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Su­per­girl faces a new dan­ger as Sky One's su­per­heroes re­turn to our screens

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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.’

MELISSA BENOIST IS BACK AS SU­PER­GIRL

MELISSA WITH DAVID HAREWOOD WHO PLAYS

J’ONN J’ONZZS

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