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The CW’s hit show Supergirl returns to US screens tonight for the opening episode of Season 2. This new series features a number of key changes – most notable among them is the cameo by Tyler Hoechlin as Superman and the change of Calisto Flockart’s Cat Grant from a primary cast member to a recurring character only. Less obvious to viewers, but a change nonetheless, is the switch of production locations from Los Angeles in the USA to Vancouver in Canada – a move producers say will allow for bigger and better location shots in forthcoming seasons.
‘It would’ve started to feel very small if we continued in L.A.,’ said Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg, speaking to Entertainment Weekly. ‘That was one of the reasons that we made the decision to move it to Vancouver, so that we could get scope, so we could go out in the streets. It might be a little rainy once in awhile, we might be seeing her breath every once awhile, but it’s going to be worth it because the show is actually going to feel bigger.’
Kreisberg said shooting in L.A. put a financial strain on production, limiting the show’s options. ‘We couldn’t afford to do all the visual effects and go on location, so there were a lot of episodes towards the end of last season where we never left the lot, so we weren’t even getting the benefit of being in Los Angeles. I would rather be overcast and thus have the ability to go out into some streets, and make this show feel huge and cinematic.’
Since the CW’s other DC TV shows Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow are also shot in Vancouver, this will make crossovers between the four shows easier.
However, due to the change in filming location, Cat Grant actor Calista Flockhart will return only as a recurring guest star rather than a core cast member as in previous seasons. She struck this new deal with Warner Bros. and producers so she could remain in L.A.
Speaking to IndieWire, Executive Producer Greg Berlanti said, ‘We’re trying to get her for at least six episodes this year, and she’s in the first two episodes. We’re just trying to see when she can come back now.’
Season 2 of the show airs in the US tonight at 8pm Eastern Time on The CW. The first episode sees Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) team up with her famous cousin Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) to stop a new threat to National City. Watch the official trailer below.