At the end of the ‘Supergirl’ Season Three finale, the action shifted to desolate Siberia, where a group of Russian soldiers respond to an alert only to find a woman wrapped only in a blanket– a woman that appears to be Kara! While fans have begun speculating online as to what this means, it appears that things are rather self-explanatory.
Supergirl and Reign are shown touching the Black Kryptonite or Harunel with an essence drifting off of them, before cutting to the Siberia scene. The “essence” took the form of a second Kara in Russia, which leads to the major storyline of this fall’s Season Four.
Executive producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller stated that this tale will be inspired by a popular comic book story, albeit one that starred Kara’s cousin Superman, not Supergirl.
Rovner: “For fans of the comics, I think they might recognize that the story we want to tell is inspired by the iconic DC Comics’ Red Son, which told an alternate origin story for Superman.”
Queller: “What happened if — as a baby — Superman landed in Russia and became a hero there instead of in America/ It’s an homage to that.”
‘Red Son’ was a three-issue prestige format Elseworlds miniseries written by Mark Millar, with art by Dave Johnson, Kilian Plunkett, Andrew Robinson and Walden Wong, which depicted a world where Kal-El’s rocket crashed in the Ukraine instead of Kansas, with Superman becoming a tool of Joseph Stalin and later political leader of the communist party, following Stalin’s death.
This past season, we already saw a parallel universe version of Kara, Over-Girl from Earth-X, who was twisted by the German Nazi party, who won World War II in their timeline. Now, it seems, we’ll see a communist version of the Girl of Steel.
Though ‘Red Son’ may inspire the upcoming storyline, there’s no way they can simply adapt it, as the story is too long and complex and includes alternate versions of Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern and more, and it takes place in the past, reinterpreting the events of the Cold War with the balance of power shifted almost totally to the side of the Soviets.
It is possible that ‘Supergirl’ Season Four could resume production in July, but Melissa Benoist is appearing on Broadway until August 4th. The CW has not announced when its shows will return, but it is known that ‘Supergirl’ is flying to Sunday nights at 8pm EST.
Source: TV Line