The second season of Supergirl concluded with the revelation that another pod had been sent to Earth before Krypton was destroyed, which was later revealed to be a vessel for DC Comics villain Reign. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg shared new details on Reign’s storyline and discussed how the character will be a different type of adversary for Supergirl.
Revealing that Reign will be introduced as a seemingly ordinary woman, Kreisberg explains that her true identity as a Worldkiller will slowly develop over the course of the third season:
“Her name is Samantha and she’s a single mom, and she has no idea that she is Reign; she has no idea that she was the baby in the pod at the end of last season, so the journey that she takes this season is watching her realize her heritage and see how it manifests.”
Kreisberg added that Samantha’s journey will be tied to the overall theme of the season:
“The thing that everybody is struggling with on Supergirl this season is What does it mean to be human?”
Adding that he wanted to introduce a villain unlike any other featured on the CW superhero shows, Kreisberg explained how Reign will offer viewers a rare chance to witness a villain’s origin:
“Usually on these shows, you either meet the big bad at the end of episode 1 or you meet them at episode 7 or 9, and you realize that they’ve been pulling the strings the whole time, and were out there working with their multi-year plan to take down the heroes or destroy the city. When we were figuring out Reign, one thing we’ve never really seen on any of these shows is we’ve never seen the big bad become the big bad.”
In the comics, Reign was one of the genetically modified weapons known as Worldkillers who were created by Kara’s father Zor-El. Deemed a threat due to their blood thirsty nature and uncontrollable super powers, Zor-El did not destroy them as ordered and Reign later became the leader of the five Worldkillers who survived Krypton’s demise.
Supergirl‘s new take on Reign sounds reminiscent of Smallville‘s depiction of Doomsday, the genetically-engineered monster famous for killing Superman, who was introduced on the series as an unwitting paramedic who later discovered that his human identity was mere ‘camouflage’ for his horrific alter-ego. Though the storyline was arguably botched towards the end of the arc, it did provide a sympathetic and tragic journey for the otherwise mindless killing machine.
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Supergirl season 3 premieres on Monday, October 9 at 8/7c on The CW.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
10 Heroes Who Should Get Their Own CW Arrowverse Shows
This past week marked the season finales for the core DC CW shows from the Arrowverse. Legends of Tomorrow ended a little bit earlier than Supergirl, The Flash, and Arrow did, but all of the finales were great. They each successfully concluded the seasons and helped set things in motion for their upcoming seasons of the show. Supergirl teased a potential new villain, while The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow left us off with cliffhangers that will hopefully be resolved early next year.
While each of the DC CW shows were good, this season of Arrow was great! We here at Heroic Hollywood even gave an argument that this season of Arrow was better than this season of The Flash, due to how great this season for Oliver and the other Star City vigilantes were this year. Not only did the show deliver a compelling storyline, great choreographed action, and probably one of the best villains the CW produced (Prometheus), it also marked the return of Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (arguably the second best villain of Arrow), who has been missing since season two. His return at the end of “Missing” made fans excited for his return. Recently actor Manu Bennett has been campaigning for a Deathstroke spin-off within the Arrowverse. The sometimes good, sometimes bad guy was a great presence earlier in Arrow and the character was one of the highlights of the past seasons. It would be interesting to see his backstory if possible, as well as what happens after he helped Oliver and Team Arrow on Lian Yu.
With that said, there are still plenty of characters who could get their own show within the DC universe. The DC CW universe started with Arrow and has quickly spun off into a wide range of shows, each able to stand on their own, each interconnected as well. Because of this, they have created their own coherent cinematic universe. The CW has been very successful with their DC shows as well. They have almost run out of days of the week to have their shows on, and with such a high volume of characters to work with, there’s a great deal of DC characters who could get their own spin-off shows. Next fall we will see Black Lightning (although it’s stated not to be a part of the Arrowverse… yet), so the sky’s the limit for what they can do. Here are a few ideas for spin-offs for the Arrowverse.
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