When Supergirl debuted on CBS, the closest thing we got to seeing Superman in the flesh was a strong-jawed silhouette, plus a few anecdotes from Kara Danvers and James Olsen, and the occasional text. Now that the show is on The CW, Superman has stepped into the spotlight thanks to Tyler Hoechlin‘s performance. (Some are calling him the best Superman since Christopher Reeve.)
In the previous episode, “The Last Children of Krypton”, Clark Kent/Superman ended up leaving National City for Metropolis, his home city, after a battle against Metallo(s). And while that’s clearly a smart way to give Supergirl back the reins of her own show (and a budgetary move since Hoechlin isn’t a series regular at this point), it might also signal an impending doom for the Man of Steel.
The move to The CW opened up a lot of opportunities for Supergirl: Not only does the show bring some serious firepower to the network’s connected DC TV universe, it folds Supergirl’s mythology and drama into that of The Flash, Arrow, and even Legends of Tomorrow. That’s a big stage. But the bigger the stage, the bigger the comic book arcs the shows’ writers can tackle; see the network’s nods to “Flashpoint” and “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” We’ll see how they handle “The Dominators” later this season in an epic, ambitious, four-series crossover special. However, there are not many DC Comics stories bigger than “The Death of Superman”, so that might be just where The CW is heading in the near future.
For those of you who haven’t read the saga, or weren’t alive when it was published, “The Death of Superman” saw the Man of Steel taking on the monstrous Doomsday in Metropolis. Spoiler alert: the fight claimed both of their lives, shattering the long-held belief by both comics readers and in-universe characters alike that Superman was immortal. It was a powerful arc packed full of unforgettable visuals, and the fallout from the title event had a huge impact on the rest of the DC Comics universe for years to come.
Read on to find out how this massive event might play out on The CW.