Supergirl faces a new danger as Sky One's superheroes return to our screens
Superheroes Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC’S Legends of Tomorrow are back with a bang
THE LAST TIME we saw Supergirl, the future of National City, and Earth itself, was in danger as Queen Rhea of Daxam (Teri Hatcher) launched a full-scale invasion, at one point even poisoning Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) with silver kryptonite in a bid to brainwash him into killing his cousin.
Thankfully, her plan was thwarted by the Girl of Steel with the help of Lena Luthor (Katie Mcgrath). However, it wasn’t all good news, as Supergirl was forced to effectively banish her Daxamite boyfriend, Rhea’s son Mon-el (Chris Wood), from Earth to save his life. And as the new series starts this week, Supergirl, aka Kara Danvers, is still coping with the fallout.
GRIEF AND GUILT
‘It’s a dark period for Kara,’ says 29-year-old Melissa Benoist, who plays her. ‘The end of season two was a gut-wrenching experience. It was the first time she’d been in love and she’s coping with grief and guilt for sending Mon-el away – and she’s also scared because she doesn’t know what happened to him.’
The loss of Mon-el is a huge turning point for Kara who throws herself into her role as Supergirl.
‘For the first few seasons, she was trying to balance Kara Danvers and Supergirl, the reporter, and the superhero, and figuring out her identity,’ says Benoist. ‘When we pick up in season three, Kara has very much dedicated herself to Supergirl. That’s how she’s coping with the grief of sending her boyfriend into a chasm in space.’
NEW CAST MEMBERS
Fans have been speculating that Mon-el’s fate could be linked to a new character, with Bollywood star Amy Jackson joining the cast as Saturn Girl, a founding member of the Legion of Superheroes. Other new cast members include
Cagney & Lacey’s Carl Lumbly as the father of Green Martian, J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood), and
24 star Carlos Bernard, who plays the father of National City cop Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima).
Meanwhile, viewers will also get to meet a brand new villain, Reign (Odette Annable), who we saw heading Earthwards from Krypton in a season-two flashback.
‘Reign is unlike any other villain we’ve had on Supergirl,’ says Benoist. ‘She’s Kryptonian and matches Kara in all her strength and abilities. It will almost be like Supergirl fighting herself. I’m worried for Kara.’
Next up for Benoist is the role of Rachel Koresh, the wife of
David Koresh, in a TV drama about the 1993 Waco siege.
‘I’m also working on a novel with my older sister, which is inspired by our childhood in Colorado.’
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