The actress who portrays Lois Lane on the CW show Superman & Lois, Bitsie Tulloch, has stated that Supergirl star Melissa Benoist is open to the possibility of making a guest appearance on the show. The Arrowverse franchise on The CW was larger than ever before the worldwide pandemic ravaged the Earth.
At the time, there were more than five shows running in the franchise. Following the events of the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline, which took place in the year 2020, the Arrowverse underwent a soft reboot. During that time, it also brought together all of the active DC television shows airing on the CW network into a single shared universe known as Earth-Prime.
It was later determined that both Supergirl and Superman & Lois took place in the same universe as the other Arrowverse dramas, despite the fact that Superman & Lois was initially envisioned as a spinoff of Supergirl. On the other hand, after the premiere of Tyler Hoechlin and Tulloch’s spin-off series, the first season of Superman & Lois didn’t make any references to any of the other Justice League heroes.
Most crucially, it did not take Kara Zor-El into account as all. Fans were left wondering what was going on because Supergirl, who was one of Clark Kent’s last remaining blood relatives, was never mentioned and never appeared in any of the Superman stories. Superman & Lois doesn’t take place on Earth-Prime, despite the fact that it’s part of the Arrowverse franchise: rather, it’s set on an undesignated Earth that’s part of the Multiverse.
The twist wasn’t revealed by the writers until the season 2 finale, when they revealed this information to the audience.
Even if Superman & Lois is moving forward with a new timeline, the question of Supergirl and whether or not Melissa Benoist, who played the lead role of the heroine for six seasons, would ever appear on the program remains unanswered.
A fan asked Hoechlin and Tulloch at this year’s Fan Expo Canada (via Brief Take) about Benoist’s Supergirl and if there are any plans for Kara to appear in Superman & Lois. Hoechlin and Tulloch both responded in the affirmative. While Hoechlin was effusive in his appreciation for his TV relative, Tulloch disclosed an intriguing fact about Benoist:
After the conclusion of the second season of Superman & Lois, showrunner Todd Helbing stated in several interviews that if Kara were to appear in the show at some point in the future, it would be a fresh interpretation of the Girl of Steel with a different origin story.
However, Helbing never clarified if this meant that another actress would be cast or whether they would still consider Benoist, a viable candidate for the role of Supergirl in that universe. Even though David Ramsey‘s John Diggle made an appearance in the season 2 finale of Superman & Lois, the showrunner made it clear that this version of the Arrow veteran does not have the same past as his Earth-Prime counterpart.
Since shooting on Superman & Lois season 3 won’t begin until the next week, there has been no official confirmation that Supergirl will appear in any way during the upcoming installment. Benoist, who plays Kara in Supergirl, is going to star in her very own series on HBO Max called The Girls on the Bus, so it would have to take place in the relatively near future for the Superman & Lois production team to have any hope of having her appear in their show.
It is important to take into consideration the new owner of The CW, as it is possible that the Arrowverse brand may be discontinued within the next two to three years. There is no indication that Superman & Lois, Stargirl, or the upcoming Gotham Knights series will even get renewed for the 2023-2024 TV season.
Season 9 of The Flash will be the show’s final season, and given the network’s shake-up, after Nexstar bought 75% ownership, there is no indication that The Flash will be the show’s final season. We can only hope that Superman & Lois will be on the air for a sufficient amount of time for Benoist to have the opportunity to make a cameo appearance as Supergirl at least once, even if it will be in a reimagined form of the character she plays in the Arrowverse.