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  • Ability over Appearance:
    • Tyler Hoechlin, while still qualifying for Tall, Dark, and Handsome, lacks the musculature that Superman is famous for; with this being the first version of the mythos, ever, where Jimmy Olsen is both slightly taller and burlier than Clark Kent. Hoechlin however, nails the role and manages to pull off an excellent modernization of a friendly and optimistic Superman as well as an Adorkable Clark Kent without being too derivative of Christopher Reeve's benchmark portrayal. The performance on the whole has been extremely well received.
  • Acting for Two:
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    • Iddo Goldberg plays both Dr. Morrow and his creation Red Tornado (presumably Morrow took the Noonien Soong approach and modeled the robot after himself).
    • David Harewood plays both Hank Henshaw and J'onn J'onzz masquerading as the former.
    • Melissa Benoist played Kara and the Martian Manhunter disguised as Supergirl in "Blood Bonds" in the characters' ploy to trick Cat Grant. She also played Bizarro-Supergirl in "Bizarro." She also did double duty OverGirl and Supergirl in the 2017 Arrowverse crossover. In Season 4 she's doing Red Daughter & Kara at the same time.
    • Jeremy Jordan & Chyler Leigh played both their characters and the other White Martian disguised as said characters.
    • Erica Durance plays both Alura Zor-El (starting Season 3) and a disguise by Martian Manhunter using her likeness.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Nia Nal is a Transgender Woman like her actress Nicole Maines.
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  • Approval of God: Michael Rosenbaum, who portrayed Lex Luthor on Smallville, congratulated Jon Cryer for his performance of the character.
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  • Channel Hop: The second season moved to The CW from CBS due to budget issues.
  • Content Leak: The pilot was leaked in May of 2015, around the same time CBS took it up.
  • Creator Backlash:
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Melissa Benoist is three years older than Kara (biologically speaking).
    • Alex is supposed to be two years older than Kara (biologically speaking), but Chyler Leigh is six years older than Melissa Benoist. This makes her seven years older than her character is supposed to be, though she doesn't look it.
    • Flashbacks and dialogues suggest that Lena Luthor was born in 1992 or 1993 (she was 4 in '97), but Katie McGrath was born in 1983.
    • Going by the show's timeline, Lex Luthor should be in his late thirties to early forties (he looks to be at least in his mid teens during the same 1997 flashback with Lena), but is played in the present day by Jon Cryer, who is eighteen years older than McGrath and only five years younger than Brenda Strong who plays his mother.
  • Development Gag: According to Brandon Routh on Twitter, the "bulletproof coffee" Cat mentions in the third episode was used by writer Andrew Kreisberg after Routh's "obsessive" use of the term. Routh, of course, was a former Superman and stars as The Atom in the Legends of Tomorrow.
  • Disowned Adaptation: In the summer between seasons 3 and 4, it was announced that a major villain in the upcoming season would an adaptation of the DC character Agent Liberty, albeit a very different take on him. The character's original creator, Dan Jurgens, was not happy when he read the synopsis of how the character would be used.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
  • Executive Meddling: Actually Averted here. When it was pitched to bring in Superman for Season 2, they were actually betting on it not being approved, mostly due to the presumed idea that Warner Bros. didn't want characters who were in the DC Extended Universe showing up on TV. They were actually surprised that the WB actually liked the idea and signed on to it.
  • Fake American:
    • David Harewood is British in real life.
    • Canadian-born Italia Ricci counts as both this and Fake Irish (see following trope).
    • Katie McGrath may fall under this trope as McGrath is Irish while her character (Lena Luthor) is Lex Luthor's sister. However, Lena is adopted.
  • Fake Brit: The Hat speaks with a Cockney accent, but is played by American actor Louis Ozawa Changchien.
  • Fake Irish: Italian-Canadian actress Italia Ricci plays Irish-American Siobhan Smythe. Smythe's Irish heritage actually becomes a major plot point, as it does in the comics.
  • Hypothetical Casting:
    • While Melissa Benoist eventually owned the role, her runner-up Claire Holt was the fan-favorite.
    • Likewise, the fan-favorite to play her cousin Superman before Tyler Hoechlin's official casting was Tom Welling in a sort-of Role Reprisal from Smallville. Interestingly, Hoechlin was a fan-favorite to play Dick Grayson.
    • The announcement of both Esmé Bianco joining the cast and that Batwoman would appear in the Arrowverse the following season for the Crossover happened almost immediately that it led quite a number of fans to believe that she would play the character, especially since she's all "hush-hush" regarding her role. Turns out she played Kara's long-lost best friend from Krypton in a non crossover episode.
