Supergirl Will Address Superman's Popularity This Season

As Supergirl flies to The CW for its second season, it’s bringing with it a ton of excitement. That excitement includes introducing Kara’s famous cousin, The Man of Steel. But that’s also something that has some fans worried.
Given that this is Supergirl’s story, as the show title so clearly indicates, bringing in perhaps the world’s most famous superhero to make a cameo had some worried that Superman would take the attention away from our Girl of Steel.
But that’s something that the show plans to tackle head-on. And don’t worry, according to executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, this is still and always will be Kara’s show.
“When Supergirl and Superman walk into the room, everyone gets really quiet about him,” Kreisberg told IGN. “And her reaction is, “Oh, please…” We sort of liken it to if your brother was a famous rock star, or a famous movie star, all you remember is a lifetime of growing up and fighting over who’s sitting in the backseat, and sharing a bathroom, and he pulled my hair. And then you go to a restaurant, and people are sending him drinks, like, ‘Oh, right this way…’ and that’s sort of Kara’s interaction. People have asked us how do you make sure that Superman doesn’t overwhelm the lead of your show? Rather than shy away from that, we’re embracing it. It’s kind of the idea like, yeah, he is more popular than she is. How does she deal with that? That’s our take on that dynamic that’s between them.”
The show’s producers were careful of introducing Superman into Supergirl too early given that Kara needed to establish herself on her own. But given that Kara has firmly established herself as National City’s hero — and given that she and Superman are family — this is something that is a part of her story, which means it definitely belongs.
“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 told IGN. “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. It becomes about deepening the characters’ relationships, not “Well, Arrow couldn’t do it alone!” or “Flash couldn’t do it alone!” So that’s why it felt right.”
Supergirl season 2 premieres Monday, Oct. 10 at 8/7c on The CW.

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