Collider.com spoke with Andrew Kreisberg at the TCA's a while back and Andrew shared some interesting facts about season 2 of Supergirl! He was able to confirm that Winn would be joining the D.E.O. for sure this season as well as some of the lessons the staff learned about how to make a great Supergirl show. Here's a few highlights, for the whole article, check out Collider.com.
What do you feel you can do with Season 2, that you couldn’t do in the first season?
In a way, it’s almost like a sequel, and I don’t mean that in terms of it being dark. When you look at Empire Strikes Back compared to Star Wars, because you’d already introduced the characters and gotten that out of the way, you were able to go deeper with the characters and have more introspection, and watch them grow and learn. In some ways, the show is a little bit more comic book-y, with the addition of Superman and some of the things we’re trying, but it’s also gotten richer, with some of the characters and what they’ll be exploring this season.
With all of the great things that come with getting to continue the show on The CW, one of the things you lost was the ability to have Calista Flockhart on as a regular cast member. How often can we expect to see her?
Well, she’s in the first two episodes and we’re talking to her about doing more. It’s funny because, from our perspective, we thought she wouldn’t do any. And it’s not because she doesn’t love the show. She’s such a huge fan of the show, but moving to Vancouver, we assumed that we would part as friends. But she’s so into the show and feels such an allegiance and a responsibility to it that she’s agreed to come back, so we’re very happy. We’re not focusing on what we don’t have. We’re focusing on what we do have, and it’s allowed us to have Ian Gomez, who’s playing Snapper Carr, come in, in a more supervisory capacity, which is fun. Kara has spent two years of her life learning to deal with Cat Grant’s idiosyncracies, foibles, short temper and mixed signals, and just when she finally got that down, she’s now introduced to a new boss who’s very different, has his own thing, and isn’t quite as impressed by her spunk as Cat always was, even if Cat wouldn’t admit it. It’s a journey, like any of us go on. We’ve all had different bosses, over the course of our careers. Just when you finally feel like you’ve nailed your job, you get promoted and you’re suddenly like, “I don’t know what I’m doing anymore!” That’s what’s going to happen to Kara this season.
What can you say about the addition of Christopher Wood and how his character will fit in with things?
We don’t want to say too much because we’re doing our own version of Mon-El. Obviously, he’s a character from the comic books and he’s much beloved, and we’re putting our own spin on it. What’s interesting about Mon-El joining the show, from Kara’s perspective, is that Kara has spent her whole life as someone who’s been mentored, first by her mother, and then by the Danvers and Superman and Cat. She’s always been somebody who’s been taken care of, in a way. Now, with Mon-El, he’s fresh off the boat. As far as he’s concerned, living on another planet happened yesterday, and suddenly, he’s on Earth and everything he knew was lost, just the way it was for Kara, but she’s had 12 years to process it and he’s struggling with it. So, Kara is now the one in the mentor position. Ironically, she even says in an episode, “I was sent to Earth not to be a hero. I wasn’t sent here to be Supergirl. I was sent here to protect Clark and take care of Clark. Now, in an odd way, with Mon-El here, I’m getting to fulfill that original mission that I had.” So, it’s a big change and a big growing experience for Kara, this season.
How daunting was it to figure out how you wanted to portray Superman, what you wanted the dynamic between Clark and Kara to be, and finding the right actor to take all of that on?
I think our take on him is probably something a little bit more traditional. There’s certainly a little bit of the “Aw shucks” about him, but he’s been Superman for awhile, so there’s a savviness about him as Superman and as Clark. If he’s been Superman for 12 years, that also means that he’s been Clark Kent for 12 years. He knows how to interview somebody. He knows how to get a story out of someone. As always, with any of these things, we’re never doing a direct adaptation of a specific comic book. We cherry pick the best parts and things that we love. So, there’s a little bit of the Christopher Reeve Superman in there, a healthy dose of the Superman animated series, which we’re huge fans of, a little bit of Lois & Clark, a little George Reeves, and a little Super Friends. And as far as finding the right guy, as soon as we said we were going to do Superman, Greg [Berlanti] mentioned Tyler [Hoechlin]. We’ve been fans of his for years, and when we sat down with him, he is Superman. Not just with the looks, but he’s such a good guy, such a nice guy, and he’s so open and forthright and brimming with life. You just feel better when you’re around him, which I think is part of the secret of Superman. He is that ideal, but not in an unattainable way. Superman should make you feel like you can do anything, even though he’s the one that can do anything. And Tyler just had all that in spades. So, it was less a question of us reaching out. It was more a question of hoping he would say yes. After Tyler, I’m not sure what we would have done.
