We’ve known for awhile now that Kevin Smith is set to direct an episode of “Supergirl” this season — hot off his directorial debut on “The Flash” last season — but we now know the title of the episode he’ll be helming: “Supergirl Lives.”
Set to be the ninth episode of “Supergirl’s” second season, “Supergirl Lives” is of course a reference to his scrapped movie from the late ’90s, titled, “Superman Lives.” Written by Smith, “Superman Lives” was to be a movie starring Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel with Tim Burton attached as director. Remembered by fans for being the Superman movie that could’ve been — featuring Cage in a rainbow-colored Superman costume, if you can believe it — the downfall of the project is chronicled in the recent documentary film, “The Death of Superman Lives.”
Smith revealed the “Supergirl” episode title in a post to Instagram.
Smith wrote in the post, “I just read this script for @thecwsupergirl episode I’m gonna direct and I LOVE IT!!! It is filled with deep-cuts characters from some of my favorite stories in the @dccomics canon and it reads bigger than anything I’ve ever directed before – even #Dogma! So naturally, I’m TERRIFIED. This material is way above my pay grade: the kind of stuff I’ve loved watching my whole life but never tried to make myself. It’s pure comic book and science fiction fantasy and it reads like it should look like a 70’s album cover.”
He continued, “In a very First World way, this is scaring the shit out of me. So that’s gotta be the best reason to do it, right? I should challenge myself and try to do something outside of my comfort zone. Plus, it’s not like I’m gonna be alone: armed with a spectacular script, I’ll be surrounded by the incredible cast & crew of one of my favorite shows – and they make magic every week. So what I lack in vision and ability I’ll try to make up for with boundless fan-girl enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Thank you @andrewkreisberg & @gberlanti for the misguided belief I can pull this off. I’ll try to let you down gently. Up, up and away…”
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 and features appearances by Calista Flockhart’s Cat Grant as well as Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman.
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