Superman is back on Supergirl -- but don't expect him to steal the spotlight when the Maid of Might heads into the final few episodes of her season.
During a recent interview with ComicBook.com, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said that while Superman and General Zod are characters that loom large in popular culture, bringing them onto Supergirl is designed to enhance the story they're already telling with Kara Zor-El, not overshadow it.
"The show is called Supergirl. Everything, every character, no matter who it is, is there to service Supergirl and Kara," Kreisberg said. "I don't think any of us has ever really worried about him coming in and overpowering her or overshadowing her, especially the Superman that we've embraced for ourselves. And that's sort of the best part of getting to play with these characters. You get to do your own interpretation. Like with any of these characters, no matter who it is, there's been a Superman before us and they'll be a Superman after us. We just kind of get to do our own leg of the journey."
Part of it, it seems, is simply a character thing. The way the show has decided to approach Superman is to make him a seasoned, beloved hero who has nothing to lose and would rather inspire others like him than be the guy getting all the credit.
"Our Superman...he's a little bit older. He's been doing it for a long time," Kreisberg explained. "So, he's kind of settled in. Since Kara is the one who's the newer hero and trying to figure things out, she is the more interesting character. So, he's there to support her. I don't really think we ever really worry that he's going to overshadow her, or his mythology is going to overshadow hers. The show just isn't really structured that way."
The Man of Steel will be along in just a few weeks, but tonight will see Kara strugging with a different kind of family dynamic, as her adopted sister Alex is kidnapped and held in a deathtrap.
Alex (Chyler Leigh) is kidnapped and the kidnapper threatens to kill her unless Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) releases a notorious criminal from prison. Supergirl and Maggie (Floriana Lima) have always had different approaches to apprehending criminals but this time they must work together to save Alex. Meanwhile, Rhea (guest star Teri Hatcher) has an interesting proposal for Lena (Katie McGrath). Rob Greenlea directed the episode written by Eric Carrasco & Greg Baldwin.
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. "Alex" debuts tonight.
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