(Disclaimer: Spoilers for Supergirl Season 2 Episode 16 below. Continue at your own risk)
Supergirl has been thriving at The CW, and continues to represent Superman's ideals of Truth, Justice, and the American Way. For the most part, Supergirl has been the representation of Superman that many fans wanted in the DCEU, but instead they went with a darker, more modern version of the last son of Krypton.
Thanks to the DC multiverse, we can have separate versions of our favorite DC characters on TV and film that act completely independent of each other. Just because the #DCEU and the #Arrowverse are separate doesn’t mean that the two can’t pay homage to one another or even influence each other from time to time. As we learned recently in Season 2 of #Supergirl, sometimes the two can bleed into each other, in not-so-subtle ways.
The Daxomites Demand Mon-El
In the opening of Supergirl's 16th episode from Season 2, titled “Star-Crossed”, Kara and Mon-El were being adorable as usual, observing the millennial birthright of “Netflix & chilling”. Sadly, their canoodling is cut short by a broadcast from an unknown alien threat. This message interrupts all other transmissions in National City, and simultaneously appears on every screen and monitor available.
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As the television screens turn to static, the message demands the release of Mon-El from his 'captors'. The voice over the broadcast gives earth an ultimatum, explaining that he must be relinquished by dawn or the aliens will take him by force. Later, we find out that the demand was made by none other than Mon-El’s parents: The Crowned King and Queen of Daxom. This confirms the fan theory that Mon-El was the former Prince of Daxom, and Kara is not happy about this at all.
As the plot moved forward, something about this broadcast stuck with me. I knew I had seen it before, and it was used in almost the exact same manner. Not only is this familiar ground, but it was also used in a DCEU film, which can’t be a coincidence.
The Kryptonians Demand Kal-El
The Daxomites method to flush out Mon-El is identical to the tactic General Zod used to capture Kal-El in #ManOfSteel. They both used some sort of device to communicate through the TV’s, one that made static appear on the screens, and basically used the same message. This threat also demanded that a person be brought to them, and if the people of Earth did not comply, they would be forced to attack.
The Kryptonian message was far more frightening... However, they had the benefit of nominating Oscar Nominated actor Michael Shannon as their representative. The Kryptonians also broadcasted their message worldwide in every different language, while the Daxomites knew Mon-El’s proximity, so they only spoke to the residents ofNational City.
Arrowverse And The DCEU
The nature of the Daxomites message is a clear nod to Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. It’s an intelligent way for Supergirl to acknowledge the DCEU, and it’s just subtle enough to slip by audiences that weren't paying attention. This homage also makes sense logically as well, because the proximity of Daxom and Krypton means that the two planets might share similar technologies, much like countries do on Earth.
Arrowverse shows such as The Flash and Supergirl have never been shy about acknowledging previous iterations of the characters. We’ve already seen John Wesley Shipp (former Flash) and Helen Slater (former Supergirl) brought on to the shows as a way to honor those who came before, but to our knowledge, this is the first time that we've seen such a connection between the Arrowverse and DCEU.
Check out this clip for The Flash/Supergirl musical crossover below:
Although it's a small reference, this homage to Man of Steel could represent a whole new beginning, where the two separate universes start to acknowledge each other more and more. While we don’t expect to see any DCEU characters appear in the Arrowverse any time soon, it's nice to know that The CW can make tiny connections to the DCEU once in awhile. Make sure to catch Supergirl on Mondays 8PM/ET on The CW.
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