Filming has begun in Canada for episode three today! This is a landmark episode because former Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter is set to play the President of the United States. The website yvrshoots.com is sharing some photos of the events going on up there right now. We can see Chyler Leigh's stunt double along with Lynda Carter's stunt double. More so there is a mysterious woman with red hair and a red suit. We believe we know who this is but want to flag possible SPOILERS ahead:
Episode 3 is likely titled "Roulette" and features DC's character Roulette. Roulette runs an underground fighting ring where she forces aliens and meta-humans to fight for the enjoyment of the rich and famous. Also, POTUS will be making a major announcement about new legislation coming to pass. It is the "Alien Registration Act" that allows for aliens from other worlds to gain rights as long as they live by certain rules and identify themselves to the government. This, of course, could cause backlash which is where we believe the woman in red comes in. This is likely Scorcher, a woman with the power of fire. She may be an agent of Roulette's to disrupt the Alien Registration Act. This will leave the D.E.O. and Supergirl with quite the mess to clean up and an illegal fighting ring to shut down.
As always, these elements are possible to change and we can't report them as fact but our evidence is good and we believe this is what to expect for episode 3. Either way, you can check out the photos below.
Its new comic book Wednesday! Today is a special Wednesday too! Supergirl is returning to the comic shelves in the Rebirth universe. Steve Orlando is now at the helm of the new Supergirl book which feels highly influenced by the show we all love. There are some similarities we would like to call out here but if you are looking to read Supergirl Rebirth yourself, consider the following a spoiler:
- Supergirl's uniform takes a lot from the show's suit, which in turn, takes a lot from classic Supergirl uniforms.
- Supergirl works at the D.E.O. which is headed up by Director Chase, who we met in season 1 but she was with the FBI at the time.
- Supergirl has adoptive parents named Jeremiah and Eliza Danvers, but they have been assigned to her through Director Chase.
- Eliza and Jeremiah work for the D.E.O. as well.
There are some items that are missing from the show but we hope they might show up in the future:
- Alex Danvers (who would be 17 years old or so, since Kara is 16 in the comics) is sadly missing.
- We've heard Cat Grant will return but she was not in this issue.
- No, Winn, James, or J'onn, at least in the way we know them.
Overall, we really enjoyed the issue and made a point to get the Adam Hughes variant cover. The tone of the entire DC Rebirth event has been noted to be more bright and Supergirl Rebirth certainly fell into that category. We don't want to spoil the story for you so we'll cut our review off here. But before we go, we want to remind you that Sterling Gate's original Supergirl run is also available again in printed collections. Even if you have or haven't read Adventures of Supergirl, we still highly recommend Gate's original Supergirl stories. They laid some of the groundwork for the show we know today. Helen Slater even wrote an intro in one of them.
Ok Superman history buffs, this one is a throwback to the 90's! In Kevin Smith's podcast, Fatman on Batman, Smith talked about the opportunity he has to direct Supergirl and shared what Andrew Kreisberg told him about his episode, the title. Now this could be subject to change but Kreisberg said the title is "Supergirl Lives". This is a direct allusion to Kevin Smith's Superman movie script, "Superman Lives". Tim Burton was attached to the project at the time but the project fell apart due to some extremely odd requests from Jon Peters. If you haven't seen Kevin Smith's story about the film (which is hilarious) you can see it here. Either way, if the title is truly "Supergirl Lives", then our minds are racing to what it could be about!
Here comes the news! Whew, the TCA event for the CW's hero shows wasn't without some amazing new information! The first of which is a question everyone has been asking since former Glee-stars, Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin took their title roles, will there be a musical episode? Yes, well actually two! The new Arrow-Supergirl universe is planning musical-themed episodes in the second half of the season! This will be a second Flash Supergirl crossover and includes on episode of Supergirl and one of Flash!
The next big confirmation from the TCAs was that Chris Wood is in fact, Mon-El as we all expected! The famous Daxamite is known to fill in for Superman from time to time with nearly identical powers. Unfortunately Mon-El's ultimate weakness is the common element, lead.
Moving on, a character on the show (yet to be named) will explore their sexuality during the season. Could it be Alex? We don't know yet.
When Kevin Smith directed an episode of the Flash, fans were overwhelmed with the awesome job he did. Kevin was quoted stating his interest in directing a Supergirl episode back then as well. Well now he will get his chance! Kevin is going to be directing an episode this season!
Finally, we've been introduced to White Martians before and that indication instantly lead to speculations that Ms. Martian could appear. Well speculate no-more, not only is she going to be on the show, she's already been cast! Sharon Leal is taking the role and we couldn't be more excited!
In non-plot-related news, CW's president, Mark Pedowitz, suggested that Supergirl would probably become The CW's number 1 or 2 show this year. With the accompanying audience the show had at CBS, this expectation is easy to achieve! Supergirl's lowest viewership episode was higher than any other viewed Superhero show last year.