Supergirl Season 2 Episode 22 Promo: Superman Returns and More Details

The Supergirl Season 2 finale is "Nevertheless, She Persisted." Here's our full episode guide.

Supergirl Season 2 is back, and we’ve got all of the latest promos, photos, and casting news to keep you updated between episodes.

Here’s what we thought of the season’s penultimate episode: “Resist.” 

And here’s what’s next for Supergirl in “Nevertheless, She Persisted,” which sees Kara challenged Rhea to a trial by combat. Here’s the synopsis for the episode…

Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) challenges Rhea (guest star Teri Hatcher) to battle to save National City. Meanwhile, Superman (guest star Tyler Hoechlin) returns and Cat Grant (guest star Calista Flockhart) offers Supergirl some sage advice.

Mr. Hoechlin appeared in the opening two episodes of this season, and did an excellent job as the Man of Steel. He brought the kind of easy confidence and charm that has been lacking from some other recent screen interpretations of Superman, and those two episodes were a bonanza of deep DC Comics and Kryptonian references for fans.

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Check out the trailer…

Not included in the synopsis or trailer is that General Zod is also coming to Supergirl! Mark Gibbon has been cast as one of the most iconic Superman villains of them all. While I’ve confirmed Mr. Gibbon’s casting with Warner Bros., they weren’t able to offer any additional details at this time. It will be interesting to see whether this is the TV Man of Steel’s first encounter with General Zod or if the two have a history together.

What’s interesting is that this isn’t Mark Gibbon’s first time interacting with the Superman mythos. Gibbon played one of the oil workers rescued by a pre-Superman Clark Kent in Man of Steel, and he appeared in several small roles on Smallville.

The commander of Krypton’s military has long held a grudge against the House of El, since Superman’s father (and Kara’s uncle) banished him and his cronies to the Phantom Zone. Hopefully this means he’s bringing some of his Phantom Zone buddies along for the ride, too. Considering how well Supergirl handles the broader Superman mythology, I’m really looking forward to seeing how they play one of the biggest rivalries in Kryptonian history on the small screen.

General Dru-Zod has been around since 1961, first appearing in Adventure Comics #283, where he was created by Robert Bernstein and George Papp. Zod has famously been brought to life on the big screen by Terrence Stamp (in 1980’s Superman II) and Michael Shannon (in 2013’s Man of Steel) and the small screen by Callum Blue on Smallville. Recent comic book interpretations of Zod have hewn a little closer to the movie versions, so there’s a lot of room for Supergirl to get creative with the character.

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Supergirl Season 2 Episodes

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 1: The Adventures of Supergirl

When a new threat emerges in National City, Kara/Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) teams up with her cousin, Clark Kent/Superman (guest star Tyler Hoechlin), to stop it.  Kara is thrilled to have family in town but it leaves Alex (Chyler Leigh) feeling a bit left out.  Meanwhile, Hank (David Harewood) and Supergirl are stunned by the pod that came crashing to Earth.  

air date: 10/10/16

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 2: The Last Children of Krypton

CADMUS attacks National City with a kryptonite powered villain who ends up seriously hurting Supergirl (Melissa Benoist).  Superman (guest star Tyler Hoechlin) blames Hank (David Harewood) because the kryptonite was stolen from the DEO.  Meanwhile, Kara’s first day at her new job doesn’t go as planned after she meets her new boss, Snapper Carr (guest star Ian Gomez).

We also have a complete guide to Superman easter eggs in the episode right here!

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air date: 10/17/16

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 3: Welcome to Earth

An attack is made on the President (guest star Lynda Carter) as hot-button, alien vs. human rights issues heat up in National City. Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and the DEO are assigned to protect the President and bring in the responsible party.  Alex (Chyler Leigh) teams up with Detective Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima) to investigate the case while Kara searches for a recently escaped Mon-El (Chris Wood), who she fears may be the alien behind the assault.

air date: 10/24/16

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 4: Survivors

When Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Alex (Chyler Leigh) investigate the murder of an unregistered alien, the trail leads to an alien fight club run by Roulette (guest star Dichen Lachman), the ringmaster who commands aliens to fight in mortal combat for the entertainment of rich humans. While trying to stop the fighting, Supergirl and Martian Manhunter find themselves up against a surprising opponent. Meanwhile, Hank (David Harewood) is thrilled to have found another Martian and tries to get to know M’Gann (guest star Sharon Leal) better. Supergirl takes Mon-El (Chris Wood) under her wing and begins to train him.

