positivity.