The first season of Supergirl, co-created by Ali Adler and The CW's DC Comics TV universe Greg Berlanti, followed Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) through her double life as an assistant and superhero. However, declining ratings coupled with steep licensing fees caused CBS to hand the show over to The CW. Supergirl season 2 will debut on the network co-owned by CBS and Warner Bros. TV alongside fellow DC heroes from Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow.
But, the switch in network also meant other changes behind the scenes, most notably a move of production from Los Angeles, California to Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. As a result, it was unclear if Supergirl's arguably biggest name star Calista Flockhart would return for season 2 as Cat Grant. Now, though, we have confirmation the CatCo founder will be back.
During a roundtable interview at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Screen Rant spoke with Supergirl executive producer Sarah Schechter, who explained that Cat will still be a part of the show and a part of Kara's life, though not in the same way as in season 1:
"She'll be there. You'll see plenty of Cat... Probably a little bit less, but she'll be there. And to be honest, it works really well. Kara doesn't have the same relationship with Cat work-wise, so it would actually be hard to have her be in it as much. Kara has a different job. Still at CatCo but she's not her assistant and so I think it'll feel totally natural.”
Certainly, the season 1 finale of Supergirl teased a different dynamic between Cat and Kara since the latter had been promoted and given her own office - though the nature of her new job was yet to be determined. Now, Schechter's comments confirm as much while providing relief to any fans worried that Flockhart wouldn't be returning for the Girl of Steel's sophomore outing.
Still, without much else to go on - such as what exactly Kara's new job is, or how often she'll interact with Cat as either Kara or Supergirl - it remains to be seen how these changes in the characters' dynamic will play out on screen. With the addition of Ian Gomez as CatCo editor-in-chief Snapper Carr, it seems Kara will be busy with a new boss. However, aside from Kara's relationship to her adoptive sister Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), her relationship to Cat was one of the higher points of season 1 and it would be a shame to see it diminished.
That said, Schechter seems confident the transition in Kara and Cat's relationship will feel "natural" to viewers, and that may offer fans some hope. Although the jump from CBS to The CW will undoubtedly affect Supergirl from its first to its second season, the show has retained much of its creative team - the creative team that initially established and developed the mentor/mentee dynamic of Kara and Cat. But, it remains to be seen how this particular change in Cat's role will affect Supergirl in season 2.
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.