air date: 10/31/16

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 5: Crossfire

Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) must beat a ruthless new gang who has been armed with dangerous new alien technology.  When Cadmus sends a video to the DEO, the team realizes Cadmus is the one staffing the criminals for a secret mission.  Meanwhile, Kara (Melissa Benoist) gets Mon-El (Chris Wood) a job as an intern at CatCo, James makes an important decision and Lena (Katie McGrath) invites Kara to attend one her fundraisers.  

air date: 11/7/16

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 6: Changing

The Guardian debuts to lend a hand after a parasite alien drains Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) of her power. Mon-El (Chris Wood) considers a less than desirable new career which then leads him to contemplate his motives. Alex (Chyler Leigh) struggles with a new reality. Andrew Kreisberg and Caitlin Parris wrote the script based on the story by Greg Beranti.

air date: November 14th

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 7: The Darkest Places

While Guardian (Mehcad Brooks) tries to clear his name after being accused of a murder committed by another vigilante, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) heads out on a solo mission to rescue Mon-El (Chris Wood) who has been captured by CADMUS. While fighting to free Mon-El, Supergirl comes face to face with Cyborg Superman.  

air date: November 21st

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Supergirl Season 2 Episode 8: Medusa

Eliza (guest star Helen Slater) comes to town to celebrate Thanksgiving with her daughters.  Alex (Chyler Leigh) decides it’s time to come out to her mother; Kara (Melisa Benoist) is shocked when Eliza suggests Mon-El (Chris Wood) has feelings for her, and Winn (Jeremy Jordan) and James (Mehcad Brooks) consider telling Kara the truth about the Guardian. Meanwhile, CADMUS unleashes a virus that instantly kills any alien in the vicinity so Kara enlists an unexpected ally – Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath).  The epic superhero crossover kicks off tonight when Barry Allen (guest star Grant Gustin) and Cisco Ramon (guest star Carlos Valdes) seek Kara’s help with an alien invasion on their Earth.

air date: 11/28/16

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 9: Supergirl Lives

Kara (Melissa Benoist) is moved by the story of a missing woman named Izzy (guest star Harley Quinn Smith) and decides to investigate despite Snapper Carr’s (guest star Ian Gomez) order to leave it alone. Kara takes Mon-El (Chris Wood) with her to the last place Izzy was seen and the duo find themselves thrust through a portal to another planet, Slaver’s Moon, where the downtrodden are sold as slaves. The leader of the trafficking ring is none other than Roulette (guest star Dichen Lachman). To make matters worse, Slaver’s Moon has a red sun, which means Kara and Mon-El are stripped of their powers and stuck on the planet with no way home. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Alex (Chyler Leigh) blames herself for Kara’s disappearance, fearing she’s become too focused on her new relationship with Maggie (guest star Floriana Lima) and too complacent in watching out for her sister.

air date: 1/23/17

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 10: We Can Be Heroes

After Livewire (guest star Brit Morgan) seemingly breaks out of prison, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) is intent on recapturing her. After training Mon-El (Chris Wood), Supergirl takes him with her when she sees Livewire attack the NCPD but things go awry when Mon-El puts Supergirl before the citizens of National City. Meanwhile, James (Mehcad Brooks) decides to come clean with Kara and M’Gann (guest star Sharon Leal), has a psychic attack and collapses into a coma.

air date: 1/30/17

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 11: The Martian Chronicles

Armek (guest star Terrell Tilford), a White Martian, descends on National City intent on taking M’gann (guest star Sharon Leal) back to Mars to face her punishment as a traitor. Hank (David Harewood) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) determine the best way to keep M’gann safe is to bring her to the DEO. However, when it is revealed that Armek shape-shifted into M’gann and is now loose in the building, the team realize he could be disguised as any one of them. 

air date: 2/6/17

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 12: Luthors

After Metallo (guest star Frederick Schmidt) breaks out of prison and frees Lillian Luthor (guest star Brenda Strong), the police blame Lena (guest star Katie McGrath) for his escape and arrest her. Despite overwhelming evidence, Kara (Melissa Benoist) refuses to believe her friend is guilty and fights to clear Lena’s name. Flashbacks reveal how Lena came to be a Luthor.  Meanwhile, Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Maggie (Floriana Lima) celebrate their first Valentine’s Day together.

