In the trailer for next week's episode of Supergirl, titled "Human For a Day," the heroine finds herself without her powers -- but still yearning to do the right thing.
That's not an unfamiliar feeling to her famous cousin, especially in the post-Flashpoint DC Universe, where he has spent a lot of his time powerless.
His current status quo involves fluctuating power levels brought on by a new power: a "super flare," which allows him to expel all of his stored-up solar energy and leaves him without powers for about a day. At the start of that storyline, writer Geoff Johns and artist John Romita, Jr., wrote a story that helped shape the post-Flashpoint Superman's relationship with Jimmy Olsen...and a scene from which seems to be recreated in the next episode of Supergirl.
In the comics, a powerless Clark and Jimmy are walking around Metropolis, Superman having just revealed his identity to Olsen, when they happen on a robbery in progress. Changing into his costume, Superman stands before the gunman and talks him down.
When Jimmy is shocked, reminding Clark how dangerous that was since he had no powers, Clark responds by asking his friend, "You think I only step in front of guns because I'm bulletproof?"
In case there was any question that the scene depicted in the trailer -- which features Supergirl standing down a gunman in similar fashion -- is a nod to the Johns/Romita run, it's worth remembering that showrunner Andrew Kreisberg recently teased in an interview that an Easter egg from Johns and Romita's "Men of Tomorrow" run was coming.
"Geoff being such a good friend of mine, I always try to sit down and read anything that he wrote, and I was really digging on his Superman run that he did with John Romita, Jr., who's one of my favorite illustrators," Kreisberg told me. "So I really loved the whole 'Men of Tomorrow' run. I thought that was a great storyline and there's a little shout-out in an upcoming episode to one of the themes in that run."
Check out the "Human For A Day" trailer in the video below.
Kara and her friends must rely on their inner strength and courage when an earthquake strikes National City. Also, Alex’s mistrust of Hank reaches a breaking point when the earthquake traps them in the DEO with Jemm (Charles Halford), a powerful alien escapee.
The episode was directed by Larry Teng and written by Yahlin Chang and Ted Sullivan.
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“Human For a Day” episode of Supergirl will air Monday, December 7 at 8PM on CBS.