While we continue to wait on the first modern, female-led superhero film Wonder Woman to premiere in theaters next year, on the small screen The CW’s Supergirl series continues to make waves with fans. The season 2 premiere a few weeks ago was the network’s highest rated Monday night show in eight years, and a lot more people have started catching on to Supergirl‘s fun, lighthearted vibe. Not only does the series have a feminist slant, but it’s also a welcome reprieve from the other darker, more serious superhero films and shows out there.
Yet Supergirl has also experienced quite a few changes in its transition from CBS to The CW. Crossovers with sister series Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow are on the horizon, and the show’s universe is set to expand in a lot of different ways. James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) will soon become vigilante The Guardian, filling in and fighting crime after the departure of one Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin). And a few new characters have also been added, like Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor and former Wonder Woman Lynda Carter as the President of the United States.
It was mentioned a few times last season on Supergirl that the POTUS in Kara’s universe is a woman, and this week in ‘Welcome to Earth’ we’ll finally get to meet President Olivia Marsdin. In a previously released clip, Supergirl was introduced to Madam President when she went to welcome her to National City, but then ended up having to save her from an alien attack. Now the new clip above proves that President Marsdin is just as awesome as we’ve been led to believe.
Even with her country and the world under attack by alien beings, President Marsdin still wants to offer the Earth as a home for peaceful aliens to live amongst humans with her Alien Amnesty Act. Martian Manhunter J’onn J’onzz isn’t so sure if this is the right choice, leaving Marsdin to reply: “I can think of no better time than the present to extend our hand in friendship. One has to have hope.” And in her traditional way, Kara can’t help but gush at their new guest.
So far, Supergirl has done a great job in having a variety of strong female characters on the show, from Kara to her sister Alex, Cat Grant, and now Miss Martian ( Sharon Leal) and President Marsdin. Though Carter is so far only slated for one episode of Supergirl, it’s clear her character is going to have a big impact not just on Kara but on the show. Her Alien Amnesty Act will also be at odds with Cadmus’ plans to eliminate all forms of alien life on Earth. They believe that ever since aliens started arriving, the planet has become a “free for all, and human beings are about to get knocked off the food chain.” We’ll no doubt see more of this back and forth about whether aliens are welcome on Earth throughout the rest of the season.
Supergirl season 2 airs Mondays at 8pm on The CW; The Flash season 3 airs Tuesdays in the same timeslot; Arrow season 5 airs on Wednesdays; and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 airs on Thursdays.