There was a lot of speculation about whether Supergirl would be renewed by CBS. But Supergirl will indeed be returning for its second season — but with a twist. The show will be making its jump from CBS Network to The CW Network when it returns this fall. This means that Supergirl will be joining already established DC TV Universe (Arrow, The Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow) over at The CW Network. But it seems like Supergirl and Martian Manhunter won't be the only superheroes we'll get to see in National City when they move to The CW, as they'll be joined by Superman himself.
A month back, I wrote an article discussing the possibilty of ever getting to see Superman show up on Supergirl. Superman has made a couple of appearances on the show. But all that we got to see was his back and his boots. The chances of seeing Superman's face ever on the show looked sleek a month ago. But since then Supergirl has moved on to The CW Network and Geoff Johns has been appointed as the Head of DC Films.
With the appointment of Geoff Johns as the new Head of DC Films, there's been a sense of optimism among the lovers of DC's TV shows. The big guys over at Warner Bros. didn't let the shows use major DC characters and on a number of ocassions forced the shows to kill off some of the existing major characters on the shows. But Geoff Johns, who has worked closely with all the shows, hasn't let down the fans. Superman will finally show his face when Supergirl returns with its second season. Could this be the first step towards bringing major DC characters to the Flarrowverse?
One of the Executive Producers of Supergirl, Andrew Kreisberg, had this to say regarding the impending arrival of Superman on the show:
"Greg, Ali and I are beyond thrilled to welcome Clark Kent and his slightly-more-famous alter ego to the world of Supergirl. Superman will be appearing in the first two episodes of the new season and we cannot wait to see who next dons the red cape!"
Now that we have confirmation that Superman is coming over to National City, let's get down to casting. Everyone has their own opinion about which actor should play Superman in the Flarrowverse. Most people want to see Tom Welling reprise his role of Clark Kent from The CW's Superman prequel, Smallville. I don't blame them. Tom Welling did a brilliant job playing Clark Kent on the show and he's definitely one of the front runners for the role.
On the other hand, some want to see Matt Bomer become TV's Man of Steel. Matt Bomer was the voice of Superman in 2013's Superman: Unbound and he has also appeared as Superman in a Japanese commercial for Toyota. He was a fan-favourite to play Superman in Man of Steel as well, before Henry Cavill swooped in and grabbed the role. But last year, in an interview with Happy Sad Confused Podcast, Bomer revealed that he was very close to playing Superman on screen back in 2002 with J.J. Abrams on writing duties and Brett Ratner as the director. But the movie got scrapped entirely and we got Brandon Routh as Superman, four years later, in 2006's Superman Returns. But if the producers of the show decide that they want Bomer, he will grab the oppurtunity with both hands and won't let it slip away this time around.
The other actor that the fans would absolutely love to see don the red cape is The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder. Everyone has already written articles on why Tom Welling or Matt Bomer should play Superman on Supergirl. So, I decided to go ahead and make a case for Ian Somerhalder.
8 Reasons Why Ian Somerhalder as Superman Would Make Perfect Sense:
1. He's Got Some Serious Acting Skills and Experience
Ian Somerhalder knows how to act and he has proved that time and time again. To play a role as big as Superman you would need a proven TV actor. Ian Somerhalder fits the bill. Ian Somerhalder is a seasoned actor and has worked on two major shows — LOST and The Vampire Diaries. The roles that he played on the two shows are completely different from each other and it shows that he can adapt into any role and make the character his own.
2. He's Got The Looks
Dark hair and a perfect jawline is what you need to be Superman. Ian Somerhalder has both. Millions of girls across the world, who were left heartbroken when Ian married Nikki Reed, would come charging at you if you say that Ian Somerhalder is not attractive enough. So, choose your words carefully in the comments section. I won't take the blame if anything happens to you. Also, how can you get more women to watch this female led superhero show? Simple! Just bring over Ian Somerhalder to the show.
