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Supergirl Casting a (Young) Superman

Supergirl viewers will soon be able to put a face to Kara’s famously named cousin.

CBS’ rookie DC drama, which thus far has limited Superman’s presence to a few shadowy, shot-from-behind cameos, is poised to unmask the Man of Steel in early 2016 — but there’s a tiny twist: The Superman we’ll be meeting will be leaping not over buildings in a single bound, but into puberty.

According to some fresh casting intel, the show is seeking a 13-year-old actor with “future leading man looks” to play the potentially recurring role of Kal-El, aka the future MoS.

Lil’ Supes will first appear in this season’s 13th episode via a string of flashbacks that will establish the cherished bond between him and Kara.

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84 Comments
  1. LT says:

    Just can’t keep this about her, can we?

    • Steven says:

      Ratings are showing they can’t.

      • Alex Jones says:

        the ratings aren’t bad because the show focuses on supergirl, the ratings are bad because the writing sucks.

        • tyranthraxus says:

          Also are the ratings .. that bad? THey dont seem as bad as everyone makes them out to be.

          • rinaex says:

            Keep in mind that ratings will drop in the spring, and it’s already hit a 1.5 in November. Yes, they are bad in relation to the fact that this is CBS and this was supposed to be a big hit for them.

        • KET says:

          Wrong on both counts. Writing is fine; it’s a family-friendly show, unlike nearly every other superhero/comic book fare on TV. As for the former, ratings were down because of football preempting the show in the Boston area. Normally, Supergirl gets huge ratings over there. The show also usually picks up considerable numbers on the Live+3 stats.

          • tyranthraxus says:

            I think thats what is putting a lot of people off. Expecting writing more akin to the Arrow and getting the family friendly Supergirl stuf (although having said that Livewire pre transformation was making some fairly crude remarks on the first dude to take Supergirls virginity),

            People arnt used to that at all.

          • blah says:

            Which is funny given how horrifically bad the writing is on arrow 60% of the time

      • tyranthraxus says:

        Even not taking the ratings into account, Lucy Lane just even being there is gonna bring up the Superman discussion

      • Kthulhu says:

        How would they know? They have barely tried to keep the focus on her. Superman seems to get mentioned at least once per scene.

    • canadian ninja says:

      In Smallville – Supergirl was in a little over 10% of the episodes AND a large part of Kara’s story is how she’s a super-hero in the shadow of a pre-established super-hero. It would be Superweird if Superman wasn’t in the show – at least a little bit.

      In fact I think doing it this way – with flashbacks – is kind of lame, and confusing. Just cast a freaking Clark Kent and let him show up in a couple episodes a season.

      • Ann says:

        I have a feeling that if the show is given a second season, we might see Clark Kent come to National City to visit Jimmy. I’d love to see Tom Welling cast as Clark Kent/Superman. He’s at about the right age now for this role.

    • Ann says:

      It’s just flashbacks. The show is focused on Supergirl. What makes you think the focus of the flashbacks will be on Kal-El? This show has shown us several flashbacks already, revealing parts of her life to us…I have no concern about these new flashbacks.

  2. Bigdede says:

    I’m confused. I thought he was a baby when he came to earth and he was already an adult by the time she came. So I’m not understanding this casting

    • jj says:

      I am confused too.

    • LT says:

      Flashbacks as stated in article.

      • tyranthraxus says:

        Yes we all read that, and we are still confused. Kal-El left Earth as a baby.. probably about 6months old? less than a year old. So If they are doing Flashbacks of him in Krypton is gonna be a lot of ‘Babysitting’ him by Kara or ‘ga ga’ from the baby.

        Even if they do flashbacks, Superman is superman by the time Kara crashes on Earth.

        • Mary says:

          Krypton.
          —–
          I would have said 9 to 10 months old. At any rate, she wasn’t on Earth when he was 13, but was still stuck in the Phantom Zone.

        • Michael says:

          They obviously think we didn’t pay attention to the pilot episode and won’t notice this fact! It’s an insult to the viewers.They don’t want to use Superman in the series to detract from her. I think it’s best just to keep him as a background, off screen character or let him come in as Clark Kent.

        • Jeri says:

          They can go back to any age as he grew up, they’re not limited to him now or his infant journey. Let them tell the story, they’ve been doing a good job.

