Kara (Melissa Benoist) will be taking on a brand new role in Season 2 of “Supergirl.”
In an interview with Collider at the Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour earlier this month, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed that in addition to her responsibilities as an employee of CatCo Media and protector of National City from alien threats, Kara will also serve as a mentor to the latest alien refugee, Mon-El (Chris Wood).
“What’s interesting about Mon-El joining the show, from Kara’s perspective, is that Kara has spent her whole life as someone who’s been mentored, first by her mother, and then by the Danvers and Superman and Cat,” Kreisberg explained. “She’s always been somebody who’s been taken care of, in a way. “Now, with Mon-El, he’s fresh off the boat. As far as he’s concerned, living on another planet happened yesterday, and suddenly, 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. So, Kara is now the one in the mentor position.”
Kreisberg continued: “Ironically, she even says in an episode, ‘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.’ So, it’s a big change and a big growing experience for Kara, this season.”
Wood’s casting as Mon-El — the passenger of the pod that crash-landed right outside of Kara's apartment at the end of the Season 1 — was revealed during a panel at The CW’s portion at the TCA summer press tour on Aug. 11.
According to Deadline, Mon-El is a superhero with similar powers to Supergirl. He’s originally from the planet of Daxam who had landed on Krypton as an explorer. Before Krypton’s imminent destruction, Kara’s father Jor-El provided him with a map to Earth.
When it was announced that Wood will be playing Mon-El, the “Containment” actor took to Instagram to share the photo below:
“Supergirl” Season 2 premieres on Monday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. on The CW.