Supergirl is getting a super boost for its launch on the CW. After a ton of references and a few fleeting glimpses of Superman in Season 1, the Man of Steel will be appearing in the flesh in the opening episodes of the superhero series’ upcoming second season as it moves from CBS to the CW.

Casting is underway for an actor to play the iconic DC Comics character in the first two episodes on Supergirl‘s second season, visiting his cousin Kara (Melissa Benoist) in National City. It is unclear if Superman will appear in further episodes, but given his close ties with Kara, that appears likely.

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“Greg, Ali and I are beyond thrilled to welcome Clark Kent and his slightly-more-famous alter ego to the world of Supergirl,” said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, who co-created the series with fellow exec producers Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler. “We cannot wait to see who next dons the red cape.”

Kreisberg’s comment indicates that a new actor will take on the role, previously played by Tom Welling on TV in Smallville and currently by Henry Cavill on the big screen. 

Supergirl‘s producers had said that they intentionally did not feature Superman on the first season of Supergirl to not distract from the focus of the series, Kara. Supergirl already teamed up with another famous DC superhero, The Flash, in an episode last season.

The second season of Supergirl will air in the series’ previous CBS time slot if Monday 8 PM.