Supergirl producer on Season 1, what they’ve learned from Arrow and The Flash

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Oct 28, 2015

The series premiere of CBS’s Supergirl turned out to be one of the most-watched debuts of the year, and producer Andrew Kreisberg has opened up about what we can expect from the rest of the year.

Kreisberg chatted with Entertainment Weekly about the new series, and touched on the series’ big bad Astra, aka Kara’s Kryptonian aunt. Basically, they’re framing the face-off around a concept honed on The Flash and Arrow, by making the villain and hero have a similar goal — but very different ways of accomplishing it. Hey, it’s worked twice, so maybe the third time is the charm?

Check out an excerpt from his comments below:

“Her name is Astra. She’s a character that we’ve created for the show, who doesn’t come from the comics. On all the other shows, whenever the big bad has been personally tied to the hero, it’s always been that much more evocative — certainly you look at Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), and, in a lot of ways, Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh). We thought it was really exciting that the villain be part of Kara’s family that Kara thought was dead. But beyond that, she’s her mother’s twin sister. Even though it’s not her mother, the big bad of the year wears her mother’s face. That’s certainly going to create emotional issues for Kara when she’s placed in situations where, perhaps to save Earth, she’s going to have to end her aunt’s life.

One of the most interesting things about our show is that everyone is doing what they’re doing for the same reasons, they’re just going about it in the wrong way. Very soon, when Astra and Kara finally confront each other, Astra says, ‘I’m here to save the Earth,’ and she’ll say, ‘I watched one planet die, and I’m not going to do that again.’ It’s always great when the hero and the villain are two sides of the same coin. Astra’s version of saving the Earth is quite different from Kara’s.”

As for where the series goes next, Kreisberg said we’ll track Kara as she attempts to capture and subdue the alien criminals from Fort Rozz. The prison break concept opens up a wealth of options for future baddies, and they plan on digging into the different ways these characters might adapt to life on Earth. From self-imposed solitude, to crime sprees, we’ll see it all over the next few months.

Kreisberg also addressed Supergirl’s training, which we’ll actually get to see in the second episode. Turns out there's a power or two she didn't even know she had. It also sounds like Kara’s relationship with the alien-hunting DEO will also strengthen moving forward:

“Training for her looks like Hank (David Harewood) and the DEO firing missiles at her as she’s trying to avoid them. There’s a very fun training sequence at the top of episode 2. You’ll see in subsequent episodes, too, that they have a room in the DEO that they can adjust the level of Kryptonite exposure in it to even the playing field, so to speak, for Kara. What’s fun about Kara and Alex (Chyler Leigh) is that Kara obviously has all the superpowers, but Alex is like Sydney Bristow, she’s a trained secret agent. She’s a much more experienced fighter than Kara is. Watching the two sisters spar and train together as Alex tries to make Kara a more competent fighter is a lot of fun.

She doesn’t technically work for [the DEO], so sometimes she can go a bit rogue, but I think that’s part of the fun of it. What’s so special about Kara is how being the person that she is affects other people in positive ways. She’s always an inspiration and always inspiring other people to step forward and be a hero. I think that’s one of the most amazing things about her.”

Supergirl airs Monday nights on CBS.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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