Supergirl: See Superman as a child on Krypton
Supergirl is back on Krypton … but why is Superman not a baby?!
CBS released a first look at Monday’s episode of Supergirl that has fans of the super series a little confused. In the shot above, Kara (Melissa Benoist) appears alongside a young Kal-El (Daniel DiMaggio). But wait, wasn’t Kal-El just a baby when Krypton was destroyed? Exactly.
In an homage to Alan Moore’s Superman story “For the Man Who Has Everything,” Monday’s episode is titled “For the Girl Who Has Everything,” in which Kara finds herself back on Krypton with no knowledge of how or why she’s there. What she’s actually facing is the Black Mercy, a parasitic plant, which appeared in the closing moments of this week’s episode, that taps into the pleasure centers of a comatose person’s brain to create a vision of the host’s perfect life.
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“There was something about that particular story that, to me, was almost even more resonant for her,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg recently said. “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.”
So, there you have it. Superman is a young kid rather than a baby because this entire episode is basically one big fever dream that Kara must fight her way out of.
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
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