Fans of Supergirl were bracing for big changes when the show opted to move from CBS to superhero-heavy CW for its second season, but what most were expecting was for the expensive series to have to scale back. Instead, the series is planning to add a slew of new characters and launch several new ongoing storylines for its ever-growing cast of DC Comics characters – including Superman himself!
Now, showrunner Andrew Kreisberg is teasing the active role of another new arrival, Floriana Lima’s Maggie Sawyer.
Speaking to TVLine, Kreisberg clarified what Sawyer’s role will not only be within the mythos of the show (where the longtime detective character will be part of National City’s “Science Police” unit investigating unexplained phenomena) but also where she’ll fall in the series’ ongoing storyline about the presence of alien beings living on Earth. Offered Kreisberg:
“[Maggie] is an ally. … We’ll be bumping into Maggie a lot, and questions of jurisdiction will be coming up. Maggie is a strong proponent for alien rights, which is going to be [a theme].”
Originally appearing as an antagonistic police detective who was openly skeptical of Superman’s vigilante activities in the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths reboot of the franchise in 1987, the character made news as one of the first mainstream comic book women to come out as a lesbian. Maggie Sawyer has remained a regular presence in the DC Universe ever since. She has figured prominently in several major storylines including The Death of Superman and 52, along with a starring role in the 1998 graphic novel Metropolis SCU. She was also a regular part of the 1990s Superman animated series.
Following the events of Infinite Crisis, the character was transferred to the Gotham City police force, where she became an ally and eventual romantic partner of Katherine Kane, aka Batwoman. Some fans have hoped that her addition to the cast of Supergirl might mean that Batwoman herself was due to arrive as well. Meanwhile others speculate that she may become a love interest for Kara’s sister Alex Danvers based on earlier announcements that one of The CW’s DCEU regular characters would be exploring their sexuality and coming out as part of an upcoming season’s storyline. TVLine reports that the question was put to Kreisberg, but they did not receive a definitive answer.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.