3. The CW Network Loves Him
For the past seven years, Ian Somerhalder has been the pillar of strength for The Vampire Diaries and The CW. By the time the first season for The Vampire Diaries aired, Ian Somerhalder had already made a name for himself and was one of the reasons why TV rating for the show were high from the very beginning. After a disastrous sixth season and the departure of Nina Dobrev from the show, everyone expected the rating to go down drastically for season 7. But the mere presence of Ian Somerhalder didn't let that happen. The CW Network loves him for that and has decided to renew The Vampire Diaries for an eighth season. It is safe to assume that when Ian decides hang up his fangs, The CW will decide to cancel the show.
4. The Vampire Diaries Could End Soon
As of now, we know that Superman is set to be a part of the first couple of episodes of Supergirl. He'll probably appear a couple of times after that at most, throughout the season. Although he would be busy filming for The Vampire Diaries, he could definitely take some time off and go visit National City for three or four episodes. He appeared for the final season of LOST, while filming the second season of The Vampire Diaries. So, he can totally do it again. Patrick J. Adams will play the role of Hourman for an entire season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, after filming an entire season of Suits. So, if he can do it, why can't Ian? There have been rumours that the eighth season of The Vampire Diaries could be its last. This means that Ian Somerhalder would be available to make more appearances on Supergirl season 3 onwards.
5. DC and Warner Bros. Trust Him
Warner Bros. is the parent studio for The Vampire Diaries and like The CW Network, they have also recognized his contribution to the success of the show. But we got proof of how much Warner Bros. and DC Comics trusts him during last year's San Diego Comic-Con. Ian Somerhalder was entrusted with the job of hosting the entire DC-Warner Bros. TV panel. Could it have been his first step towards becoming Superman on TV?
6. The Huge Fan Base
Both Ian Somerhalder and The Vampire Diaries have a huge fan base. If The CW managed to acquire Ian, the Friday night viewers of The CW wouldn't mind switching on their televisions for Ian on Mondays as well. The one thing that Supergirl lacked during season one was ratings. If the entire fan base of The Vampire Diaries start watching Supergirl, TV ratings won't be an headache anymore for the producers, the network and the studio.
7. The CW, Warner Bros. and DC Owe Him One
Supergirl already has an ex-vampire in their midst. Peter Facinelli, who's seen as Maxwell Lord on Supergirl, played the role of Edward's father, Carlisle Cullen in the Twilight series. But Supergirl had also a former Smallville actor guest star in a couple of episiodes. Laura Vandervoort, who played Supergirl in Smallville, appeared on Supergirl as Indigo. However, Ian Somerhalder has done it both. Ian appeared on Smallville for a few episodes as Adam Knight. He was supposed to play a young Bruce Wayne on the show. But Cristopher Nolan wanted Batman to remain exclusive to the movie (Batman Begins) that he was developing at that time. So, the writers quickly changed his character to Adam Knight. In an interview back in 2004, this is what he had to say:
"It’s cold up here and the producers really kind of screwed me up by switching my story line after I had shot three episodes thinking that I was one thing, when in fact I was another."
Warner Bros., DC and The CW Network robbed him off an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of playing Bruce Wayne. Could they rectify their mistake by making him Superman?
8. He's Got a Great Chemistry with Melissa Benoist
Melissa Benoist and Ian Somerhalder have about the same age difference as Supergirl and Superman on the show. Even Tom Welling and Matt Bomer are about the right age to be Superman to Melissa Benoist's Supergirl. But most of the actors I've seen on everyone's wishlist are not of the right age to play Kara's cousin. Among the actors who are in the running to play Superman, Ian Somerhalder has an added advantage. He has got a chemistry with Melissa Benoist. Don't believe us? Skip right to the very end of this video down below, and you'll see!
Ian Somerhalder is an incredible actor and him being a part of Supergirl would be a boost for the show. Ian might just be the stepping stone for the show to succeed in the longrun.