A while back, when ‘Supergirl’ was still airing on CBS, there was a tiny Easter Egg in one episode that hinted at the existence of the Legion of Superheroes, namely a Legion Flight Ring contained within the Fortress of Solitude. In the comics, both Supergirl and Superman, when he was a teenager, going by the name Superboy, were (thanks to the miracle of time travel) members of the 31st Century alliance of adolescents from across the universe.
Fans wondered when this Easter Egg would pay off, but sadly, it looks as though either it won’t or not for the foreseeable future. One member of the Legion, Mon-El (Chris Wood) has already been introduced on ‘Supergirl’ although his origin was slightly tweaked and he is based in the present. (As he was in the comics originally.) Now another member is joining the show in a recurring role, but once more seems to have originated in the present– Saturn Girl.
Bollywood star Amy Jackson has been cast as the comic book character. The character is described as “a kind, smart, and strong-willed hero who uses her telekinetic ability to help those in need. She was born on Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, and arrives on Earth to help Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) battle one of her biggest threats.” She joins the Martian Manhunter (David Harewood) and M’Gann M’Orzz (a.k.a. Miss Martian, Sharon Leal), two other allies from elsewhere in this solar system.
Though she was born in the United Kingdom, Jackson has become a huge star in India with several films to her credit. She most recently appeared in the comedic horror movie ‘Abhinetri’. She will next be seen in ‘2.0’ the sequel to the hit sci-fi movie ‘Robot’ and in the British romance ‘Boogie Man’. She is also an accomplished model. ‘Supergirl’ marks her first acting job for American audiences.
In the comics, Saturn Girl is Imra Ardeen from Titan. The character on the show is listed as telekinetic, but in the comics, she is actually telepathic. Saturn Girl was one of the three original Legionnaires along with Lightning Lad and Cosmic Boy. Alexz Johnson played the character on an episode of ‘Smallville’. Animated versions of Saturn Girl have appeared on ‘Superman: The Animated Series’ as well as a short-lived ‘Legion of Super Heroes’ cartoon.
If ‘Supergirl’ is moving toward introducing the rest of the Legion, no official statement has been made. But last January, DC CCO Geoff Johns announced that the Legion would be making an appearance on one of their shows and Saturn Girl makes two on ‘Supergirl’. Could more be coming down the pipeline? Would you like to see more on ‘Supergirl’? How do you feel about them not dwelling in the 30th (or 31st) Century?
Source: Entertainment Weekly