  • I Knew It!:
    • At least a few fans made the guess that "Hank Henshaw" is the Martian Manhunter based off of his red eyes, and that he didn't seem to be a cyborg. For that matter, him using his shapeshifting powers to dissuade Cat from thinking Kara is Supergirl.
    • Laura Vandervoort guest starring here had been predicted by quite a few fans way before the pilot even airs.
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  • Irony as She Is Cast:
    • Supergirl's disguise in the comics is a brown wig, and Melissa Benoist is naturally a brunette.
    • Before Tyler Hoechlin was officially cast as Superman, he was a fan-favorite to play Dick Grayson aka Nightwing (see above). In the comics, Dick got the idea of using the name "Nightwing" from Superman.
  • Network to the Rescue: After CBS was reluctant to renew the show for a second season due to the high budget, The CW took it up.
  • No Stunt Double: According to the end of this interview, Chyler Leigh did all of her (one) stunts.
  • The Other Darrin: From Season 3 onwards, Erica Durance took over from Laura Benanti for the role of Alura Zor-El,note  due to irreconcilable scheduling conflicts from Benanti.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Glenn Morshower is no stranger to military roles, but the Jerkass anti-Kryptonian General Lane is a far cry from his typical forthright, honorable characters.
    • Ian Gomez plays a crusty, misanthropic reporter, in quite a shock to anyone who remembers certain previous roles of his.
    • Jerkass Colonel James Harper is a lot different than the lovable characters Eddie McClintock plays on Warehouse 13 and Bones.
    • Also for those who are familiar with Jeremy Jordan's work on Broadway, it can be quite a shock seeing him play the Adorkable Winn, compared to the roles of the Casanova Jack Kelly, and Jerkass Woobie Jamie Wellerstein he has played before.
    • Tyler Hoechlin's earnest, light-hearted, likeable Clark Kent/Superman is completely different from broody, angsty, violent Derek Hale.
  • Playing Gertrude:
    • Laura Benanti is only nine years older than her on-screen daughter Melissa Benoist. This would be justified by Alura dying when Kara was a child, if Benanti didn't also play Alura's twin sister Astra. Then again, Kryptonians age more slowly than humans, so that probably justifies it. Also, Astra was trapped in the Phantom Zone much earlier than Kara.
    • Her successor is only a year older than her.
    • Clark is supposed to be physically 'older' than Kara by 13 years. Tyler Hoechlin is only a year older than Melissa Benoist. This is lampshaded in the show; he justifies it by stating the Kryptonians age slowly explanation above.
  • Playing Their Own Twin: Alura and her twin sister General Astra are played by Laura Benanti. Since Erica Durance is the The Other Darrin to Benanti starting Season 3, it's likely that she'll also play Astra in potential flashbacks.
  • Playing with Character Type: Katie McGrath inverts her Star-Making Role on Merlin (2008). There, she was the evil scheming sister of a benevolent prince, trying to seize power from him. Here, she's the sister of a notorious villain and inherits his empire naturally, trying to prove to everyone that she is not the villain.
  • Production Posse:
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Melissa Benoist's real-life ex-husband played Adam Foster, Kara's Third-Option Love Interest (they were married at the time).
    • If being part of The Multiverse counts, then Italia Ricci's real-life husband (fiancee at the time of her debut) Robbie Amell plays Ronnie Raymond on The Flash (2014). Amell is also part of Greg Berlanti's Production Posse.
    • In the Brazilian dub for the second season, Kara and Alex are voiced, respectively, by Mariana Torres and Adriana Torres, who are sisters in real life.
    • In the Filipino dub, James and Alex's voice actors are married in real life.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • Astra was killed off in episode 13 as Laura Benanti had a Broadway commitment.
    • From Season 2 onwards, Cat Grant will be a recurring character instead of main; Calista Flockhart lives in Los Angeles and is reluctant to move to Vancouver, which the shift from CBS to CW would require. Of course, given her previous reluctance to work outside Los Angeles at all, it's fortuitous she's not leaving the show completely. It has been speculaed the same happened with Peter Facinelli (Maxwell Lord).
    • Kara and James abruptly deciding they're Better as Friends in Season 2 is because Mehcad Brooks had waffled for a while on whether he'd stay on the show, and they didn't want him to walk off with the romance unresolved.
    • Alex and Maggie breaking up is due to Floriana Lima's decision to leave the show.
    • The reasoning why the actual Hank Henshaw / Cyborg Superman hasn't been seen since Season 2's "Nevertheless, She Persisted" was because of David Harewood's disdain over the character.
    • Clark Kent has not helped with Reign's situation since Warner Bros seems to dislike that the films and the series share characters.
