One of the big twists in the Supergirl origin story is that while she was sent to Earth to protect Kal-El (Superman), she actually arrived on the planet after Kal-El had already grown up. In fact, for show runner Greg Berlanti‘s version Clark Kent had already made his appearance as the Man of Steel in the Man of Steel. So there wasn’t much for Kara (Melissa Benoist) to do, Superman could obviously take care of himself. So when it was announced that a young Clark Kent (Daniel DiMaggio) would be making an appearance on Supergirl, it left more than a few of us scratching our heads. Well, now we know how that is all happening and have your first look at young Kal-El.
Last week, Kara ran afoul of Black Mercy, that alien plant thing pictured above. Black Mercy has the power to enter a person’s mind and after putting them into a coma like state, give them visions of their perfect life. It does this to keep the person from breaking out of that coma like state. Black Mercy is a parasite living off the host creature as long as it can keep them stuck in that coma.
Now what would one imagine the perfect life for Kara might be? Well, we’ll find out in the next episode, For the Girl Who Has Everything, and that perfect life includes a young Clark Kent. The episode is an homage to Alan Moore‘s 1985 Superman story, For The Man Who Has Everything. Which was also adapted for the Justice League Unlimited animated series.
Here’s a couple looks at young Clark Kent.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg had this to say to EW about the episode:
There was something about that particular story that, to me, was almost even more resonant for her. For Superman, when it happens to him, it’s his wish for something that he never had. But for her, she wants something back that was taken from her. It really is like her stepping into this fantasy of what life would’ve been like if she had never left Krypton and had grown up there, if her parents were still alive, if she had grown into the person and the life that she wanted to lead. Again, because it’s coming at a time where she’s feeling so low about her life on Earth, it becomes that much more potent. … She’s actually getting back everything that was taken away from her and the only way out of it is to reject it. Imagine how horrible that’s going to be.
Yeah, the whole dream thing has been done to death, but at least this time you know it’s a dream to start. Not like that season of Dallas that ended with Bobby coming out of the shower after being dead for an entire season.
Don’t forget that Supergirl is also joining forces with The Flash soon. Interesting side note on Daniel DiMaggio. He also played the young Michael Westin in Burn Notice.