Supergirl showrunner says struggles for humanity at the heart of Season 3

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Mar 26, 2021, 12:00 AM EDT (Updated)

The CW’s Supergirl will take a look at what it means to be human when the show returns for its high-flying third season next week, according to executive producer Andrew Kreisberg.

The upcoming season will explore Kara Danvers’ (Melissa Benoist) struggles in the wake of her boyfriend Mon-El's (Chris Wood) exodus from Earth because of a deadly lead allergy; J’onn J’onnz (David Harewood) discovering he’s not the last of the Green Martians when his dad M’yrnn (Carl Lumbly) pops up; and this year’s villain Reign (Odette Annable), who's starting off the season as a single mom named Sam, unaware she's a Kryptonian-bioengineered weapon of mass destruction.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Kreisberg explained that what everyone will be struggling with this season is the age-old question of what it means to be human — but that will be especially true for the Girl of Steel, who will feel like being Kara Danvers was totally misguided.

“[Kara feels] that pretending that she was human, and having human goals, and trying to have a boyfriend, that those are all human things and all it’s done is break her heart. So the one thing that she’s great at is being Supergirl,” Andrew Kreisberg said of Kara’s mindset at the start of Season 3, adding that when the show returns, she will be “kicking ass and taking names.” He also indicated the first episode will see her slowly finding her way back to being Kara Danvers, despite everything.

Kreisberg also teased the Martian Manhunter's relationship with his father. Having thought himself the last of his kind for so long, J'onn's reunion with his paternal should be a doozy because of M’yrnn’s reaction to his son. “He spent 300 years on Earth and he’s always felt different, and other, and felt people were afraid of him and has always had to hide who he really was,” Kreisberg explained. So when J’onn and his dad reconnect on the show, Kreisberg says his father will find that he's gone native, leading J'onn to realize that he might be a bit more human than Martian by this point.

What do you think of showrunner Andew Kreisberg's comments on Season 3? Supergirl returns on Oct. 9 on The CW. 

(via EW)