With ‘Supergirl’ moving to The CW for its second season, one thing that fans expected was a slashed budget, most likely leading to fewer recurring characters, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. The show is actually looking to add more new characters including Lena Luthor, the younger sister of Superman’s arch enemy Lex, Maggie Sawyer and Snapper Carr. As we saw in Season One, the show takes some liberties with its comic-based characters, most notably
Jimmy James Olsen, who was reinterpreted as a sexy man of action. How will the show portray these other comic book characters?
This is the description of Lena Luthor:
Lena Luthor, who will be in the 25-35 year old range, arrives in town to get out from under the shadow of her infamous brother. She’s described as sexy and smart and determined to get what she wants. But what does she want? That remains unclear.
Lena Luthor will be a series regular, meaning she will appear in every episode (or at least most).
The show is also introducing another series regular, a “brash leading man” named Nick Farrow, the son of a famous reporter who comes to work at CatCo. where he finds himself butting heads with Kara. He is described as “looking to make a name for himself in the news world but the question of whether he can leave behind his former selfish and hedonistic ways will constantly arise. In hanging out with Kara, the hero in Nick might finally come out.”
To my knowledge, Nick Farrow is not a comic book character, but does the introduction of a new “leading man” mean that the show is ditching James (Mehcad Brooks) or Winn (Jeremy Jordan)?
In addition to these two roles, ‘Supergirl’ is adding three new recurring characters. The first is simply listed a The Doctor, a sinister new villain. This female character is the leader of Project Cadmus and uses her surgical prowess to implant alien technology into prisoners. Though she isn’t named, The Doctor could turn out to be Serling Roquette, a teenage genius who works for Cadmus in the comics was adapted on the ‘Young Justice’ animated series. Though Roquette is sarcastic and abrasive at times, she isn’t a villain, so it could be someone else.
Also joining the cast is Snapper Carr, who on the show is a veteran journalist whom Cat places in charge of retooling CatCo.’s news division by “going old school.” In the comics, Snapper Carr was the teenage hepcat sidekick of the Justice League in the 60s. He has appeared in various other media, including on the animated ‘Justice League’ on which he was a TV news reporter/talk show host. Most likely, this casting is more in keeping with his ‘Justice League’ depiction and it sounds as if he will be a much older character than his original comic book incarnation.
And finally, ‘Supergirl’ is casting Maggie Sawyer, a character created for ‘Superman: The Animated Series’ and like Harley Quinn on ‘Batman:TAS’, was so popular, she was brought into the comics. On ‘Supergirl’, Sawyer will be the head of the newly-formed Science Police, which will deal with metahuman and alien threats.
Maggie Sawyer is notable for being an out lesbian, a fact that was even included on ‘Superman:TAS’ which was ostensibly for kids, on which she was shown with a female partner. In the comics, she eventually got engaged to Kate Kane/Batwoman, but DC Comics nixed them actually tying the knot because they felt it aged the characters too much. Maggie will also be out on ‘Supergirl’.
As we previously reported, ‘Supergirl’ Season Two will also introduce Superman as an actual character, versus the cameos in Season One. Also expect a four-way crossover with ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’ and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’.
What do you think about these new additions? Are you looking forward to shakeups on this series?