[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Supergirl ahead.]
Since making the move from CBS to The CW this season, Supergirl has already gone through several changes and adjustments that have left many fans feeling that the show is already heading in a better direction than last season. With the official introduction of Superman, the departure of Calista Flockhart’s Cat Grant, and introduction of more characters from DC lore like Mon-El, Metallo, and Miss Martian, it’s clear that The CW was the right home all along for the Girl of Steel.
While many were expecting a romance to move forward between Kara and James Olsen in the sophomore season, that ultimately fell by the wayside when Kara decided it would be better if they remained just friends. This ended up being just one of several surprises in store for the former Daily Planet photographer. With Cat Grant’s departure from the show (for now), James has taken over her position as Kara’s boss. In addition to that, fans of the show were surprised, for better or worse, that another superhero would be joining the show in season 2: The Guardian, who is secretly none other than James Olsen himself.
The Guardian will make his debut in the sixth episode, which is titled “Changing”. Olsen will be taking on the mantle of the crime-fighter; one that is traditionally worn by someone else in the comics. According to Supergirl producer Andrew Kreisberg, "James will decide he can no longer sit back and be a sidekick. It will cause massive problems in his relationship with Kara because he has decided not to tell her.” So far this revelation about James' character is not sitting well with a number of fans. From complaints about the design of the suit to questions about why "everyone" on the series has to be a superhero, many would prefer to see James remain the ordinary photographer he is in the comics.
An official synopsis from "Changing" has now been released by The CW. Check it out, below:
THE GUARDIAN DEBUTS IN NATIONAL CITY – The Guardian debuts to lend a hand after a parasite alien drains Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) of her power. Mon-El (Chris Wood) considers a less than desirable new career which then leads him to contemplate his motives. Alex (Chyler Leigh) struggles with a new reality. Andrew Kreisberg and Caitlin Parris wrote the script based on the story by Greg Beranti. The episode was directed by Larry Teng.
This past summer, the showrunners of the Arrowverse revealed that one of the characters on their four series would be exploring their sexuality this season. While the immediate reaction would be to think of Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), that character has long been open about her bisexuality on both Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, whereas it sounds as though this other character alluded to would be a surprise. Some speculated that it would be Kara’s friend Winn, but now many think that it could in fact be Kara’s step-sister Alex.
Supergirl season 2 has since introduced Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima), a lesbian character from the DC comics, who is a cop. There was undoubtedly chemistry between her and Alex as they investigated the attack on the President of the United States. And by the end of the episode when Maggie told Alex that she had a hot date with a woman, there seemed to be a hint of jealousy by Alex - with the camera lingering on her reaction a few seconds too long for it not to mean something.
The synopsis of the sixth episode hints at Alex “struggling with a new reality”. Could this new reality be her questioning her sexuality? Will a romantic relationship form between Alex and Maggie? Adding more characters with diverse sexual orientations to the show could further broaden the appeal to viewers who seek to identify with characters that represent the LGBTQ community. Arrow has been able to explore this before with characters like Sara Lance, Nyssa Al Ghul (Katrina Law), and Curtis Holt aka Mr. Terrific (Echo Kellum).
Alex Danvers potentially exploring her sexuality and James Olsen becoming a vigilante are just two more additional changes in a season of Supergirl already riddled with adjustments, which has proven that it will be far different than its previous season. When James Olsen debuts as The Guardian for the first time in episode 6, will viewers dismiss their pre-conceived notions about it when they see him in action - or will fans be rallying for James to return to photography?
Supergirl continues next Monday with the episode “Survivors" at 8 pm on The CW.
Source: The CW