Hot on the heels of Supergirl’s People’s Choice Award win for Favorite New TV Drama, the show is stacking the deck in its favor by adding more and more “super” elements to the second half of its first season.
Among these elements will be a form of Brainiac, played by Smallville’s former Supergirl Laura Vandervoort. Vandervoort is taking on the role of Indigo, described as “a strong-willed, living supercomputer that was sentenced to Fort Rozz after turning against the people of Krypton.” Indigo will debut in episode 15, but the character is set to recur because as executive producer Sarah Schechter said, “Her backstory fits in quite nicely and is integral to our overarching mythology.”
During Indigo’s time on Supergirl, the show will explore this backstory as “one aspect of the Brainiac program.” Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told Entertainment Weekly that Indigo “was one of the Fort Rozz prisoners, but how she came to be and how she ended up on the prison, and what she’s been doing on Earth is part of the fun and the surprise of the episode.”
Vandervoort is not the first former Supergirl to appear on the show. Kara’s foster mom, Eliza Danvers, is played by Helen Slater, who took on the super role in the 1984 Supergirl movie. Vandervoort, Slater, and CBS’s Supergirl Melissa Benoist will all feature in an episode later this season, but it remains to be seen if the three will be onscreen at the same time.
Not only will Supergirl have Indigo to contend with, but in episode 12, she’ll meet her match – or at least her mirror image. Bizarro Girl is coming to town. More accurately, she’s probably already in town as rumor has it that the girl Maxwell Lord was experimenting on in “Blood Bonds” will turn out to be Bizarro. Unfortunately, because of the change in Bizarro’s origin, it’s unclear exactly what her powers will be.
The show will also be bringing in Superman villain Master Jailer this season as well as adapting Alan Moore’s Superman comic “For the Man Who Has Everything” to fit Supergirl. In the comic, Superman faces the alien plant, Black Mercy, which feeds him a vision of his heart’s desire, and Supergirl episode 13 will be much the same with Kara dreaming she’s back on Krypton.
Andrew Kreisberg is particularly excited about this episode, stating: “There was something about that particular story that, to me, was almost even more resonant for her. For Superman, when it happens to him, it’s his wish for something that he never had. But for her, she wants something back that was taken from her. It really is like her stepping into this fantasy of what life would’ve been like if she had never left Krypton and had grown up there, if her parents were still alive, if she had grown into the person and the life that she wanted to lead.”
With so many exciting events in Supergirl’s future, it’s hard to imagine anything better happening, but Supergirl producer Greg Berlanti is still interested in a crossover with one or both of his other superhero shows, the CW’s The Flash and Arrow. He told Entertainment Weekly “As it remains right now we’ve talked internally about how cool it would be, but we haven’t had official conversations. [The CW chief Mark Pedowitz] is supportive.”
Considering plans would have to be set within the next month, we may have to wait a season or two for Supergirl to crossover, if it ever does, but for now, Supergirl is holding its own. The show will be back, along with Word of the Nerd’s ongoing coverage, with the Toyman-centric episode 10 on January 18.