For over three decades, PaleyFest has held panel sessions that connect the worldwide community of television fans with the casts and creators of their favorite TV shows. One of the dramas celebrated at this year’s festival was the hit CBS series Supergirl, and Collider was there to get the scoop on what’s to come for the rest of this season.
We’ve compiled a list of 18 things to know about what’s still to come on Supergirl, from both our exclusive interviews on the red carpet and the panel. Be aware that there are some spoilers.
Even though Season 2 has not officially been ordered yet, they are pretty confident that the announcement will be made soon. Co-Creator/Executive Producer Ali Adler said that they are excited to tell as many stories as the 75 years of amazing DC canon will allow them to do.
- Adler said that they knew the show was going to be a big hit, the day they all met at the table read. “I felt the chemistry, as people and collaborators, and we really clicked. We’ve been so supported by CBS and Warner Bros. TV. It sounds tried, but it felt like a family, that first day.”
- According to Melissa Benoist, the flying never gets any easier. “There’s something that surprises me, every time I do it. There’s a physicality to it that I’m always learning. My stunt double and I are always trying to look at comic books and make it a little more graceful, every time. It’s a challenge, but it’s really fulfilling. I love those days when we fly.”
- When it comes to whether or not viewers might see an LGBT character on Supergirl, co-creator-executive producer Greg Berlanti said that there are no immediate plans. “I think these shows work best when they really reflect our entire society. We always want to keep adding to the characters and the cast, and add people so that everybody can watch the show and see some piece of themselves. What’s really rewarding is when people watch the show and see something of themselves in a character they don’t think they’d have much in common with.”
Both Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) and James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) have feelings for Kara, but Kara is really confused about it all. She hasn’t figured love out, and is still naive and a bit of a prude. She doesn’t know how to balance a normal life with powers yet, but she’s trying to figure that out.
- Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli) has shared moments with both Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) and Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart). Leigh said that she likes to think that Lord likes Alex more than Alex likes him while Flockhart believes that Lord and Cat Grant have had a past and that he broke her heart a little bit.
- Adler said that she thinks the greatest villain they’ve had was Melissa Benoist. As for who might make a future appearance, she said that there are some incredible ones and that DC is being very accommodating with their requests for the use of certain characters.
- The Kara-Alex bond works so well on screen because it was there between Benoist and Leigh, from day one. Said Leigh, “Short of meeting my husband, meeting Melissa was probably the most powerful relationship I’ve ever felt, from an artistic standpoint. She is literally one of the most genuine people I have ever met. I love working with her. She inspires me. She’s an incredible woman. She is so much stronger than I could ever imagine. I love her to pieces.”
- After some tension between them, Hank Henshaw and Supergirl are back on the same team again. Said David Harewood, “They are back on the same page. They are back, as a team. Stronger together is the motto of the season. As a team, we are definitely stronger together.”
When asked if Superman would ever come on the show, Adler responded by saying, “We’re so thrilled that Supergirl is the star of our show. It’s her world and her point of view, and we’re thrilled to be telling her story.”
- In previewing what’s to come for the rest of the season, Adler said, “The demons we fight within ourselves are generally the greatest villains we have. Everyone will come together and get ready for the larger forces that are upon us for the rest of the season.”
- Indigo (Laura Vandervoort) will be returning again, before the end of the season. Said Berlanti, “She’s a good other element for Non (Chris Vance). Sometimes you design these things just by story, and sometimes you design them by logistics. We knew that we had Laura Benanti, up to a certain point, and we always wanted Non to have another element. We also, in a way, always wanted to tell the story that was pre the Non that people know from the comic books. There’s some cool stuff coming up, surrounding his character, too.”
- James Olsen has been able to help out Supergirl a bit, and you can expect to see him tangle with the villains a bit more. Said Brooks, “There’s some stuff with Indigo, there’s some stuff with Livewire and Silver Banshee, and there’s some stuff that happens with Non. There is a lot going on, and James gets involved with the wickedness of the world.”
For the cross-over episode between Supergirl and The Flash, Adler was very excited to see the chemistry between Benoist and Grant Gustin, as a result of their history from Glee. She said, “Their kinship was very beautiful to watch.”
- The cross-over will see Supergirl and The Flash team up to go up against Silver Banshee (Italia Ricci) and Livewire (Brit Morgan). When it comes to Silver Banshee, Adler said, “Italia is just so amazing in the role. As much as she embodies the Siobhan Smythe, she has as much fun as Silver Banshee. It’s a really exciting episode.” Added Berlanti, “She’s great, and she looks really cool, as Silver Banshee. We knew we were going to bring the character on, and we’ve been wanting to work together for a long time, so I called her up and asked if it was something she’d want to do. But, we didn’t know [how she’d be]. You can love the person to death, but you don’t know if they’re going to be perfect for the part, and she’s just perfect.”
- With Superman, Supergirl and now The Flash, James Olsen is feeling a bit in the shadow of all of the superheroes. Said Brooks, “As an actor, I’m definitely ready for James to have a moment. I would love for him to be more involved in the heroics. When Barry comes along, he’s a little jealous. Barry is a superhero, and he and Kara have that in common. It’s another speed bump in the way. It’s a lot of fun, though.”
The likely Season 2 pick-up did not affect the way they approached the season finale. The finale is what they always had planned. Berlanti said, “We always try to wrap up the elements of the story, so that our seasons play close-ended on all the shows. But in this, there’s still a bit of a twist that we were going to do anyway, just ‘cause we thought it was cool. Hopefully, it will play as such. But it will still be very satisfying, if you’ve been patient and watched the season.”
- Benoist said that she was very excited after reading the finale script. “Every time I read the scripts, I am always so excited and just chomping at the bit to get up and do it because it’s so actable and playable. There’s so much action coming, and there are a lot of ethical questions that we’re posing. It was really, really fun to be able to play and discover the way that Supergirl handles such a dangerous and difficult situation.” Added Brooks, “The world almost ends, but then it doesn’t.”
Supergirl airs on Monday nights on CBS.