‘Supergirl’ Won’t ‘Exactly’ Get Onscreen Visits From Superman: ‘More in the Background’

TCA 2015: DC Comics Chief Creative Officer tells reporters that Man of Steel “will be a factor in her life”

Last Updated: August 10, 2015 @ 10:55 AM

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Not on “Supergirl!”

Superman fans: Don’t expect the Man of Steel to show up on screen during a CBS “Supergirl” episode, show producers said.

“He will be a factor in her life but you won’t see him exactly on screen,” DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns told reporters on Monday. “He’s gonna be more in the background.”

“But he does play a part in her evolution of becoming a superhero,” Johns continued during the new series’ Television Critics Association summer press tour panel.

“We’re very excited that this series is very much the adventures of Supergirl,” executive producer Ali Adler added. “And as much as we respect the history of Superman, it’s very much her point of view.”

“Supergirl” stars Melissa Benoist as 24-year-old Kara Zor-El, who was taken in by the Danvers family when she was 13.

On the CBS show, Kryptonian Kara/Supergirl must learn to embrace her powers after previously hiding them. She is careful with those abilities until she has to reveal them during an unexpected disaster.

In the DC universe, Supergirl is a cousin of Superman, possessing the same powers and weaknesses. Supergirl made her comic book debut in 1959’s “The Supergirl From Krypton,” from Action Comics.

The CBS show, a Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television production, is also executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Shechter, and Andrew Kreisberg. In addition to Benoist, “Supergirl” stars Mehcad Brooks, Calista Flockhart, David Harewood, Jeremy Jordan and Chyler Leigh.

“Supergirl” debuts Oct. 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The superhero show moves to its regular Monday 8 p.m. timeslot on Nov. 2.

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