Superman arrives, but its Supergirl who will always save the day.
Superman is officially a part of the Supergirl series (though not on a full time basis), and thankfully his presence (both welcomed and entertaining) did not overshadow the show’s main hero.
We’re going to go ahead and assume that when The CW purchased Supergirl from CBS, the production team were given two main objectives from their new bosses – impress season one fans and more importantly, hook in new viewers.
What’s the easiest way to attract an audience most of which are already watching The CW’s other DC comic-based shows, Arrow, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow? Bring in the DC hero almost everyone loves (or at least knows), Superman.
Even I, who loved Supergirl’s first season, was swept away in the hype around Tyler Hoechlin’s casting as the Man of Steel, so-much-so that I couldn’t wait to ask him about it at Supanova earlier this year.
But behind all the enthusiasm was a deep concern, that one of the few comic shows centered around a female hero would fall under Superman’s strength (and popularity) to become another male dominated series.
That Clark Kent’s arrival would crush the one thing we love most about the show, its subtle yet effective female empowerment through a line-up of strong female characters.
Thankfully, it didn’t.
Hoechlin’s Superman flew into the show and respectfully landed alongside his Super cousin, where so far, they’ve worked in unison on the field (saving people’s lives) and personally (as family should).
Where he was recognised for saving the day, she was praised for saving the city and where he demonstrated experience on Earth and as a superhero, Kara had the one thing Clark couldn’t find in anyone or anywhere else in the world, his past.
He can guide her on her Earth, while she feeds him stories of his parents, Krypton and changing his diapers (how adorable was that comment, I just love Melissa Benoist as Kara).
It was also nice to see Superman smiling again… I couldn’t have been the only one to miss that.
As much as I love Henry Cavill’s big screen version of Superman, a part of me was incredibly relieved to see Hoechlin take the happy and wholesome Christopher Reeves approach to the iconic character and maintain the light, chipper tone of the Supergirl series.
Fittingly, Superman’s arrival into National City was accompanied by the introduction of a Luthor… Lena Luthor who is running the family business while her brother Lex spends the next 80-something years in prison.
She seems harmless so far, and might come in handy when the time comes to defeat the show’s new villain, Metallo.
Another major highlight for the season premiere was seeing Calista Flockhart return as the feisty Cat Grant.
Fans were initially concerned the show’s move from Los Angeles to Vancouver would have reduced her on-screen time, but the scenes she did make an appearance in were packed with the Cat Grant, power, wit and determination we (even Kara) fell in love with during season one.