    • Broadway bit the show again in Season 4 with Melissa Benoist herself having a commitment to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Thus, early in the season Earth's atmosphere is infused with Kryptonite and Kara is forced to constantly wear a full body suit, allowing someone else to physically play the role while she dubs in the dialogue.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • Kara's insecurity about being in Superman's shadow and wanting to make her own name as a hero nicely mirrors what the show itself is trying to do.
    • David Harewood playing a Fake American. Because his character is one too.
    • During their first encounter, Indigo makes a Badass Boast to Kara that she's the reason the latter is "here [on Earth, alive] right now". Laura Vandervoort's stint as Supergirl is generally believed to be what kick-started the character's resurgence in relevance and popularity which ultimately led to the creation of this show.
    • In "Myriad" Cat complains about how Harrison Ford keeps asking her out, despite her not being into older men. Calista Flockhart is married to Ford, who's 23 years her senior. Even better, at this point Flockhart is around the same age as Ford was when they first started dating.
    • Kara and Adam parting ways becomes this in hindsight after Melissa Benoist and Blake Jenner's divorce in Real Life a year later.
      • However, Kara and Mon-El's relationship also becomes this in hindsight now that Melissa and Chris Wood are engaged.
  • Recycled Set: The Kent Farm is the same one that was used for Smallville.
  • Referenced by...: In the MMORPG RuneScape, during the limited-time Dune Fractures event, there were characters named Assistant Kara and Cat Craft.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Andrew Kreisberg was fired from his role as producer and show-runner on November 10, 2017 after numerous allegations of sexual harassment over his career came to light.
  • Romance on the Set: Melissa Benoist (Kara) and Chris Wood (Mon-El) who play love interests in the show started dating in 2017 and got engaged in 2019.
  • "Take That!" Tit-for-Tat: The Incredibles famously had Edna announce "NO CAPES!", which could be seen as a 'Take That!' on DC Comics, the creator of superheroes wearing capes. In several DC works since then, they have found ways to justify wearing capes, like in Supergirl when Winn initially dismisses capes as tacky, but then goes back on his reservations because, actually, they provide better aerodynamics to help Supergirl fly faster and more agilely. Later, at the time of release of Incredibles 2, Mon-El weaponizes the cape of his red and blue suit, and teaches Kara how to do so, too.
  • Too Soon: The fourth episode, "How Does She Do It?" was originally going to be aired on November 16, 2015, but it was switched with the fifth episode, "Livewire," due to the bombings and terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015, as the fourth episode involved Kara saving National City from a series of bombings. Subsequent re-airings play the episodes in the intended order.
  • Troubled Production: Season 3 was derailed halfway through by numerous sexual harassment accusations against writer and producer Andrew Kreisberg. He was fired after an investigation, but the show was left in the awkward position of being partway through a story that he'd been the major brain behind, which everyone was naturally not comfortable at all with continuing (plus this would mean they'd still need to pay him for the story ideas). Thus, the second half of the season suffered very noticeably from the remaining writing crew trying their hardest to pull an alternate second half of the story out of their ass, often being very obvious about it.
  • Typecasting:
    • Glenn Morshower is playing a military man for the umpteenth time.
    • Jay Jackson is playing a news reporter for the umpteenth time.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Claire Holt was the runner-up for the role of Kara Danvers before Melissa Benoist was cast.
    • David Harewood was originally supposed to portray Hank Henshaw as an eventual villain. But while filming the pilot, the producers noted that he could have played the Martian Manhunter, and Geoff Johns convinced the rest to rewrite their plans for his character. In the second season, he gets to play both.
    • Greg Berlanti actually wanted to have Laura Vandervoort much earlier but she couldn't because of her commitment to Bitten (she plays The Hero there). After shooting that series' Grand Finale, she was finally able to appear.
    • Brent Spiner was originally cast as President Baker in Season 4 but had a scheduling conflict, and was replaced with Bruce Boxleitner, incidentally creating a quite fun irony with his role in Babylon 5.
    • A two-fer with the move to Canada for filming. If they hadn't moved, then Cat Grant would have probably stayed on through season 2 (Calista Flockhart nigh-exclusively shooting in LA), but they probably wouldn't have got Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor (as an Irish citizen, it would be a lot harder to be able to work in the US for a long-term project with an unknown end date like a TV show is.)
    • Jeremy Jordon was supposed to return as Winn for an undisclosed number of season 4 episodes in a recurring capacity but scheduling prevented it from happening, though its still being planned for season 5
  • The Wiki Rule: Supergirl Wiki
  • You Look Familiar:
    • Since this show is eventually confirmed as part of the Arrowverse's Multiverse, then Jemm's actor Charles Halford also played Chas Chandler on Constantine until its cancellation.
    • Lionel Luthor's actor, Ian Butcher, also played a minor villain in Arrow Season 2.

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