air date: 2/13/17

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 13: Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk

When Mr. Mxyzptlk (guest star Peter Gadiot), a magical imp, shows up on Earth and declares his love for Kara (Melissa Benoist), she tries to let him down easy, thinking him harmless. However, he decides it’s a challenge and starts to wreak havoc on National City.  Mon-El (Chris Wood) has seen beings like Mr. Mxyzptlk on Daxam and knows how dangerous they can be.  He and Kara argue over how to get rid of Mr. Mxyzptlk, further straining their relationship.  Meanwhile, Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Maggie (Floriana Lima) celebrate their first Valentine’s Day together.

air date: 2/20/17

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Supergirl Season 2 Episode 14: Homecoming

When Jeremiah Danvers (guest star Dean Cain) is rescued from Cadmus, Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Kara (Melissa Benoist) are thrilled to have their father back. The Danvers arrange a family dinner to celebrate but things go awry when a suspicious Mon-El (Chris Wood) starts to question Jeremiah about his sudden return.

air date: 2/27/17

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 15: Exodus

As Alex (Chyler Leigh) searches for Jeremiah (guest star Dean Cain) and Kara (Melissa Benoist) investigates a series of alien kidnappings, the sisters realize they must break the rules to foil a new Cadmus plot. In an effort to get Snapper Carr (guest star Ian Gomez) to run a story that would help her stop Cadmus, Kara agrees to set up an interview between Snapper and Supergirl.

air date: 3/6/17

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 16: Star-Crossed

A new villain (guest star Teri Hatcher) comes to National City, putting Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) on high alert.  Meanwhile, Winn’s (Jeremy Jordan) girlfriend, Lyra (guest star Tamzin Merchant), gets Winn in trouble with the law.  Maggie (guest star Floriana Lima) attempts to help Winn but old loyalties get in the way.  The Music Meister (Darren Criss) attacks Supergirl.

air date: 3/20/17

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 17: Distant Sun

A large bounty is put out on Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and aliens from far and near attack National City intent on taking out the woman of steel.  Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Maggie (Floriana Lima) run into Maggie’s ex-girlfriend, Emily (guest star Hayley Sales), who is in town for a week.  Hank (David Harewood) gets an interesting order from President Marsdin (guest star Lynda Carter).  Kevin Smith directed the episode written by Gabriel Llanas & Anna Musky-Goldwyn.

air date: 3/27/17

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 18: Ace Reporter

Lena’s (guest star Katie McGarth) ex-boyfriend, Jack Spheer (guest star Rahul Kohli), comes to National City to unveil his big breakthrough in nano-technology, which has the potential to eradicate all diseases.  Lena asks Kara to attend Jack’s conference with her for support.  When Kara sees Snapper (guest Star Ian Gomez) in attendance she’s inspired to tap back into her reporter skills and questions Jack on his discovery, which ultimately leads to a bigger investigation that puts everyone in danger.

air date: 4/24/17

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 19: Alex

Alex (Chyler Leigh) is kidnapped and the kidnapper threatens to kill her unless Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) releases a notorious criminal from prison.  Supergirl and Maggie (Floriana Lima) have always had different approaches to apprehending criminals but this time they must work together to save Alex.  Meanwhile, Rhea (guest star Teri Hatcher) has an interesting proposal for Lena (Katie McGrath).

air date: 5/1/17

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Supergirl Season 2 Episode 20: City of Lost Children

When an alien attacks National City, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and the DEO learn the alien is a Phorian, an otherwise peaceful race with telekinetic powers. Guardian (Mehcad Brooks) gets a lead on the Phorian’s address but instead of finding the culprit, he finds a very scared boy named Marcus (guest star ). Marcus will only trust James so it is up to Guardian to stop the attacks on the city. Rhea’s (Teri Hatcher) plan escalates. 

air date: 5/8/17

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 21: Resist

Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) grapples with whether or not to obey the President’s (guest star Lynda Carter) orders regarding Rhea’s (guest star Teri Hatcher) latest actions. Meanwhile, Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) returns to National City.

air date: 5/15/17

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 22: Nevertheless, She Persisted

Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) challenges Rhea (guest star Teri Hatcher) to battle to save National City.  Meanwhile, Superman (guest star Tyler Hoechlin) returns and Cat Grant (guest star Calista Flockhart) offers Supergirl some sage advice.

air date: 5/22/17

Supergirl Season 2 Cast and New Characters 

Supergirl is bringing some other old villains back with it! TV Line reports that we’ll see John “Metallo” Corben (Frederick Schmidt) again, and we haven’t had him around since the second episode of the year. 

