Supergirl has the unique distinction of being conceived outside the current crop of television series based around DC Comics. Having premiered on CBS last fall, the Girl of Steel has weathered many ups and down getting its footing, but the first season’s finale showed great potential, concluding with a cliffhanger that left fans clamoring for more. Just as Kara seems to be settling into a ‘normal’ life, she comes across a crashed pod with some definite Kryptonian features.
That pod was later confirmed to contain none other than Mon-El, a Daxamite (descendant from Kryptonian colonies) with a similar power set to Superman and Supergirl. And with Supergirl making its way over to the CW network for its sophomore outing (with the promise of many a crossover with The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow), potential just keeps increasing. Taking the role of Mon-El is Vampire Diaries alum Chris Wood, but beyond that, little is known about the sort of role he will play come premiere time. So it should come as no surprise that when producer Andrew Kreisberg sat down with Collider recently, a few details managed to slip, particularly those dealing with the dynamic Mon-El will have with Kara.
“He’s on Earth and everything he knew was lost, just the way it was for Kara, but she’s had 12 years to process it and he’s struggling with it.”
Kreisberg also suggest a mentor-like role for Kara, using her words.
“I was sent to Earth not to be a hero. I wasn’t sent here to be Supergirl. I was sent here to protect Clark and take care of Clark. Now, in an odd way, with Mon-El here, I’m getting to fulfill that original mission that I had.”
With the inclusion of both Mon-El and Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman, it’s a sure bet Supergirl won’t suffer from a lack of powered beings. It’ll certainly be interesting to see what kind of spin Kreisberg and company put on these icons. But what about the human characters? Kreisberg also confirms the return of Calista Flockhart’s Cat Grant whose role was uncertain following the network switch which resulted in production relocating from Los Angeles to Vancouver. Said Kreisberg:
“Well, she’s in the first two episodes and we’re talking to her about doing more. It’s funny because, from our perspective, we thought she wouldn’t do any. And it’s not because she doesn’t love the show. She’s such a huge fan of the show, but moving to Vancouver, we assumed that we would part as friends. But she’s so into the show and feels such an allegiance and a responsibility to it that she’s agreed to come back, so we’re very happy.”
Sounds as though certain details haven’t quite been worked out yet, which may come as something of a disappointment to those who really enjoyed Flockhart’s role. Still, the producers have worked out a temporary solution: Snapper Carr, played by Cougar Town‘s Ian Gomez.
“We’re not focusing on what we don’t have. We’re focusing on what we do have, and it’s allowed us to have Ian Gomez, who’s playing Snapper Carr, come in, in a more supervisory capacity, which is fun. Kara has spent two years of her life learning to deal with Cat Grant’s idiosyncrasies, foibles, short temper and mixed signals, and just when she finally got that down, she’s now introduced to a new boss who’s very different, has his own thing, and isn’t quite as impressed by her spunk as Cat always was, even if Cat wouldn’t admit it.”
Only time will tell whether or not Flockhart will return for good, or if Gomez is a permanent edition to the CW mythos. Regardless, fans should have plenty to enjoy when Supergirl premieres on Monday Oct. 10.