Lex Luthor’s sister, a lesbian detective, and a mad scientist are among the new ‘Supergirl’ additions
It’s beginning to look like a major shakeup is underway for Supergirl season 2. Beyond the physical move from Los Angeles to Vancouver and the network change from CBS to The CW, we’ve recently learned that Superman himself will join the show for the first two season 2 episodes, and now comes word that five(!) more characters are being added to the cast.
Only two of the new roles will be series regulars; the rest will be recurring characters. Here’s the descriptions for the regulars:
Lena Luthor – The sister of Superman’s famous foe, Lex Luthor, Lena “will be in the 25-35 year old range, arrives in town to get out from under the shadow of her infamous brother. She’s described as sexy and smart and determined to get what she wants.”
Nick Farrow – This seems to be an original character. He’s described as “a ‘brash leading man’ who butts heads with Kara at CatCo. The son of a famous reporter, Nick is ‘looking to make a name for himself in the news world but the question of whether he can leave behind his former selfish and hedonistic ways will constantly arise. In hanging out with Kara, the hero in Nick might finally come out.'”
Supergirl already has a fairly large regular cast, so it’ll be interesting to see who, if anyone, will be getting less screen time next season to make room for Lena and Nick.
Here are the descriptions for the three new recurring characters:
The Doctor –
A Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey “The diabolical female leader of Project Cadmus who uses her surgical skills to implant prisoners with alien technology.” This is almost certainly Serling Roquette, a character from the pages of the Superboy comic book.
Snapper Carr – Described as “a veteran journalist appointed by Cat to remake the news division by going old school.” Clearly based on Justice League regular Lucas “Snapper” Carr, it’s probable that this character is being brought on to fill the void left by Calista Flockhart’s Cat Grant. There’s been no official word yet, but rumor has it that Flockhart is not keen on moving to Vancouver to shoot Supergirl. She’ll likely end up as a recurring character next season.
Maggie – “An out and proud detective for the newly formed Science Police, which deals specifically with metahuman and alien threats.” Definitely a television version of Maggie Sawyer, a long-standing lesbian police character in the pages of both Superman and Batman comics.
Supergirl season 2 is shaping up to be a season of change, hopefully for the better. We should learn more at San Diego Comic-Con next month, so stay tuned for the latest.