‘Supergirl’ EP Greg Berlanti Talks Feedback To Alex’s LGBT Storyline

Supergirl Alex LGBT StorylineOne of the big storylines in Supergirl’s second season has been Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) exploring her sexuality as she came out as gay in the first half of the season. Throughout the first couple of episodes, she has been connecting with one of the new main characters, Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima) as the two have formed a powerful bond.

The relationship has had a huge impact on many viewers, particularly in the LGBT community and been well received by critics too. In a recent interview with DC TV show-runner Greg Berlanti, during the ongoing Television Critics Association Press Tour, he was asked about the feedback to the LGBT storyline. Berlanti was quite happy with the response as he described it as “emotionally rewarding” for him and the writers.

“Those were very effective, emotionally rewarding for us. We’re definitely aware internally. The actresses, we emailed with them about it. The people at the studio and the network, we kind of emailed around about it. It’s a very rewarded part. When we set off to do that, we didn’t know for sure how people would respond. It was something that we had always wanted to deal with with Alex’s character. We actually talked a little bit about it last year but didn’t feel like we had the real estate to do it justice. So it was one of the things we wanted to do this year.

Given the actresses, and their performance, and the writing of it, across the board, it’s been a really, really rewarding element and part of doing these shows for me right now… I’ve often said, I wish that I had had some of these kind of things when I was a kid. There were some dark hours for me when I was that age and a little older. It’s nice to be a part of that.”

Catch a trailer for the mid-season premiere of Supergirl which was directed by Kevin Smith, airing on January 23.

“Supergirl Lives” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, V) (HDTV)
KEVIN SMITH DIRECTS; ROULETTE RETURNS — Kara (Melissa Benoist) is moved by the story of a missing woman named Izzy (guest star Harley Quinn Smith) and decides to investigate despite Snapper Carr’s (guest star Ian Gomez) order to leave it alone. Kara takes Mon-El (Chris Wood) with her to the last place Izzy was seen and the duo find themselves thrust through a portal to another planet, Slaver’s Moon, where the downtrodden are sold as slaves. The leader of the trafficking ring is none other than Roulette (guest star Dichen Lachman). To make matters worse, Slaver’s Moon has a red sun, which means Kara and Mon-El are stripped of their powers and stuck on the planet with no way home. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Alex (Chyler Leigh) blames herself for Kara’s disappearance, fearing she’s become too focused on her new relationship with Maggie (guest star Floriana Lima) and too complacent in watching out for her sister. Kevin Smith directed the episode with story by Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Eric Carrasco & Jess Kardos (#209). Original airdate 1/23/2017.”

Supergirl Season 2 returns with new episodes on Monday, January 23 at 8/7c on The CW. Make sure to check back at Heroic Hollywood after every single episode of Season 3 for our weekly reviews.

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Source: Comic Book Resources

Andy Behbakht

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Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.