Supergirl’s “Man Of Steel” Episode Isn’t Actually About Superman

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If you’ve been on the Supergirl bandwagon for some time, then you no doubt remember how its first season showed Superman only in silhouette, or gave glimpses of his boots while the rest of his figure lied off camera. Fortunately, Tyler Hoechlin suited up as the Last Son of Krypton at the top of the show’s sophomore year, thus forcing us all to stop rolling our eyes whenever the character made a “cameo.”

On the downside, that iteration of Big Blue hasn’t been seen since season 2’s finale, but our attention was grabbed when word got out that an upcoming episode for this fall had been titled “Man of Steel,” as everyone naturally assumed that’d serve as his return.

Well, in reality, that title’s been bestowed in an ironic sense, for the newest big bad, Agent Liberty, will be the focus of said installment instead. Furthermore, we’ll learn of his origin, as the following synopsis confirms:

XANDER BERKELEY GUEST STARS IN THE ORIGIN STORY OF AGENT LIBERTY — Ben Lockwood (Sam Witwer) didn’t always hate aliens. Through a series of incidents, and input from his anti-alien father (guest star Xander Berkeley), Ben slowly transforms from a mild-mannered professor into the villainous Agent Liberty of today. Jesse Warn directed the episode written by Rob Wright & Derek Simon (#403). Original airdate 10/28/2018

If you tuned in for last night’s premiere, then you saw Agent Liberty featured in only a limited capacity – but he’s a tremendously bad dude. And if one thing’s for certain, it’s that Sam Witwer’s one hell of an actor, so I’m very much looking forward to whatever’s on the way.

Getting back to Superman himself, though, and it’s worth sharing that he’ll be showing up slightly further down the road in this December’s “Elseworlds” crossover. In fact, he’s bringing a stylish black costume with him, too, so we’ll be sure to keep you posted on that front as we learn more.

Supergirl airs on Sunday nights on The CW, with “Man of Steel” set to debut on October 28th.

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