After an up and down first season on CBS, Supergirl will return for a sophomore season this fall on The CW. Presumably banking on a second season, Supergirl hooked their audience for the following year with a well timed cliffhanger. After spoiling Non's plan to kill all of humanity with Myriad, Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) looked to be in a good place. Things were moving in the right direction with James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), her sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), was no longer on the run, and Kara even got a cushy new office at work. Rather than end things right there, Kara comes across a crashed pod that looks an awful lot like the Kryptonian one she arrived in over a decade earlier.
Even before Supergirl was officially renewed, there was immediate speculation over who was going to be in the pod. Eventually it was confirmed that The Vampire Diaries' Chris Wood would be the man in the pod. And then, during The CW's presentation at the TCA's summer press event, it was confirmed that the character Wood will be playing is none other than Mon-El, a Daxamite with abilities similar to Supergirl and Superman.
Supergirl executive producer Andrew Kreisberg recently sat down with Collider, where he discussed the upcoming season of the show, including a tease of Chris Wood as Mon-El. Not surprisingly, Kreisberg decided not to give much away as they will be "putting our own spin on it." Kreisberg did offer some insight, though, into the dynamic that will develop between Kara and Mon-El, explaining that for the first time, Kara will be the mentor in a mentor-mentee relationship.
He went on to say that, "[Kara]’s always been somebody who’s been taken care of, in a way." But now that Mon-El has arrived, Kreisberg explained, "he’s on Earth and everything he knew was lost, just the way it was for Kara, but she’s had 12 years to process it and he’s struggling with it." Kreisberg continues that Kara will discuss her role as a mentor in an episode, where she will say, "I was sent to Earth not to be a hero. I wasn’t sent here to be Supergirl. I was sent here to protect Clark and take care of Clark. Now, in an odd way, with Mon-El here, I’m getting to fulfill that original mission that I had.”
It appears that Supergirl will be sharing the limelight this fall with several powered characters. Not only will Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) be showing up, but Mon-El will be in need of guidance when he finally finds himself on a strange new world. The biggest question left unanswered, is how far Supergirl will stray from Mon-El's comic book origins. Much like their Kryptonian ancestors, Daxamites, like Mon-El, possess incredible powers on Earth due to the presence of a yellow sun. As for why and how Mon-El made it Earth, though, we will have to wait until October to find out.
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.