Supergirl returns to San Diego Comic Con with casting news, some character updates, and a trailer.  Season three ended with the revelation that there is a Kara Zor-El doppelganger in Russia.  Will the cast and producers address the doppelganger? 

The Panel: Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Robert Rovner, Jessica Queller and Sarah Schechter


Katie McGrath, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Melissa Benoist, David Harewood, and Jesse Rath at the Supergirl San Diego Comic Con panel. Photo courtesy of

The panel began with the first look at season four.  The crowd went wild at then end of the trailer when they got a full view of Supergirl’s new suit. 

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This season will have a different feel.  Last season, the show went to space, so this season there will be a more grounded storyline. Kara will focus more on her job as a reporter.  Benoist says Kara is the most confident than we’ve ever seen her. With every episode, she owns more and more of her story.

National City is going to reflect the divisive world that we live in now. The theme of the season is ‘what is stronger, hope or fear.’  Supergirl stands for hope.  There is going to be this rising anti-alien sentiment that will be a challenge for Supergirl.  How can she stand for hope when she represents what people fear?  As for Kara the reporter, she will be come as big of a hero as Supergirl.

Rovner says they are excited to tell their version of the Red Son comic. The storyline will be teased in the beginning and become a focal point of the show later on. 

Alex and J’onn will both be going through a transitional phase. Alex will try to find a balance being the director of the DEO and starting her journey as a mother.  And J’onn will struggle with trying to be a peaceful man in a world of hate. 

James is kind of going through the same thing. James revealed that he is Guardian.  Brooks says he will face some backlash for that, but also some unexpected support.  

McGrath talked about the relationship between Lena and Kara/Supergirl.  Lena doesn’t know there is a disconnect with Kara. She has a strained relationship with Supergirl, but Kara and Supergirl are two different people. 

Rath says his character, Brainiac-5 is going through an adjustment phase and will be butting heads with a couple of people. Brainiac-5 swapped places with Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) to escape his cousin, Brainiac’s wrath. 

Winn will be back in National City this season, because no one really leaves the Arrowverse.  And will we see Mon-El? Cat Grant? Anything is possible.


The voice in the trailer, Agent Liberty is played by Sam Witwer (Once Upon A Time), David Ajala (Jupiter Ascending) as Manchester Black, April Parker Jones (The Last Ship) as Colonel Haley, and Nicole Maines, playing Nia Nal aka Dreamer.  Maines joined the cast to talk about her role.

Maines is excited about telling the story of transgender people.  It seems only fitting that we have a trans superhero for trans kids to look up to. Schechter praised Maines talent saying the fans are going to be blown away by her. 

Highlights from Q & A

  • If Raina, Mon-El’s mother was successful in creating a child from Mon-El and Lena’s DNA, Lena would give the baby to Alex.
  • Benoist almost cried when a young girl dressed as Supergirl asked how it feels to be a role model for young girls.
  • Rath stole a Legion ring from set. 
  • The next Crossover with Flash and Arrow is in December and we will meet Kate Kane.  Leigh is certain that Alex will like Kate a lot.

Supergirl returns Sunday, October 14 on the CW!



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