As superheroes continue their increasing hold on the television landscape, all eyes seem to be turning to Supergirl. The CBS series – which stars Melissa Benoist as Superman’s younger cousin – has received an incredible amount of flack ever since the first footage debuted, proving to be one of the more divisive comic book-inspired shows in recent years (well before its network premiere).
Nevertheless, Supergirl‘s October 2015 premiere is nearing ever closer, and as it does, we are learning more and more about what to expect from the show beyond its pilot episode (read our review). Production has already restarted for the television program, and we have confirmation about another new cast member who could end up having a major presence on the show during its freshman season.
THR is reporting that Jenna Dewan-Tatum has joined the cast of Supergirl in the recurring role of Lucy Lane. The younger sister of Lois Lane, Lucy is often portrayed in the comics as a love interest of Jimmy Olsen, and with Mehcad Brooks playing Olsen on the new show, she will reportedly have a history with his character that mirrors this dynamic.
Dewan – who will first appear in Supergirl episode three – recently starred on the short-lived Lifetime series Witches of East End, as well as the (also short-lived) NBC crime/drama The Playboy Club. She also had a recurring role on American Horror Story‘s second season (Asylum) and previously shared the screen with her husband, Channing Tatum, in such films as Step Up and 10 Years.
It has previously been reported that Lucy Lane would be appearing on the Supergirl TV show, but the question remains as to whether or not the character will assume her alter-ego of Superwoman (as she does in the DC source comics). Likely, Supergirl will simply start off with Lucy as a non-powered side character before considering to introduce her superpowers. After all, the focus this first season needs to be on establishing Supergirl on her own. If the show succeeds, there will plenty of time to introduce subsequent heroes.
That being said, perhaps bringing in more than one superhero out the gate could help boost interest in Supergirl. It’s entirely possible that the showrunners are going out of their way to bring in Lucy Lane in the event that they need to amp up the show’s spectacle with some version of Superwoman. Regardless, the fact that the character is reportedly coming to town to “right a previous wrong” and will be introduced in the first episode to feature Chris Browning as Ben Krull – a.k.a. the super-villain Reactron – may be telling.
Supergirl premieres on CBS at 8:30 p.m. EST on October 26th, 2015. It will air at 8 p.m. EST on Mondays thereafter.