For those who haven’t been paying attention, DC has been creating a pretty engrossing TV universe over on the CW network. They’ve got The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, and Supergirl. All of the characters are played by actors independent of the characters in the film. (For instance, The Flash‘s Flash is played by Grant Gustin, while the major motion picture’s Flash will be played by Ezra Miller.) It’s just been announced that Superman will make an appearance in the next season of Supergirl, and also that he won’t be played by Henry Cavill, much to the disappointment of — nobody?
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Superman (Clark) — who is Supergirl’s (Kara’s) cousin, duh — will first be seen in the beginning of the season, just hanging out and relaxing with her in National City, as two superhero cousins do, you know? The show’s executive producer, Andrew Kreisberg, said, “Superman will be appearing in the first two episodes of the new season and we cannot wait to see who next dons the red cape!” Exclamation point and all.
This news — that Cavill will not be playing the TV superman — is not surprising, given the history of the television shows’ casting, and the way DC has kept the TV and film universes separate, just like the universes of the comic books. But it still must be nice for fans of the comics to see that they’ve got some fun available on TV, seeing as the films were all so super-serious.
The second season of Supergirl will premiere this fall on the CW. You can find out who dons the red cape then, even though Supergirl is already wearing one, and has done a fine job of defending the world by herself.