The new characters are:
CAT GRANT | The project is eyeing females in their 40s, open ethnicity, to play the founder of CatCo, a media conglomerate that Cat built from the ground up. Kara (Supergirl’s mild-mannered alter ego) will work as a personal assistant to Cat, who is described as “J.Lo by way of Anna Wintour.”
In the comics, Cat Grant was a love rival to Lois Lane for Clark Kent’s affections and nurses a grudge against Supergirl. When she was introduced she was basically a more glam version of Lois Lane, only while Lois only had eyes for Superman, Cat was in love with Clark. Sadly though she was turned into a parodic Sex And The City character.
JAMES OLSEN | In his late 20s/early 30s, open ethnicity, James is a smart, worldly and (duh) attractive photographer for CatCo. Though an alpha male, his salt-of-the-earth nature elicits a huge ol’ crush from Kara.
Jimmy Olsen needs no introduction from us, other than the simple hope that he continues his Superman’s Pal-style adventures.
WINSLOW ‘WYNN’ SCHOTT | This twentysomething tech whiz/Comic-Con stalwart toils for CatCo as a programmer, unaware of his own (toying?) potential. Unware of her secret, he carries a torch for Kara, whom he lives next door to.
This is where it gets interesting… in the comics, Schott is the alter ego of Superman villain Toyman, who uses murderous toys to unleash havoc on Metropolis. It’s worth adding that he murdered Cat Grant’s son, so that’s something to look out for…
HANK HENSHAW | As an upstart CIA agent, Hank grew obsessed with intergalactic intel. Now in his 40s and lording over the DEO (Department of Extra-Normal Operations), he is on high alert when Supergirl reveals herself, worried that her otherworldly abilities pose a threat to humankind.
Did I day Toyman was interesting? I take that back, THIS is interesting. In the comics Hank Henshaw goes missing on a space mission and returns to Earth later as the insane and powerful Cyborg Superman.
Nobody explained Cyborg Superman better than Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis. Basically, they’re missing a trick if they don’t cast Elijah Wood.
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