In its debut season on CBS, Supergirl introduced viewers to a large cast of characters that often took part in both sides of the eponymous superhero's life. We learned that Kara's (Melissa Benoist) Kryptonian family, her human adoptive family, her coworkers at CatCo, and her partners in fighting both human and alien threats to Earth were all important to Kara's success at balancing a normal life with a job as savior of the planet.
In the series so far, Supergirl has been seen largely working with the government organization D.E.O., where she fights alien threats alongside her sister Alex (Chyler Leigh), and with the United States Army. She has helped out local law enforcement with both criminal elements and natural disasters, and firefighters paid her back by helping save her life in the episode "World's Finest." For season 2, it looks like Supergirl will be once again expanding her contact list, and interacting more with the police force.
According to THR actress Floriana Lima has earned a series regular role on Supergirl as National City Police detective Maggie Sawyer. The original casting call described the character as an "out and proud" lesbian working for a special division called "The Science Police."
This matches up well to the DC Comics version of Maggie Sawyer, who worked for both the Gotham and Metropolis police departments, and was engaged to Batwoman in a recent storyline. Maggie's work for the Metropolis police department included heading up the Special Crimes Unit, which took on superhuman threats in much the same way the D.E.O. does on Supergirl. It will be interesting to see if the TV incarnation of Sawyer will only know Supergirl, or will learn her secret identity as well.
It won't be Lima's first time playing a gay character on TV. Lima recently starred on ABC's short-lived pulpy drama The Family, and described her role as a lesbian lifestyle blogger-turned-investigative-reporter as an "exciting" and "intimidating" challenge. The actress has appeared on several series, including Allegiance, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Mob Doctor, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
While we don't know a lot yet about the plot of Supergirl season 2, our heroine will definitely be interacting with a lot of powerful figures. Along with Lima's new Science Police detective, Kara will be rubbing shoulders with the President of the United States (Lynda Carter), and we'll finally get a good look at Kara's famous cousin Clark, a.k.a. Superman (Tyler Hoechlin). This is hinting that the next season of the series will be packed with some huge alien threats that require all hands on deck. Newly on The CW, Supergirl won't want to be any less action-packed than its partner shows, Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow.
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.