It was also recently announced that Superman villain Mr. Mxyzptlk will be appearing on the show later this season. He’ll be played by Peter Gadiot. We have more details on that right here.

Superman will appear in (at least) the first two episodes of Supergirl Season 2. He’ll be played by Tyler Hoechlin. We have loads of details about what to expect from Superman and Clark Kent on the show right here.

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Longtime Superman supporting character Maggie Sawyer is coming to the show. Maggie is the head of the National City Science Police (the Science Police is a designation familiar to Legion of Super-Heroes fans, too). She’s described as “out and proud,” and she should be…she was one of mainstream comics first openly gay characters. According to THR, Floriana Lima (The Family) has been cast as Sawyer, who was first introduced in 1987 and became one of the first openly gay characters in mainstream comics. 

As if having Superman around isn’t enough, we’re going to get a member of the Luthor family on Supergirl Season 2! Katie McGrath (Merlin) will play Lena Luthor when the show returns in October.

TV Line (who broke the casting news) provided a pretty detailed description of what Lena is going to be about: 

Beautiful, powerful, and enigmatic, Lena arrives in National City on the heels of brother Lex’s incarceration hoping for a fresh start. Lena has taken over as CEO of her family’s billion-dollar-tech company, Luthor Corp, which has been tarnished by Lex’s evil infamy. Her goal? To re-brand the empire as a force for good. Lena wants to be seen as her own person, separate from her brother. Kara is drawn into Lena’s sphere and must determine if she is friend or foe.

This does somewhat beg the question of whether we’ll be seeing Lex this year, too. One at a time, folks…one at a time. 

But that’s only the start. TV Line has some new casting breakdowns, and they’re quite revealing.

Justice League supporting character Snapper Carr is coming to the CatCo newsroom, as well. He’s not a teen sidekick, though. In fact, he’s Kara’s new boss.

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Ian Gomez (Cougar Town) will play Snapper Carr, the new Editor-in-Chief of CatCo Magazine. Here’s some official character description, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly:

Snapper’s commitment to hard-hitting journalism pushes CatCo reporters to dig deeper in the pursuit of excellence. He’s a man who tells people what he thinks of them, and his no-holds barred approach pushes Kara (Melissa Benoist) in unexpected ways. 

Entertainment Weekly broke the news that Frederick Schmidt has been cast as John Corben/Metallo, who will appear in at least two episodes of Supergirl Season 2 (including the premiere). Corben was a shady character who, after sustaining horrific injuries, ends up with a Kryptonite-powered Cyborg body. The character has been menacing the DC Universe in various incarnations since 1959. He somehow hasn’t made his way to the big screen yet, but has made appearances on small screen Superman adventures like The Adventures of Superboy and Smallville.

There’s also The Doctor…”the diabolical leader of Project Cadmus who uses her surgical skills to implant prisoners with alien technology.” TV Line speculates that this is actually Serling Roquette.

But then there’s a mystery character, going by the name of “Nick Farrow” on the breakdown. Farrow is a “brash leading man” and “the son of a famous reporter” who is “looking to make a name for himself in the news world but the question of whether he can leave behind his former selfish and hedonistic ways will constantly arise. In hanging out with Kara, the hero in Nick might finally come out.” Sometimes these don’t have real character names on there, so is Nick Farrow a cover for another DC superhero?

Other characters have been teased as well, including the idea of original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter as the President of the United States. They also hinted at the prospects of Kon-El, Superboy, becoming a possible factor via Cadmus.

Well, the mystery of the Supergirl season one finale cliffhanger has been solved, as has the mystery of who The Vampire Diaries‘ Chris Wood is playing. It’s not a tremendous surprise, but here it is…

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The occupant of that other Kryptonian escape pod is none other than Mon-El. Mon-El isn’t really a member of the House of El, and is in fact from the planet Daxam, a world with beings who have power levels comparable to those of Kryptonians. Essentially, imagine this scenario: you’re on an intergalactic vacation, you land on Krypton, only for some nut named Jor-El to tell you to get the hell out of there because the planet is about to explode, and he gives you directions to Earth instead. You get out of there, only to lose your memory in transit, and wake up on a world where you have the same powers as two people with the same last name as the last person you saw: the solution? You’re their brother, of course!

