Supergirl has long been a feminist icon and season one certainly embraced that aspect of the character. Now in season two, the show has largely moved beyond its feminist roots and is more directly taking on current events. Speaking with CBR, Melissa Benoist, the woman who brings Supergirl to life, spoke about the effect current events have had on the show and her appreciation of it.
Reflecting on her participation in the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and the sign she sported during the event, Supergirl star Melissa Benoist said that event and its purpose really put things into perspective.
“It definitely became more meaningful to me, especially that day. I had always felt a sense of responsibility to young women and girls playing this role, and to be a good influence, and to represent strength and courage and ‘hope, help and compassion,’ which is Supergirl’s motto. Being at that march definitely lit a fire under my butt, so to speak.”
Not only did the Supergirl star have a fire “lit under her butt” but the show’s writers have also been more apt to tackle real-world issues as well, particularly with the use of Cadmus this season.
“I think what we’ve been doing on the show with Cadmus and their scary ideals, it does kind of mirror [current events],” Benoist said. “I’m really proud of our writers for taking the chance to do that. I hope we just keep going.”
Although Kara is currently not sporting the “reporter” title at the moment, Benoist acknowledges that part of her character and why it’s also important given the state of things.
“Kara’s a journalist, and the media right now is necessary for truth and honesty to come out,” Benoit said. “So Kara’s going to be playing a big part in that. Snapper Carr [Ian Gomez], too.”
Despite her break from reporting, Supergirl will return with an episode titled “Ace Reporter” on Monday, April 24 and we may see Kara return to embracing that part of her life.
Supergirl airs on Monday nights at 8/7c on The CW. Make sure to check back at Heroic Hollywood after every single episode of Season 2 for our weekly review.