The first of The CW superhero shows to invade Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con was Supergirl. This panel would set the tone for the other DC shows that have made The CW a bit of a ratings force to be reckoned with. The energy was high and the cast possessed a charm that was instantly infectious. Stars Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood, Jeremy Jordan, Chris Wood, Katie McGrath, and newcomer, Odette Annable joined the newly appointed co-showrunners, Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner for a fun and informative panel and to premiere the trailer for season 3. We also got to sit down with everybody for some more personal insight into Supergirl and its characters.
The season 3 teaser was quite good and I have to say this (along with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) is the most improved of the superhero shows on The CW. The trailer is another indication how much the show has grown since season one.
The main theme of Supergirl season 3 will be “what does it mean to be human?” To tell this story, we will be introduced to some new faces and threats that will shape the new season. Adrian Pasdar has been cast as Morgan Edge, one of the villains for season 3. Edge will butt heads with both Supergirl and Lena Luthor. Emma Tremblay will be playing a character named Ruby, a young Supergirl enthusiast. Carl Lumbly will play the father of J’onn J’onnz, M’yrnn J’onnz. Harewood expressed his excitement for this character addition. On the J’onnz father/son dynamic, he said, “I think there’ll be some complications. J’onn always thought he was the last green martian, so it’s going to be extraordinary to find that, not only is he not the last green martian, but the other one is his father! It’s going to be very deep, very emotional, and I’m just very excited about it.” Yael Grobglas will play Psi, another villain for Supergirl season 3.
Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) will appear in the first episode of Supergirl season 3, and will appear “off and on” all season! It’s clear she’s a fan favorite because this announcement garnered instant cheers from the crowd.
Odette Annable, who’ll be playing Reign, the main villain of season 3, said that the character has a “very specific agenda.” “She’s not out to kill everybody she sees. She also doesn’t just want to rule the Earth. She has her own reasons for dispensing her justice that will unfold throughout the season.”
It looks like there’s a lot coming up for James Olsen. He’ll definitely be continuing as Guardian, but he’ll also be getting more involved with Supergirl, he’ll have a new love interest, and he will “step up” in his role at CatCo. Lyra and Winn will still be together at the beginning of Supergirl season 3, and Winn will continue to team up with Guardian. Mon-El will return! In fact, he will be part of the central mystery for the season. “Mon-El’s not going anywhere!,” Queller promised.
Since Floriana Lima isn’t returning for all of Supergirl season 3, fans are concerned about her answer to Alex’s cliffhanger proposal in the season 2 finale. Well, nobody would confirm her response, one way or the other, but Queller did assure attendees that they “have an amazing, beautiful story to tell in her remaining episodes that are emotional and modern and really honors the love between these two women.” She added on by saying that Lima is always welcome to come back, when available. “We love Maggie, we love Sanvers, and we’re devoted to them forever.”
Lastly, although nothing has been confirmed, everyone is hoping to have Tyler Hoechlin back as Superman. “There are no immediate episodes with Superman but we are hoping that schedule permitting and storyline permitting, we will see him again,” Queller stated. “We’d love to have him back,” Rovner added.
As the panel wrapped up I was impressed by the cast chemistry and immediately taken by star Melissa Benoist. She clearly is their fearless leader but the camaraderie among the cast was instantly apparent and I loved the respect they had for the series and its fans.