Supergirl Season 2 has given us many delights thus far, but perhaps the most significant was the exhilarating first appearance of Superman in the Arrowverse. Tyler Hoechlin stepped into the role and captured the essence of not only Superman, but of his alter ego Clark Kent. He was such a hit, in fact, that fans began to call for a spin-off revolving around "The Man of Steel" himself.
Check out a clip of Superman on Supergirl:
Tyler Hoechlin portrayed #Superman the way most of us envisioned him when we were kids. He had the charm and confidence that Christopher Reeves brought to the character, but with more modern sensibilities; it's easy to see why fans were drawn to his portrayal of Superman in their droves. Given the fan response, and the fact that he is the first major Justice League member to appear since Barry Allen, it seemed that Superman's future looked bright in the Arrowverse. But, as it turns out, Superman's future is not as secure as many suspected.
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Only Room For One Kryptonian
Geoff Johns recently took to Twitter to divulge that a new DCTV show would be announced for 2017. Naturally, fan speculation was rife, with many predicting that the new show would be a new Superman show starring Tyler Hoechlin. As it turns out, we will not be getting a Superman spin-off — in fact, we won't even be getting another glimpse of Superman on #Supergirl in the near future.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the president of The CW, Mark Pedowitz, had this to say regarding everyone's favorite "Big Blue Boy Scout":
Tyler did a great job. There’s no plan to do a series, though. There are no plans at the moment for him to return [to Supergirl].
This comment seems to put the kibosh on the whole theory of a Superman spin-off, let alone the idea of him having a larger role in the #Arrowverse. This news — coupled with the announcement of Constantine coming to the CW Seed — also seems to tie up the loose ends of the mystery of the new #DCTV show. But, does The CW really have no plans for Superman?
Taken With A Grain Of Salt
Given the warm fan response, it seems almost impossible to believe The CW aren't keeping there options open for Superman. On one hand, The CW has created a massive universe of characters that span over four shows, and they all have to work as one cohesive unit. So, it makes sense if certain things fall through the cracks and certain heroes get placed on the back burner. However, this isn't just some random character, this is the first superhero ever — and one of the most iconic and beloved heroes of all time.
Thus, it wouldn't be a huge surprise Mr. Pedowitz comment isn't 100% factual, and The CW is just waiting for the right time for Superman to make his return.
At the end of the day, we don't actually need a Superman show that takes place in the Arrowverse. Sure, it would be awesome — and it could open the door for a certain "Caped Crusader" to make his way to the universe — but we already have Supergirl (which is kicking a whole lot of ass). Part of the joy of Superman's appearance in The CW was his dynamic with Supergirl; perhaps, for now, Superman making cameos on Supergirl is a shrewd move.
Maybe one day, as the Arrowverse matures and expands, we will see Superman front-and-center in his own show. Until then, we can sit back and enjoy the amazing superhero television that The CW continues to provide, with or without the Man of Steel. The Arrowverse is currently on its mid-season hiatus, but it will return starting with Supergirl on January 24th, 8PM/ET on The CW!
Do you think that Superman should get his own show set in the Arrowverse?
(Source- Entertainment Weekly)