Here’s why you won’t be seeing Superman in Supergirl…

Superman may be taking a backseat in the new CBS drama, but it will feature a string of DC Comics' characters...

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It is a bird?! Is it a plane?! No, it’s… oh wait, no, it is just a bird. Nevermind. 

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Yep, when Supergirl airs later this year, don’t expect to see Superman – her more famous cousin – to be flying by for an appearance. Instead, as suggested by the show’s trailer, the Man of Steel will be alluded to, but won’t play an active role in the adventures of Kara Zor-El. 

Speaking on a panel at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour, Chief Creative Officer at DC Comics, Geoff Johns, explained that, “He will be a back-burnered life. You won’t see him exactly on screen. You will see him in the background, but he does play a part in her evolution of becoming a superhero.”

This makes sense, really. You don’t want to launch Supergirl only to overshadow her with special guest appearances. Plus, it’s not entirely clear whether Supergirl is set in the same universe as Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which have very different tones. It’s possible that CBS will establish its own continuity, eventually casting a whole new Superman down the line. Or, of course, Supergirl could do sensationally well, leading to a cameo from Henry Cavill. Who knows? At this stage, it’s worth keeping the options open. 

However, the producers behind Supergirl did announce that other characters from the DC Comics universe will be popping up, with co-creator/executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealing the likes of Red Tornado, Non and Lucy Lane’s father and General Sam Lane will be introduced during the first nine episodes of the series.

DC Comics have enjoyed recent success on the small screen with the CW Network’s Arrow and The Flash, which are due to crossover with spin-off series Legends of Tomorrow next year. Don’t hold your breath for a cross-network crossover with Supergirl, though. 

According to CBS Chairman Nina Tassler, “We have not had conversations about the crossovers, but we are doing crossover promotions, so we will see that with the promotion crossovers, but not in terms of the characters.”

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Supergirl will air on CBS in October 

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