What's that up in the Sky (One scheduling)? Is it a bird, is it a plane, or is it Supergirl season 4?
With season 3 finally airing in the UK, we've sped around the planet to gather all the latest news on what we can expect from the next instalment of The CW's popular super-heroine show.
Supergirl season 4 release date: When will we get it?
Supergirl usually airs in October in the States, with the UK getting it early the following year, but a new scheduling twist may well shift that tradition.
The CW traditionally takes the weekends off their superhero shows, running their caped content from 8-10pm Monday to Friday. But, from this year, they're expanding to Sundays too, which means all bets are off in terms of when shows will be coming back.
The CW's president Mark Pedowitz made the big announcement: "By expanding to six nights, The CW is now able to give our fans even more of the series they're so passionate about.
"Over the past seven years, The CW has added more than 80 hours of original scripted programming to its schedule – now that number can continue to climb, as we grow our broadcast lineup, and continue to add content on every platform."
We'll update as soon as we get confirmation of Supergirl's return.
Supergirl season 4 cast: Who will be in it?
Barr any major plot twists, most of the maincast are expected to return. Including...
- Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers / Supergirl)
- Mehcad Brooks (James Olsen / Guardian)
- Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers)
- Jeremy Jordan (Winn Schott)
- David Harewood (J'onn J'onzz / Martian Manhunter)
Also expected to return at this stage are Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor and Chris Wood as Mon-El. Odette Annable has played the third season's chief antagonist Samantha Arias / Reign and while we'd be surprised to see her back as a regular cast member, a guest appearance or two isn't out of the question.
The same applies to Calista Flockhart's Cat Grant, who exited the show as a regular after the first season but continues to appear as a guest star.
Fans want Tyler Hoechlin's Superman to come back, too, and Hoechlin's up for returning, too.
"Even just jumping in doing the first two episodes, at that time it was just those two episodes," he explained. "I was very open and eager to go back up if that opportunity came up, and thankfully it did for the finale. I'm just taking it a day at a time at this point," the actor said.
While we understand not wanting to distract from the female lead's journey by adding too much Superman, perhaps he could appear as the Earth-Two version of the character, as part of Power Girl's introduction to the show? Power Girl has so much girl power, it's basically her name.
One thing's for sure, he won't be getting his own spin-off series.
Supergirl season 4 renewal: Is it definitely coming back?
With all the mystery around season four, at least we definitely know the show will return, which is a relief - fans were worried when season three's sudden hiatus seemed to signal some significant problems.
"We had a moment where they had some production issues," CW head honcho Pedowitz said after the season three break was announced.
"The fans of Supergirl should not be worried in any way, shape or form. We are big believers in the show, and big believers in Melissa [Benoist] and the direction of the show."
Pedowitz put his money where his mouth is, and announced Supergirl's return in early April, 2018.
Supergirl season 4 plot: What will it be about?
Expect a bit of a paradigm shift in Supergirl season four.
That's because, in late 2017, everything changed for the show - following the firing of executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, following accusations of sexual harassment (which Kreisberg denies). Warner Brothers confirmed the changes in a statement.
"Greg Berlanti will assume additional responsibilities on both The Flash, where he will work closely with executive producer/co-showrunner Todd Helbing, and Supergirl, where he will work closely with executive producers/co-showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller.
"We remain committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions."
Berlanti and fellow producer Sarah Schechter released their own joint statement to confirm the news.
"Warner Bros Television Group recently concluded its investigation into the allegations against Andrew Kreisberg," they said. "We encouraged and supported this investigation, we believe and support the individuals who came forward, and we agree with the studio's decision.
"Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of all our colleagues - co-workers, crew and staff alike."
Don't rule out a soft reboot in season four - particularly after the third season went on mid-season hiatus in 2018 to allow for more time to address "production issues".
Supergirl season 4 trailer: When will we see it?
There's no trailer yet (season 3 hasn't finished, so it would be a bold move to release a trailer for season four so soon - talk about spoiler alert!) but we'll be updating this page when it drops out of the sky, along with all the latest news - so get it bookmarked faster than a speeding bullet.
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