Executive Producers and Cast Introduce New Characters at Saturday’s Comic-Con Panel
Adrian Pasdar (Heroes), Carl Lumbly (Alias), Yael Grobglas (Jane the Virgin) and Emma Tremblay (Elysium) Join for Season 3
BURBANK, Calif. (July 22, 2017) — “A Martian, two villains and a young lady walk into a bar in National City…” Although it sounds like the setup for a Comic-Con–inspired joke, it’s actually the latest casting news from Supergirl’s panel Saturday, July 22. Fans not only learned more about the emerging threat from DC Worldkiller Reign (Odette Annable), but also were introduced to a few more characters poised to cross paths with Supergirl in season three.
Adrian Pasdar (top) will play Morgan Edge, above. Art copyright DC Entertainment Inc.
Adrian Pasdar (Heroes, Colony, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) will play the charismatic capitalist Morgan Edge, a ruthless real estate developer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants (and what he feels he deserves). The DC villain’s big plans for National City instantly put him at odds with Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath).
Carl Lumbly (top) will play M'yrnn J'onzz. Art copyright DC Entertainment Inc.
Carl Lumbly (Alias, Southland, The Cure for Wellness) embodies the classic DC character M’yrnn J’onzz, the father of J’onn J’onnz, the Martian Manhunter (David Harewood). A pacifist religious leader on Mars, M’yrn pushes his son in unexpected ways. Actor Lumbly is no stranger to the J’onzz family, as he’s voiced the Martian Manhunter on the Justice League animated series.
Yael Grobglas
Yael Grobglas (Jane the Virgin, Reign) portrays DC character Psi, a psychic villain who uses people’s own minds against them. Psi’s agenda puts her on Supergirl’s radar, and their meeting will affect the Girl of Steel in surprising ways.
Emma Tremblay
Emma Tremblay (Elysium, The Judge, The Giver, Wayward Pines) plays Ruby, a smart, independently minded National City kid who’s fascinated by Supergirl and ends up in jeopardy because of it.
Supergirl returns for its third season Monday, October 9, at 8/7c on The CW. Based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Sarah Schechter, Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. Supergirl is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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I'd guess that yes, this is a different universe where Superman has killed Zod...or at least, people believe he has. (After all, if he turns up in the 31st century, the idea that he was killed at all is easy to take with a grain of salt.)

Jan. 29 episode had a Computo reference!

IMDB says that Supergirl is returning on Monday, April 16, reclaiming its slot from Legends of Tomorrow.

Man, the latest episode of Supergirl was really frustrating for a Legion purist. Mon-El has been hiding the fact that he still has feelings for Supergirl from his wife, Imra. J'onn gives him some advice about sharing his feelings, even if they're not necessarily comfortable, and says that it was just a way of life on Mars, because they're telepaths. 

Which is just where you would expect Mon-El to say, "Yeah, tell me about it. Imra's a telepath too." But of course, on this show, she's not -- she seems to be telekinetic instead. I roll with all sorts of changes on TV and movie adaptations... I'm on the pretty far into the easy-going end of the fan spectrum, I think. But the cognitive dissonance in this scene between what's been established on the show and what I know from the comics is going to make my head explode.  

(And yet, despite all that, I have to check myself: I'm complaining about a storyline involving Supergirl, the Martian Manhunter, Mon-El, and Saturn Girl, on national TV, playing out weekly. Somebody pinch me.)

I hear ya, pal. Every once in a while I think, "you know, they could have written in Shadow Lass instead of Saturn Girl, and it would work just as well or better, an it would be consistent with the comics."

But we've seen Saturn Girl on Smallville, she's one of the founders, TK is an easy special effect ... I can think of lots of reasons why they went with Saturn Girl. (Have they ever actually called her that on the show?) 

But then I remember "I'm complaining about a storyline involving Supergirl, the Martian Manhunter, Mon-El, and Saturn Girl, on national TV, playing out weekly."

So, yeah. I'm right there with you. 

As to the schedule, I wrote about this on one thread or another that Supergirl is taking a hiatus, and Legends is filling the time slot. Evidently this has something to do with Berlanti not wanting more than four superhero shows on at a time. Maybe. Anyway, Legends will return Monday and finish off its season, ending on March 9. Then Supergirl returns March 16 to finish her season, ending on June 18.

I think the four-at-a-time rule might be Berlanti's, or it might be CW's. But yeah, that seems like it's part of it. 

Of course, there's also the fact that exec producer Andrew Kreisberg was fired over sexual misconduct, and Supergirl might need a little time to find its footing during a change in leadership. Although he served in the same position over at Flash, and that's chugging along with only a little break during the Olympic weeks. But maybe he was more involved with the day-to-day of Supergirl, it being a younger show.

Regardless, as with the delays in Metal, it's a small price to pay for getting an abuser out of people's lives.  

I would guess that the 4-superheroes-shows limit is The CW's idea. They probably want to keep the superhero fans AND the fans of the rest of their shows as happy as possible.

It could also be a factor that, while the "old school" networks have three hours of prime time to fill seven nights a week, the CW only has two hours of prime time to fill (the 10-11 o'clock spot is left to the local affiliates) five nights a week.  That adds up to a lot less available programming spots, no matter what you'd like to fill them with.

The four-superhero-shows-at-a-time limit is from the president of the CW, as I note over here.

"CW Won’t Air More Than 4 Superhero Shows at One Time"

Was the season finale a sea change for Supergirl?

We saw several characters leave the show, at least for now, including Martian Manhunter, WInn Schott, Alura Zor-El, Mon-El, Saturn Girl, Sam and Ruby. Any could pop back in for an episode, I suppose, but none are listed as series regulars for next season.

Brainiac 5 is joining the show as a series regular.

M'yrnn J'onzz is dead.

Kara's sister has been promoted to head of the DEO, which seems big.

Am I unduly impressed with these changes? I guess Season 4 will still be a mostly DEO-oriented show, and they really couldn't show CatCo any less than they have, so I guess not much will change as far as sets and probably storylines. But the personnel changes are almost as big as when the show moved from CBS.

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