Many have wondered if Tom Welling would ever take on the role of Clark Kent/Superman again after Smallville came to an end in 2011. Rumors of him appearing on The Flash really picked up steam in 2015, but nothing has happened yet. Now, Supergirl has cast the role of a young Superman, and it has started a whole new world of rumors that Welling could show up one day as current-day Superman on CBS.
ComicBookMovie reported that Daniel DiMaggio (Tales of Halloween, A Tiger’s Tale) has been cast in the role of young Kal-El for Supergirl. It has been known that a young Superman would be coming, but it wasn’t quite known who would take on the part, but that is now known.
DiMaggio will make his debut as Kal-El in an episode titled “For The Girl Who Has Everything,” and it is set to air on CBS on February 8.
A lot of people have wondered when Superman would show up on Supergirl in some form or another. It is now confirmed that the first real role for him will be a younger version, and the official synopsis for that episode has been revealed and gives more info.
“Kara’s friends must find a way to save her life when a parasitic alien attaches itself to her and traps her in a dream world where her family is alive and her home planet was never destroyed. Also, Alex, Hank and the DEO must fend off a Kryptonian attack while Kara is out of commission, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.”
Now, it’s not known exactly how many episodes will see DiMaggio as young Superman or just how far the backstory will go. At least now though, he is appearing in the universe of Supergirl, and it could lead to something far bigger.
Some may wonder what this has to do with Tom Welling, though, and how the Superman from Smallville on The CW could end up on CBS. Well, that was made a lot easier back in December when Welling signed on to produce and star in Section 13, a new series for the network.
Welling’s new deal with CBS could lead to him donning the cape once again and visiting his cousin Kara over on Supergirl. ComicBookResources believes that anything is possible and could happen, especially with Section 13 beginning in the fall of 2016.
Maybe Tom Welling won’t actually show back up as Superman, but Clark Kent could appear at the Daily Planet one day as a reporter who has been “away on assignment.” Then again, there are other possibilities that have been rumored for a while and seem to be coming closer to happening.
Supergirl was given the green light to extend to a full season, and that was one of the big requirements needed for a possible crossover episode with The Flash. It certainly appears as if the CBS show is doing well enough for Superman’s cousin to continue on into a second season, as well.
Yes, the two shows are on different networks, but a crossover has been discussed between the show’s creators as well as network executives. Nothing is set in stone just yet, but the door is cracked open for it to happen.
This could, in turn, lend even more credibility to Superman appearing, especially with the Alternate Earths storyline happening on The Flash this season. Metropolis could exist somehow, some where, in conjunction with Central City, and it could also explain why Superman looks a tad bit older — Tom Welling.
Most of this is purely speculation at this time, but it’s interesting how many of the rumors from the past year have come true. Supergirl now has an actor in place to play young Kal-El/Superman, and Tom Welling is working on a new show for CBS. The pieces are falling into place, and fans merely hope it’s all coming together for something bigger.
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