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Supergirl to adapt Superman’s iconic Red Son storyline for Season 4

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Jun 19, 2018

Looks like at least part of Season 4 of The CW’s Supergirl will be inspired by one of DC Comics’ most iconic "What If?" comic book stories, Superman: Red Son.

In the closing moments of “Battles Lost and Won,” a second Kara (Melissa Benoist) showed up in a snowy Siberia, wrapped-up in nothing more than a blanket where she was found by Russian soldiers. This “clone” of the Girl of Steel was born from the aura that escaped during the final battle with Reign (Odette Annable).

During an interview with TVLine about the Season 3 finale, showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller confirmed that next season will take some of its cues from Red Son, which told an alternate origin story for the Man of Steel.

“For fans of the comics, I think they might recognize that the story we want to tell is inspired by the iconic DC Comics’ Red Son, which told an alternate origin story for Superman,” Rovner said, with Queller adding: “What happened if — as a baby — Superman landed in Russia and became a hero there instead of in America. It’s an homage to that.”

Superman Red Son Cover

Published in 2003 and written by Mark Millar, the Eisner-nominated Superman: Red Son was a three-issue miniseries part of DC Comic’s Elseworlds. This allowed DC to tell stories outside of the official canon by reimagining their characters and setting them in different key situations — such as the Batman: Gotham by Gaslight graphic novel. In Red Son, Kal-El’s Kryptonian pod didn’t crash-land in the U.S. but rather in the Soviet Union, where he grew up to become a Soviet hero.

Now, one can safely assume that Supergirl won’t adapt the comic book story faithfully but rather take some elements from it. It’s also unclear if this Kara doppelganger will be evil, much like her Nazi counterpart from the Crisis on Earth-X crossover event, but she'll probably be under Russia's control and will no doubt butt heads with our Kara. However, if they do go down the evil route, it will feel pretty similar to The Flash’s third season when Barry faced off against Savitar, who was an evil time remnant of himself.

What do you think about this Supergirl development? Will you be looking forward to Season 4?

(via TVLine)