In a new behind-the-scenes featurette for “Supergirl” Season 1, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, Melissa Benoist, David Harewood and more discuss the show’s take on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ classic Superman story “For the Man Who Has Everything.” The clip, courtesy of USAToday, also features some other highlights from the show’s premiere season, including the development of Martian Manhunter’s character.
The original “For the Man Who Has Everything” story, published in DC Comics’ “Superman Annual” #11 in 1985, is one of Kreisberg’s favorite Superman stories. “Superman has no real memory of Krypton. As he explains in the featurette, “I actually think it’s a better story for Supergirl than it was for Superman.”
In the original tale, an alien plant attaches to Superman, putting him in a coma. In this state, Superman sees visions of what his life on Krypton would have been, had it not been destroyed. The visions find the Man of Steel living an ordinary life, married with two children.
The adaption of the story for “For the Girl Who Has Everything,” the show’s 13th episode, follows a similar vein. After being attacked by an alien plant, Kara wakes up back on Krypton, where her mother Alura is still alive. “She’s very vulnerable,” Benoist shared. “To get to her is through her past, and what she’s been through and her pain and sorrow for what she’s lost.”
In that episode, we get to meet a much different version of the Man of Steel than what we’re used to. “It’s nice to see young Kal-El. You know, see young Superman and see how the family dynamic is played out,” Harewood chimes in. “It’s only when you get a sense of the family you realize just how much she’s lost.”
“Supergirl” stars Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood and Calista Flockhart and returns on Monday, October 10 at 8 pm EST on The CW.
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