Exciting news today, as it’s been revealed that Superman will feature in the first two episodes of Supergirl Season 2! The episodes in question will air at the start of the fall television season - presumably around October - and will be the first Supergirl episodes to air on the show’s new home of the CW channel.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg had this to say in an official press release:
“Greg, Ali and I are beyond thrilled to welcome Clark Kent and his slightly-more-famous alter ego to the world of Supergirl. Superman will be appearing in the first two episodes of the new season and we cannot wait to see who next dons the red cape!”
I’ve got to say, I’m hugely excited about this. I’ve really enjoyed Supergirl this year - it’s currently my favourite of each of the DC TV offerings that I’m watching. Melissa Benoist has been wonderful as Kara each week, giving us a compelling leading lady who’s a genuine hero; one of my favourite aspects of the show each week has been the fact that it is so dedicated to giving us an idealistic, compassionate superhero.
To me, that’s one of the most important things about heroes - that they give us an ideal to strive towards, that they show us that caring matters, and that they can be a symbol of hope. I know that’s not necessarily true of every hero, but it’s certainly something I want to see from characters like Supergirl, and indeed Superman. (That’s part of why I’ve been so disappointed with the DC movie offerings of late - they so resoundingly reject the idea of a caring, compassionate Superman who can act as a figure of hope.)
So I’m really excited to see Supergirl putting their own spin on Superman - and I’ve got an idea as to who should “next don the red cape”, as Kreisberg put it. There’s going to be a lot of people suggesting individuals like Tom Welling or Brandon Routh, because of their prior connection to the role, and that’d undeniably be a lot of fun. I can’t say I wouldn’t love that, because, yeah, it’s be pretty cool.
But for me, there’s one man who’s best for the role.
I first encountered Michael Ealy as an actor when watching him in Almost Human, a sci-fi police procedural drama where Ealy played Dorian, an idealistic robot cop, alongside Karl Urban, who portrayed a jaded human policeman. It was a really fun program, if anyone’s interested in watching it - you can find the whole series for free on the CW website, and I’d really recommend giving it a watch.
Each week, I was really impressed at Michael Ealy’s performance as Dorian. He was charismatic, charming, and full of life - all characteristics that you (or, at least, I) would want to see from the Man of Tomorrow. Ealy is a talented actor who brought a genuine warmth to the role - no mean feat for an android - and effortlessly made audiences fall in love with him. Of course, he also managed to portray compelling emotional scenes, creating a nuanced and subtle performance that I’ve remembered for years since.
Most importantly, though, he’s got the smile. That wonderful, reassuring smile that Superman should absolutely have, because he’s a character who’s full of joy and optimism and hope. The type of hero who cares, on a deep and personal level, about the people that he saves. That’s something Michael Ealy can do perfectly.
And that’s why I think Michael Ealy should play Superman on the upcoming series of Supergirl next year.
Because he is absolutely the best for the role - not just as Superman, but for the world that Supergirl has created.
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