Supergirl season 5 has been given a new return date by The CW. The ArrowVerse series was set to return with a new episode later this month. However, the network has done some shuffling around and Melissa Benoist won't be suiting back up as the iconic DC Comics superhero until next month. But when the show does return, it will be with Benoist behind the camera as well.

The CW originally slotted Supergirl season 5 for a return on Sunday, April 26. Instead, the show will now come back a week later on May 3. The other previously announced ArrowVerse return dates remain in place for now. Batwoman will still be coming back on April 26, while The Flash season 6 and Legends of Tomorrow season 5 will both return on Tuesday, April 21. No specific reason for the change was revealed, but it may have something to do with the interrupted production schedule and how that will impact the rest of the season.

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The vast majority of TV shows have had to shut down production, given the current situation the world finds itself in. Both Batwoman and Supegirl shut down temporarily in mid-March. There is no word currently on when they will be able to resume filming. This has already had an impact on many shows, with the Supernatural series finale being delayed as a result, for example. Depending on how long the shutdown lasts, it could end up shortening Supergirl season 5's episode count. While The CW scrambles to sort out its schedule more dates are likely to shift.

Supergirl will be coming back with a new episode titled Deus Lex Machina. It will see Jon Cryer returning as Lex Luthor, for one. But more importantly, it will serve as Melissa Benoist's directorial debut on the series. The episode sees Lex as he proceeds to lay an intricate plan to bring Lena (Katie McGrath) closer to him, defeat Leviathan's latest attack, and pit Supergirl and team against Leviathan. It will also be revealed how Lex came into power after the Crisis on Infinite Earts crossover. Melissa Benoist. Lindsay Sturman cooked up the story for the episode, with Katie Rose Rogers Brooke Pohl writing the script.

The cast for the series also includes Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Nicole Maines, Andrea Brooks, Julie Gonzalo, Staz Nair, Azie Tesfai and David Harewood. Supergirl originated on CBS, but the network decided not to pick up the show following its first season. The CW had already found success with DC shows like Arrow and The Flash, so they picked up for season 2, which proved to be a good decision, as Kara Zor-El has been going strong ever since. The network also has Black Lightning on its roster, with Superman & Lois in the works for next season. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further updates are provided by The CW.

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