In line with every other Greg Berlanti superhero TV series, Supergirl has been determinedly ramping up the levels of fan service. Not only have former DC on-screen stalwarts Lynda Carter, Helen Slater and Dean Cain all bein involved in some capacity, near enough every week has seen a revolving door of minor comic-book supervillains. Hell, they even had Martian Manhunter on board. Now, another recognisable face from the comics has been added, and we think she’s one that people will like: Maggie Sawyer, who will be played by Floriana Lima (The Family, Allegiance).
First introduced in 1987, Metropolis Special Crimes Unit officer Sawyer stands out as one of the first prominent openly gay characters in comics, having embarked on a romantic relationship with Batwoman Kat Kane. She is described in the programe notes as being “a detective for the National City Police Department who takes a special interest in the cases involving aliens”, and will be a series regular. Notably, she’ll be the first LGBT character in Supergirl in what has to be seen as a definite step forward.
Berlanti himself has previously talked about wanting to make his shows more inclusive, saying, “I wanted to contemporise these comics that I loved growing up and have them reflect the society that we live in now. It’s still about working in some of those very real qualities so that everyone feels represented”, so it’s good to see him follow through on this.
Lima joins a cast that includes the returning Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood, Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks and Jeremy Jordan, as well as newcomers Lynda Carter and Tyler Hoechlin.
Supergirl Season 2 will air on The CW on 10 October 2016, and on Sky 1 in the UK later in the year. You can download The 25 Greatest DC Comics Ever digital edition from GreatDigitalMags.com now. For all the latest TV news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.