Related: In the 2015 Supergirl pilot, why do they avoid saying "Superman"?

Superman's appearances in Supergirl so far have been fleeting. As far as I can tell, his face hasn't been shown. The sun's behind him in the scene where he finds Supergirl the first time, and in episode 3 he's shown from Supergirl's (prone) view from behind.

Is it just to decrease his prominence? Or, are there (possibly contractual or licensing) conditions to his appearance in the show?

IMHO trying to not show his face seems rather clumsy - it heightens curiosity as to what he looks like, and thereby increases attention to Superman.


According to executive producer Sarah Shechter, quoted here:

I think the reason why Superman’s not in the show is because it’s not about him. And it’s her show and it’s about her and he is just sort of a shadow in the back of her psyche, and I think that’s the right way to portray him because that’s how she experiences it.

See also the article Superman's Not in the Show Because It's Not About Him.

  • That's ... disappointing. Either I lack an appreciation for finer subtleties, or they lack in execution of subtlety. Either way, this is not the place for rants. – muru Nov 13 '15 at 0:18
  • Now we know the condition: they just had to change production houses (if that's the term) – muru Oct 11 '16 at 14:34

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