Supergirl returns to our screens this month for the second half of its first season, and star Melissa Benoist will be joined by some new faces, including Laura Vandervoort... who has also worn the Supergirl cape on the small screen!
Vandervoort played Kara Zor-El in the hit series Smallville, alongside Tom Welling as Superman. Only last month, it was revealed that Welling could be in line for his own cameo on Supergirl, as he is set to star in the upcoming Section 13, also on CBS. It seems that there could be a full-blown Smallville reunion on the cards!
Vandervoort appeared on Smallville as Supergirl for 23 episodes between 2007 and 2011. She may not be back in the red and blue, but her addition to the cast is sure to thrill fans of the earlier comic adaptation.
During the Television Critics Association press tour set day, it was revealed that Vandervoort will be playing Indigo, a cyborg most closely associated with Young Justice and The Outsiders in the comic books.
Originally, Indigo is a highly advanced robot who travels back in time to cause all kinds of chaos before being reprogrammed and welcomed into the new Outsiders team, where she becomes a superhero. She looks like a teenage girl, although she has blue/green skin and pink hair, and after becoming a member of the Outsiders, often acts very much like a stereotypical young woman.
In Supergirl, the Vandervoort version of the character gets a new backstory. She's is described as "a living, strong-willed supercomputer that was sentenced to Fort Rozz after turning against the people of Krypton." Fort Rozz is obviously a huge part of this first season of Supergirl, so it's not surprising that the showrunners would want to link the character of Indigo to the Kryptonian prison, rather than giving her a separate time-traveling storyline. We don't know whether she will be keeping her distinctive brightly-colored look, but we can assume that there will be a nod to it at the very least.
It will be interesting to see how else they change the character, and what this will mean for Kara. She has taken on an android in the past (Red Tornado), so this won't be her first time battling a mechanical foe. However, as Indigo is a young woman (albeit a robot), this is sure to lead to more of a complex and emotional battle than her fights with Red Tornado. Given her comic book history, it would also be nice to see Indigo joining the Supergirl team, rather than simply being defeated.
Going forward, Indigo has connections to STAR Labs, which is sure to lead to some more speculation about the possibility of a crossover with The Flash that centers on the character. She may simply be another comic-book name for Kara to take down, but she may also become a recurring character with a whole range of storyline possibilities. It seems about the right time to add another super to team Kara, after all!
We don't know exactly when Vandervoort will be appearing on the series, but Supergirl returns January 18th, so keep your eyes peeled for the first time we see these two amazing Supergirls on screen together.
While we wait to see Vandervoot appear in her new Supergirl role, you can get your fix with this latest promo for episode 10, 'Childish Things'