SUPERGIRL: Superman's Introduction To The Show Is A "Natural Progression," Star Melissa Benoist Says
If you were like me, you were a bit annoyed with all the references Supergirl kept making to “her cousin” throughout the inaugural season of the show. The references were definitely more blatant early on, but that doesn’t mean they were gone at the tail end. Superman showed up in the distance in CG form near the season’s conclusion, but we still never got a good look at him. As annoying as it was that they kept referencing him in a show that was trying to break away from Superman’s identity, it was even more annoying that they wouldn’t show his darn face!
Luckily for us, along with the recent transition from CBS to the CW, Supergirl will also be giving us Superman in the flesh. No, this iteration of the Man of Steel won’t be portrayed by Batman v Superman’s Henry Cavill, but rather Teen Wolf’s Tyler Hoechlin. If you haven’t had a chance to see him in action yet in the trailers, I suggest you do. It ain’t half bad!
So, the big question, of course is…why? Why bring in Superman after spending the first season trying to avoid actually utilizing him in a meaningful way?
Speaking with Collider, Supergirl star Melissa Benoist addressed this and discussed why she’s not worried about Superman potentially overshadowing her character:
“I wasn’t worried about it. I thought it was the natural progression of our story. We spent last season really solidifying how she wanted to approach being Supergirl and being a hero. He’s her only living family member, and I think that’s kind of a necessary relationship to explore, for both characters. I believe it really rewarded us, as a cast. You not only get to see how amazing the relationship between Kal-El and Kara is, but he has relationships with everyone on the show. He has history with a lot of them, and some of them he meets for the first time and it’s hilarious, like with Winn (Jeremy Jordan). It’s only going to benefit the show, and Tyler Hoechlin is the man to do it. He’s perfect in the role, I think.”
Looking back on the first season, I certainly have to agree with it. While Superman would pop in from time to time (in silhouette form, CG form, or conversation form), they definitely took the effort to have Supergirl learn and land on her own. At the end of the day, the show began and ended on her strengths. Of course, with the second season, the scope needs to be kicked up a notch, and what better way than to finally properly introduce her cousin?
Are you looking forward to the new season of Supergirl? Let us know in the comments down below!
Supergirl Season 2 premieres tonight at 8/7c on the CW!
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