          • LaT says:

            No, they can’t. By their own canon they’ve established he was a young adult, already doing the superhero thing, by the time she finally made it to Earth; this was literally discussed in the pilot and has been mentioned more than once since then. Also, they established he was a baby when he left Krypton. To now try to tell a story where Kal-El was still a child when Kara arrived contradicts information they’ve already told us. People are right to call this casting info confusing. By the show’s own canon, Kara and Kal-El have never been close in age to each other while also on the same planet.

    • Hal Jordan says:

      “I’m confused. I thought he was a baby when he came to earth and he was already an adult by the time she came. So I’m not understanding this casting”

      You’re right. It makes no sense whatsoever. Kara was still in the Phantom Zone when Clark was 13. If “Kara” is talking to a 13 year old Kal-El, then it must be a holographic message she recorded before she left Krypton or a computer program that looks/sounds like Kara.

    • Ws says:

      Some sort of time travel story is the only thing that makes sense… though i cant imagine that storyline lasting more than a few episodes… and it says the role will be recurring? Maybe some mystical mumbo jumbo de-ages him?

    • Mike M says:

      My exact immediate reaction too – What! They said he was an adult already? Jimmy has already been his sidekick – and is a grown man, why would Jimmy have been hanging out with a 13 year old? It would have looked very creepy. Then you can add Superman’s message to Kara last week that sounded very adult and her reaction that she clearly looked up to and was guided by him and everything he had already done. Then you can add the really incredibly simple fact that he is referenced over and over and over in the show already as SuperMAN not SuperBOY. I was hoping they might be an appearance but figured they would find someone that fit the “Dean Cain” Superman mold. Really shaking my head – I find this a very silly decision, I can’t see how it will add viewers, the very thought of it has me wanting to stop watching already.

  3. Carla Krae says:

    Get the boy from Man of Steel.

  4. Roger says:

    The flashbacks are on Earth. The only issue is that Clark is already Superman when he introduces Kara to the Danvers.

    • The Squatch says:

      My guess is something along these lines…

      New Villain of the Week creates some new weapon that “freezes time” or slows it down or something along those lines, so that he can, I don’t know, rob a bank or something while everyone else stands still.

      After that it’s easy…

      Time Weapon + Explosion + Sci-Fi Comic Book doublespeak = Kara going back in time and meeting a young Clark Kent.

      ((As an aside, there will be a point were a puberty-stricken Clark will mention “how hot” Kara is and she will make her signature icky face and some comment about him taking it back or regretting having said it later.))

  5. Roger says:

    The HUGE issue here is that Clark was already wearing the Superman armor when he ripped off Kara’s spacecraft.

  6. For Godsake’s DC, get off your damn high horse and let Superman himself show up on the series! If there can be two Flashes, one on The Flash and the other in the DCCU, then there can be two Supermen!

    • canadian ninja says:

      Agreed, but do you think the reason is really that they are trying to avoid conflict with the DCCU? I was just assuming that they either had licencing issues or were trying to avoid Supe overshadowing the show – which is nonsense if he is used sparingly.

  7. Dj says:

    This is confusing because the show itself mentioned him being a baby when he left then it mentioned how Kara was stuck in the phantom zone for 20+ years while Clark was on earth.

  8. Rich Civil says:

    This makes no sense. when clark was 13 he was on earth and Kara was stuck in the phantom zone. They couldn’t have met unless Clark had a way to talk to people in the phantom zone.

  9. StephonJS says:

    So All this comments confused for nothing. it a flashback of Clark at 13 on Earth to go with the present day events that Kara is dealing with. why is that so hard to follow?

    • Davey Elmer says:

      According to this report, Kara is supposed to be interacting with this 13-year-old version of her cousin in flashbacks even though there’s no way, based on their established story, that she could have done so. That’s why it’s confusing.

      • StephonJS says:

        no it say: that will establish the cherished bond between him and Kara.
        no where in the article doesnt it say Kara will interact with 13 year old CLark

        • Davey Elmer says:

          The flashbacks in which we see teenage Kal are supposed to establish the cherished bond between him and Kara; you can’t do that unless you’re having them interact.

          • StephonJS says:

            the bond could be created VIA the Danvers since they knew him b4 Kara arrived.

          • Davey Elmer says:

            You can’t establish a bond between two characters without having those characters directly interact.

            It’s confusing as to how exactly they’re going to make this work, but I am willing to trust that they will in fact be ABLE to make it work.

          • StephonJS says:

            and they have interacted for almost 12 years. maybe not alot but they have interacted and bonded. maybe whatever Clark went through when he was 13 will help create a cherished bond between.

