The Queen of all Media is returning to Supergirl. One of the strongest elements of the first season of Supergirl on CBS was Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), owner of CatCo Worldwide Media and boss to Supergirl's alter-ego Kara Danvers. While on the surface Cat seems like an exaggeration of wealth and fame with a sharp tongue, expensive taste, and a never-ending list of celebrity friends to name drop, under the surface she is a wise and caring women. Her guidance helped Kara become Supergirl and guided the young hero through many early mistakes and lessons.
But when the series changed networks between seasons 1 and 2 and filming moved to Vancouver, where the rest of The CW's DC show are shot, Flockhart decided not to stay with the show as a regular. She agreed to appear in the first two episodes of the season and was willing to return if possible, but was not seen again until the final two episodes of season 2, where once again she inspired Supergirl and helped save the day.
According to EW, Cat Grant is returning once more to National City, with an appearance in the season 3 premiere and will supposedly continue to pop up again throughout the season.
While most of the excitement surrounding DC Comics at San Diego Comic-Con has been focused on Justice League and the DCEU, there's news for comics and TV alike, and Flockhart's return to the show was revealed by new showrunners Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner. And the show's star Melissa Benoist made mention as well: “The way that Calista appears in the first episode is really clever.” Fans of the show should be thrilled to hear this, as she was a major force for the show's first season. So, provided her return is properly written, this news should excite most avid Supergirl watchers.
Cat is far more than a role model for Kara. She is also a hero in her own right. In both of the show's season finales Cat was largely responsible for Supergirl being able to save the day. She has used her media empire twice now to inspire the public to fight back, to believe, and to hope. Without her helping rally the masses, it is entirely possible that Supergirl might not have saved the day either time. She is not only missed when she is gone, Cat is clearly a character who is needed.
Season 2 of Supergirl ended with Cat Grant back in her office at CatCo Worldwide Media, but there was no hint of her leaving again. So how her first appearance in season 3 qualifies as clever and how her presence - or lack of presence - will be explained is still a mystery. For now, audiences can only hope she returns more often in the future to continue providing wisdom - as well as the very best insults and one-liners.
Supergirl season 3 premieres Monday, Oct. 9 at 8pm on The CW.