Anyway, Mon-El’s real name is Lar Gand, and he eventually became a longstanding member of the Legion of Super-Heroes, a super team that absolutely exists in this show’s continuity as we saw in the episode “Solitude.” I promise to write much, much more about Mon-El in the coming weeks.

Oh, and here’s something else to consider: Chris Wood is a Supergirl Season 2 series regular, so we’re going to be seeing a lot of Mon-El. This is so cool. But then again, so is this…

And as if that isn’t enough, we’re also going to meet M’gann M’orzz, known to comic book fans (and especially Young Justice animated series fans) as Miss Martian. Sharon Leal has been cast in the role.  

M’gann is a White Martian (remember that scary one from the episode that finally revealed Hank Henshaw’s true nature?) who masquerades as a Green Martian, and is a powerhouse like J’onn J’onzz. Between Supergirl, Martian Manhunter, Mon-El, and Miss Martian, the power levels on this show are going to be asburd this season!

In other recent news, Entertainment Weekly reports that Brenda Strong has joined the cast in a recurring role.

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Supergirl Season 2 Trailer

And now you can get your first look at Superman in action, in the first actual footage from the CW’s second season of Supergirl.

This is almost certainly not footage from the Supergirl season 2 premiere episode. Instead, it’s just a neat showcase of the character’s power, specifically flight. Remember when Arrow did that cool Flash teaser with Barry running in to catch Ollie’s arrow in mid-flight? Think of it like that.

This probably means we’re going to get a proper trailer with some footage really soon, though. We’ve seen much more from The FlashArrow, and Legends of Tomorrow than we have from Supergirl so far. Expect that to change.

Supergirl Season 2 Story

So, these “official season synopses” that the CW released today for their superhero shows have all been maddeningly vague, but there’s at least a few little details to get excited about tucked away in each. And the one for Supergirl Season 2 is no exception…

When she was 12 years old, Kara Zor-El escaped the doomed planet Krypton and was sent to earth where she was protected and raised by her foster parents, Jeremiah (Dean Cain) and Eliza Danvers (Helen Slater) and her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh). Under their supervision, Kara learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin, Superman, in order to keep her identity a secret.

Years later, Kara was living a “normal” life in National City, assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) and working beside her friend and IT technician Winslow “Winn” Schott (Jeremy L. Jordan) and famous photographer James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), who Grant hired away from Metropolis’s Daily Planet. When Alex’s life was

threatened in a plane crash, Kara took to the sky to rescue her. In the aftermath, Kara decided she could no longer sit on the sidelines and came out as Supergirl. She now balances her job at CatCo with her work at the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), a super-secret government agency where Alex also works. At first, the head of the DEO, Hank Henshaw

(David Harewood), was resistant to Supergirl joining the DEO, until it was revealed that Hank was actually J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter, who had promised Jeremiah Danvers on his deathbed that he would protect both Alex and Kara. It has since been discovered that Jeremiah is actually alive and being held by Cadmus, a dangerous quasi-military organization that sees all aliens as threats. In Season One, Supergirl soared fighting crime and battling various villains, chief among them two Kryptonians who were intent on destroying earth, but she has yet to find that same empowerment as Kara Danvers.

Now, in Season Two, Kara has left the safety of being Cat Grant’s assistant in order to figure out what she really wants to do, while as Supergirl she continues to work at the DEO., protecting the citizens of National City and searching for Jeremiah and Cadmus. Along the way, she will team up with Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) to battle new villains, as she strives to balance her personal life with her life as a superhero.

Supergirl Season 2 Crossovers

We also know that we will be getting a four-way crossover between Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrowon The CW this year, but will that include the newly-cast Superman, set to appear in Supergirlseason 2?…

Probably not. There are already enough characters to pack into that crossover without adding recurring ones — but that doesn’t mean this Facebook photo of Stephen Amell in his street clothes and Tyler Hoechlin in his Superman costume doesn’t still make us think about what is possible in the ever-growing Arrow-verse…

We’ll update this article with more information as we get it.