In the Supergirl episode Welcome Back, Kara!, Supergirl explicitly states that the Fortress is the same one Kal-el uses, but from all visual indications it's clearly not. Her version is more decorated, more open and spacious, and prominently displays Kryptonian technology, whereas the set they use on Superman and Lois is quite sparse by comparison and has a similar but distinctly different "look-and-feel" to it.

It seems like it has to be intentional; if both shows are being made by the same studio, (which they are, and both are filmed in Vancouver, BC to boot,) it would not only improve consistency to re-use the established set, it would save money too! But they went and built an entirely new one for Superman and Lois.

Do we have any explanation for this?

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    I don't get the downvote. This is a good question.
    – Sandun
    Aug 26, 2021 at 9:55
  • Not sure why but my suspicion is that the "look/vibe" of Supergirl is significantly different from that of Superman and Lois...so they don't want the fortresses to look the same. Certainly there are arguments to be made that they should re-use the set...**if** that is they are actual physical sets and not CGI.
    – Paulie_D
    Aug 26, 2021 at 11:19
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    Screenrant asked the same question - screenrant.com/…
    – Paulie_D
    Aug 26, 2021 at 11:20
  • @Paulie_D Good to see I'm not the only one noticing this. As for physical vs CGI, the actors on Supergirl physically interact with the sets often enough that at least a fair amount of it has to be real. Aug 26, 2021 at 11:39
  • Other than "a woman's touch," I can't account for the differences. However, I'm not sure that the storylines in Supergirl and Superman and Lois are supposed to be contemporary. When Superman has appeared in episodes of Supergirl in the past, I don't recall any mention of his marriage to Lois or the twins. This may have been affected by the Crisis storyline reset, though.
    – RobJarvis
    Aug 27, 2021 at 20:38


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