By Jim Halterman – Variety – 07.23.16
Besides racing to a second season and making the move from CBS to the CW, “Supergirl” presented the iconic character of Superman at Comic-Con in the form of actor Tyler Hoechlin at their panel on Saturday.
Season two filming hasn’t started yet but executive producer Sarah Schechter started the panel by talking about the move to the CW where “The Flash,” “Arrow” and “Legends of Tomorrow” also air. “We’re so grateful to CBS for launching the show, for putting Melissa on buildings all over the world and for all their support,” she said. “We obviously do so much with the CW so there’s a real shorthand there. If you say metahuman they know what you’re talking about.”
While there were musings about the previously announced epic crossover between the four DC series, Schechter gave no indication about what that might look like but did say, “We’re super excited for the crossover of all four shows.” Besides Schechter and Hoechlin, cast members on the panel were Melissa Benoist (Kara), Mehcad Brooks (James), Jeremy Jordan (Winn), Chyler Leigh (Alex) and David Harewood (Hank).
Schechter also explained why it was time to bring Superman (who we only saw in silhouette or quick flashes previously) into the series in year two. “To be honest, in season one that show was about Cara 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 Cara reconnect with him.”
Hoechlin, best known for his time on MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” said that his experience so far has been surreal. “I know the character represents so much to so many people,” he said. “There’s a responsibility to that character so that’s something that I take on with great pride and I’m just excited what we can do with that character and this great world [they] created in the first season. I’m really excited.” Hoechlin also said that he has yet to try on the infamous Superman suit.
Knowing that Superman may have a different way of approaching fighting evil than his cousin did in season one, watch for some conflict in the new season. “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.”
Of some of the story threads left from the season one finale, it appeared that Kara and James were finally going to a place of romance. Brooks teased, “It’s a workplace relationship, it’s a new relationship so it’s going to have ups and downs and tumultuous things but she’s still finding out who she is as a woman and I’m finding out who I am and that might get in the way a little bit.”
There are also new characters coming, including previously announced Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima) who Schechter said will be as “bad ass” as the other women on the show. Actor Ian Gomez, as newsman Snapper Carr, would not be a fan of Kara’s or Supergirl’s. Along with Lynda Carter appearing as the President of the United States, Schechter did reveal that Chris Wood plays the mystery character that Kara found in the pod in the season finale.
“Supergirl” premieres season two on October 10 on at 8pm on The CW.