Kevin Smith spent the 1990s and early 2000s making movies where dudes talked about superheroes, but lately he’s been making superhero shows of his own. After directing an episode of season two of “The Flash,” he is returning to the CW to direct an episode of “Supergirl”.
There’s one big development that’s revealed in the clip: Mon-El finally got a job! He’s working as a bartender, which makes a lot of sense given his party-boy Daxamite background. True to form though, he’s not great at fetching club soda for Kara, preferring to serve her something brown and boozy.
The clip has the charm and light humor that “Supergirl” has effortlessly delivered since moving to the CW. Smith isn’t credited as the writer of the episode (Andrew Kreisberg, Eric Carrasco and Jess Kardos have those credits), so it’s unlikely that he contributed much in the way of jokes. Still, his knack for directing actors in casual, funny scenes is a perfect fit and it’s on full display in this scene.
In the late 90s, Kevin Smith was hired to write the screenplay to a new Superman movie. Though the film never saw the light of day, the story behind the never-made “Superman Lives” has become a legend in itself. Smith has told the story on his straight to DVD specials, and every year another unbelievable detail makes itself publicly known.
This episode of “Supergirl” is called “Supergirl Lives“. Perhaps its just an in-joke, or maybe it refers to a deeper connection. Last season’s “For the Girl Who Has Everything” was an adaptation of a Superman story with a similar name. There’s precedent for the “Supergirl” show to draw from different sources in the wider “Superman” canon. With any luck, the writers of the episode wanted to pay tribute to Smith’s never produced script and we’ll get to see Kara battling a giant mechanical spider.
Smith also returned to direct an episode of the third season of “The Flash” titled “Killer Frost.” That episode dropped in November.
Starring Melissa Benoist as the Girl of Steel, “Supergirl” airs Mondays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars David Harewood as Martian Manhunter, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers and Jeremy Jordan as Winn Schott. “Supergirl’s” second season returns on January 23, 2017.
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