Superman fans around the globe were left scratching their heads when news that Tyler Hoechlin had been cast as the Man of Steel in season 2 of Supergirl, due to the rumours that DC characters from the feature films were taboo and off limits to their television counterparts. Recently, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed exactly what it took to sell their vision of the iconic character to Warner Bros. and DC.
In an interview with IGN, Kreisberg revealed,“I think people would love to hear that we had to promise our children and there was a blood rite, and a goat was sacrificed, but the truth is we’re all partners, and we all want what’s best and so it really wasn’t a tough sell. We had our plan, and we presented it to Warner Bros. and to DC and they were totally supportive of it. It was more once they actually said yes, it was like, ‘Oh crap, now we have to do Superman!’ We have to find the right actor, and we have to write the best scripts. We have to make the suit. That was the stuff that gave us [headaches]. Actually pulling it off. But behind the scenes, everybody at Warner Bros. and DC and the CW, we’re all growing in the same direction.”
Kreisberg and the creative team wanted the Man of Steel’s introduction to be done right. They didn’t want Superman’s appearance to appear as a stunt to pull in viewers to the new network or an obvious choice in any way. And least of all, they certainly didn’t want it to make the Supergirl character to seem weak or incapable. “I think we’ve spent a year establishing her, and the year ended triumphantly with her saving the world, so there wasn’t any sort of doubt that Supergirl couldn’t do it on her own,” Kreisberg explained. “It felt like you weren’t bringing him in to save the day. It was bringing him in the same way that the crossovers with Flash and the Arrow … it becomes about a partnership.”
What does the future hold for the Man of Steel on the CW? “That’s going to be up to Warner Bros., DC and the audience, quite frankly,” Kreisberg admitted. “If it turns out as well as we hope, and the audience responds, then we’ll see what happens down the road.”
If they pull this off successfully, Superman could be soaring into our living rooms on the CW every week. Kreisberg and the other producers could have played it safe and continued to tease us with glimpses of Superman in the shadows or in flashback sequences. But they chose to pull out all of the stops and to go for it.
I for one hope it goes well and am looking forward to Superman’s appearance and am curious to see the onscreen chemistry between the two Superheroes .
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