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Smallvillle’s Erica Durance replacing Laura Benanti on Supergirl

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Jul 7, 2017, 9:45 PM EDT

Well, Supergirl fans, do you want the good news first, or the bad?

As Supergirl is pretty much an eternal optimist, let’s go with the good: Erica Durance, Smallville’s Lois Lane, is joining the cast for The CW show’s third season. The bad: She’ll be taking over the role of Supergirl’s mom, Alura Zor-El, from Laura Benanti, who appeared in 10 episodes throughout the first two seasons, while also playing Kara's aunt, Astra In-Ze.

After having been with the show since the pilot, Benanti is stepping down due to scheduling conflicts, and according to her tweet, to play "supermom" to her "own little one."

Laura Benanti

Laura Benanti

"Unfortunately Laura, who Greg [Berlanti, co-creator] and I have worked with for years going back to Eli Stone, was unable to continue in the role due to work commitments in New York,” said exec producer Andrew Kreisberg in a statement. “But we are so blessed that Erica has come aboard to offer her own interpretation of Kara's mother. We had tremendous success with a former Lois Lane last season with Teri Hatcher. We know Erica will continue the proud tradition of legacy actors joining our shows and creating new and exciting takes on classic DC characters."

Hatcher, of course, played Lois Lane on the mid-’90s series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. She joined Supergirl last season as evil Rhea, ultimately battling Kara for the fate of the Earth in the season finale. Interestingly, in 2010, Hatcher also guest-starred alongside Durance on Smallville, playing Lois’s mom for one episode.

So this Lois-legacy casting is particularly interesting. After playing the role for some 140 episodes on Smallville, Durance is obviously familiar with the world, and it’ll be fun to see what kind of spin she gives to Alura, the Kryptonian noblewoman who continues to be Kara’s guiding light from across time and space.

What do you think of this casting call? Are you happy? Sad? Both?

(via THR)