      • StephonJS says:

        It’s very possible the Davenports will help with that bond since Clark had a relationship with them b4 Kara arrived

  10. lrdslvrhnd says:

    Yeahhhh, this makes NO sense whatsofreakin’ever.

  11. Diz says:

    As others have said this makes no fn sense.

  12. ScottJ says:

    Maybe it involves time travel. The comics were full of it, and there were a huge number of times Supergirl met Superboy. Although I doubt the Legion of Super Heroes storylines would be used.

  13. Ray says:

    Every successive piece of news I read about this show makes me that much gladden I quit watching.

  14. Bruce Wayne says:

    David Mazouz

  15. Rick Katze says:

    I’ll join the ranks of the confused. My memory is Superman coming to Earth as clearly less than one year old. Admittedly have not want followed all the revisions. Did the comic book get a reboot where he came as a teen?

  16. James D says:

    You tricked me Aus i thought they were going to be casting Conner Kent (Superboy) and not Kal as a youngster :( point of inquiry, and correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t this show name drop Superman at least five times an episode doesn’t seem like that is a limited thing:) any way I’m not completely opposed to this as long as it is about Kara’s relationship with him and not just about him.

    • Even after 30 years, some refuse to let go of the idea of Clark as Superboy. Even the comics tried to regurgitate that a few years ago and it fizzled fairly quickly. Were it Conner, that would be great. If it’s Clark as Superboy, that will only cement how outdated this show really is.

  17. When Clark was 13 Kara was trapped in the Phantom Zone. What bonds?

  18. kpflat says:

    If they want a big ratings boost, bring in Tom Welling for a couple of episodes. Nothing fancy. Just a family visit. Then they can get it out of their system. I would like a little less of the romantic junk, but this show is geared towards girls/women anyway so….

  19. Torchwood68 says:

    Tom Welling needs to be in this. Too good to pass up

  20. Part of the marketing for Supergirl was the tagline “You know his story, now it’s time to learn hers.”, so of course now they’re going to do flashbacks to when [Superman] was 13 years old, devoting airtime for what should be her story to showing us more of his, even after 10 years were already devoted to Smallville.It’s a ratings gimmick.

  21. Jeri says:

    This show is very good. I wasn’t expecting much to begin with and have been pleasantly surprised. Each episode takes us a little deeper and they do the super power stuff well. Not too fake or CGI-ey. Using a cast that was not too well known helps keep it fresh.

  22. herman1959 says:

    All of this speculation over someone other that the titular character is not good for the series. It seems like the EP/writers are avoiding any attempts to make Supergirl a superhero distinct from her cousin, although they are giving lip service to that aim…mixed messages!

  23. Fred ALTOBELLIS says:

    The newest MoS should boost the ratings higher & I’m a big fan of SuperGirl! !

  24. kath says:

    My guess is it’s going to be in flashbacks around Jeremiah Danvers. I’m not worried.

  25. Sudeb says:

    Nobody said it was Kara’s flashback… Nobody said there was Kara in the flashback!! Y dont u get it people? Maybe Clark shared his teenage stories with Kara!! And that’s the flashback we r talking about!!

  26. I am going to take a guess and say that Superman had a previous relationship with the Danvers which is why he trusted them with Kara. Jeremiah had a file on Superman before he worked with Hank Henshaw and that was part of the deal to leaving Kara alone. Clark could have been 13 when he met them.

  27. Ezzy Klein says:

    Ratings are bad because it’s in a bad time slot. It competes with GOTHAM.

  28. Gord says:

    It’s only a Goddamn TV show, people. And it’s all fiction at any rate.

  29. MADMIKE4000 says:

    If you want to bring in more members of the El family in the show just get both Superman Kids in Lara Kent daughter of Superman & Wonder Woman & Johnathan Samuel Kent son of Superman & Lois Lane

    Victoria Justice Lara Kent Supergirl
    Dylan Sprayberry Johnathan Samuel Kent Superboy

  30. William Knott says:

    No way, Kal-El was a baby when Jor-el sent him to Earth in the ship. How could she have any experience with him?

  31. kent says:

    and once again we will not see an aduld superman pfffffff,i hoped we could maby have an spinn off and finaly see a aduld superman but evrything has to bee teen teen teen shows these days

  32. Osiris says:

    It was interesting to go back and read all the comments and not once did anyone consider the possibility that it was all a dream.