Supergirl completes its epic transition to the CW network this season. Our Scott Place is here to explain why we should all be very excited.
Supergirl: 4 Reasons To Be Excited For Season 2
On October 10th, Kara Danvers begins her crime-fighting career on the CW in the second season of Supergirl. But why should lapsed fans give Supergirl another chance after an uneven first season? And why should those who are up to date with the Girl of Steel’s adventures be even more excited for the upcoming season?
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Here I will break down why you should mark October 10th off on your calendar to prepare for what should be an action-packed season of one of the most exciting comic book shows on TV!
New Characters And Threats
Supergirl Season 1 proved that it could delve into the Superman and wider-DC mythos to great success. This could be seen in the use of villains such as Reactron and Toyman; adaptations of classic Superman stories (See episode 13, For the Girl Who has Everything) and the use of pivotal DC characters, most notably Martian Manhunter.
Season 2 looks to further enhance all of these elements through introducing a wealth of new characters, which could hugely enrich Supergirl‘s world. For example, the upcoming introduction of Miss Martian (played by Sharon Leal) could serve to show the best of what Supergirl does through intertwining the crazy source material with intense personal drama. This is always hugely aided by the stellar cast whose incredible talent allowed Season One to shine on an emotional level. In fact the Martian Manhunter himself, David Harewood, is already praising his new co-star for her performance!
Other characters set to appear include Mon-El, Lena Luthor and Metallo. Furthermore, the upcoming Cadmus plot and possible link to the Legion of Superheroes should cause even those unfamiliar with the source material to greatly anticipate the upcoming season!
Of course, Supergirl has a far greater challenge this season with the introduction of the Man of Tomorrow himself.
To many, Supergirl’s treatment of Superman in Season One was unsatisfactory and became quite tired. While distancing the show from Superman initially made sense as the focus needed to be firmly on Kara and not her more famous cousin, Season 2 does not need this restriction. The introduction of Kal-El will allow the show to tackle the Kryptonian-in-the-room and the creation of a friendship between Kara and an on-screen Superman will be perfect for the show. It will also further one of Supergirl’s most compelling themes of Kara’s alienness and the loneliness that this entails. Clark’s presumably similar experiences will give Kara a family member who understands her, which according to Chyler Leigh (who plays Alex Danvers) might cause some tension between Supergirl and her earth family.
Regardless of your opinion of Superman’s introduction, we can all be happy in knowing that Supergirl fully understands the reasons why he is the world’s most iconic and beloved hero. The first season’s portrayal of the optimism of the Superman idea was a perfect remedy in our post-BvS world and so all should have hope that Supergirl will be able to give the Last Son of Krypton the justice he deserves.
The New Network
Of course, one of the biggest changes for Supergirl this season is it’s move from CBS to the CW, where all the other DC superhero shows currently reside. Now this would not initially seem important to the overall show but don’t be surprised if it results in a tangible change, as production moves from LA to Vancouver and it adopts a tone more natural to the CW.
As the home of DC superhero shows, the CW seems to be a more natural place for Supergirl. In fact, Melissa Benoist has said that the CW is a more ‘logical fit’‘ for the show, likely due to its familiarity with the genre and the younger focus of the channel. This move does have its drawbacks however, notably as the move in production has caused Calista Flockhart (who plays Cat Grant) to stop her role as a series regular. This is slightly disappointing as Flockhart was one of the strongest characters in season one, however this may end up being a good change to Kara’s civilian life as she has to adapt to a new boss and working situation. Overall, the network move promises much in allowing Supergirl to flourish.
Of course, the main perk of the network change is that the move to Vancouver is allowing the four-part super crossover between Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. Up until the middle of the first season, Supergirl’s position in the wider CW-verse was uncertain, as the different networks and filming locations made crossovers difficult. However, now Supergirl can cross over with any of the CW shows which should lead to some really fun and interesting stories in the future. As of the writing of this post, only the four part crossover and the musical episodes with the Flash have been announced but if these are successful, we can fully expect more crossovers in the future. Perhaps Kara could go to Krypton with the crew of Legends of Tomorrow or we could see an Arrow crossover, perhaps with the Black Canary of Supergirl’s world?
Overall, the potential for future crossovers is hugely promising for Supergirl and the CW-verse and it will be hugely interesting to see how these characters develop and interact over time.
But what do you think?
Who are you most excited about appearing in Season Two?
How do you feel about Superman’s introduction in Supergirl?
What do you want to see in the crossovers with other shows?
Sound off in the comments down below!
Scott Place is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter: @ScottReads