Although there are plenty of great female characters on comic book shows and even two other headliners, ‘Jessica Jones’ on Netflix about a former superhero and ‘Agent Carter’ on ABC, CBS’ ‘Supergirl’ is the only current female costumed superhero headlining her own show. After proving ato be ratings success, ‘Supergirl’ may open the door for more of DC’s female characters to appear on prime time.
The show already focuses on Supergirl herself, a.k.a. Kara Danvers played by Melissa Benoist and also prominently features her sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) and hardnosed boss Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) as well as recurring character Lucy Lane (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) who is something of a romantic rival.
Now that CBS has picked up the show for an additional nine episodes, producers are seeking to dig even further into DC’s sandbox for potential guest stars. The first new addition is Italia Ricci who will portray the villain Silver Banshee. Now it seems that more female comic book characters may find themselves in National City… but will they be friends or foes?
When asked if more female super beings would pop up on the show, executive producer Ali Adler responded:
“We’re actually doing that now in our backorder from CBS, so we’re actually working on that right now. Absolutely. There might be a little twist to that too… These are all very good questions. Yes.”
There are literally countless potential candidates. Characters like Martian Manhunter, Red Tornado and the non-powered Cameron Chase played by Emma Caulfield are characters that are not normally associated with Supergirl in the comics, yet there they are. And on ‘Arrow’ they plucked super obscure Firestorm supporting character Felicity Smoak and made her a crucial part of the show and a more popular character in general than many of DC’s spandex-clad champions.
There had previously been rumors that the last few episodes of ‘Supergirl’ would deal with the arrival of hundreds of Kryptonian citizens, which would mirror a storyline from the ‘Superman’ and ‘Supergirl’ comics from a few years ago, before the New 52 relaunch.
That storyline saw the introduction of a mysterious new figure who called herself Superwoman. Adler mentioned a “little twist” and that certainly describes Superwoman in the comics, whose true identity was concealed… and upon its discovery proved to be quite a bombshell. Considering the current state of affairs on ‘Supergirl’, this plot twist would certainly work and would prove to be quite shocking on TV as well.
What characters from the DCU would you like to see on ‘Supergirl’?
‘Supergirl’ returns with new episodes on January 4th, 2016.
Source: Screen Rant