Kevin Smith has directed quite a few episodes of Supergirl, so it's no surprise that he's familiar with the show's cast and crew. Even so, the director was seemingly impressed by how much The CW has embraced his involvement during a recent visit to Supergirl's production offices. In fact, he even found a great reference to his film Mallrats hanging out by a paper shredder. Take a look.

Kevin Smith seemed thrilled to see the sign about the paper shredder, which is a spin on the quote Mallrats character Brodie delivers about escalators. In the film, Jason Lee's character talks about accidents with children and escalators and theorizes most of them could be avoided if children are taught by their parents how dangerous they can be. The same is apparently true for paper shredders at the Supergirl production offices, which now has us wondering if there's been any crew members injured by that paper cutter before that sign was put up.

This isn't the first time the Supergirl staff has given Kevin Smith the feeling he's amongst friends, as the crew banded together to give him a custom-made jersey following his massive heart attack. It's the little things like this that keep Smith --who is always busy with something -- coming back season after season to direct more episodes. Smith has spoken in the past about his love for the Arrow-verse and working on the shows, and credited a lot of what makes it fun to the people on staff. Of course, it also helps that he gets to tell the stories of fictional characters he's long idolized, an honor he has yet to receive on the big screen.

For those wondering what Kevin Smith is doing in the Supergirl production offices, the director is gearing up to start shooting an episode for Season 4. The episode will be his fourth director credit for Supergirl, and the seventh episode he has directed in total for the Arrow-verse franchise. Smith teased a bit of what his upcoming episode will explore in a tweet following the paper shredder sign picture, which showed a mask:

The mask appears to be the same one worn by new character Agent Liberty in the Supergirl Season 4 trailer. Actor Sam Witwer responded to the tweet saying it "looked familiar," which more or less confirmed who the mask belonged to, especially considering he's playing the new big bad. It appears as though Smith might be in charge of a pretty important episode for the season, although we probably shouldn't expect any Mallrats references to make it into an actual episode.

Supergirl returns for Season 4 on The CW Sunday, October 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Keep tabs on what other shows are headed to television in the near future by visiting our fall premiere guide.

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