As of this morning, it was officially announced that CBS's new show Supergirl, (which follows the adventures of Kara Zor-El, cousin to Superman) has been confirmed for a second season. So what does this mean? Well, for starters, it means one of my coworkers, who said the show would end after Season 1, owes me money. But what does it mean within the context of the show? Let's investigate.
Myriad Is Coming!
Myriad is the name of whatever superweapon Non and the Kryptonians are preparing to unleash on an unsuspecting humanity. We've been given precious little information about what Myriad is and what it does, but it's fairly clear that whatever it is, it's not going to be in any way related to the DC Comics character of the same name.
Myriad, within the DC universe, was originally a LexCorp employee, specifically the personal trainer of Lex Luthor II, (the original Lex Luthor in disguise as his own nonexistent son). After an intense training session during which Lex felt embarrassed in the presence of others, he killed Myriad's human form, Sasha Green, and hid the body in a landfill. However, her corpse attracted a parasitic organism called Gemir, which activated certain "latent metahuman abilities." These powers include mind control, shapeshifting, and psyche absorption. However, whenever she makes contact with someone else, she reacts to any pain inflicted on the individual and the only way she is able to save herself is by using her mind control to force the victim to commit suicide. Taking a new identity also leaves her with amnesia. Following the Bloodlines story arc, the character vanished from the DC universe and has not reappeared. Obviously, it's pretty unlikely that a single "psyche-stealer" is going to, in the words of Non, "bring humanity to its knees," so Myriad has to be something else. But are there any other things we can expect to see in Season 2 of Supergirl?
With a confirmed Flash/Supergirl crossover happening in the next few weeks, as well as Stephen Amell's tease at a possible Supergirl/Arrow crossover, it's possible that Supergirl's Season 2 confirmation will lead to more crossovers in the future. As far as Season 1's crossover with The Flash is concerned, we have been told that Grant Gustin's Scarlet Speedster will appear alongside the Last Daughter of Krypton in an episode of her show, titled 'World's Finest,' which is generally a term that is only applied to team-ups between the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader. However, I'm pretty sure Greg Berlanti knows what he's doing. We saw a quick Supergirl Easter Egg hiding in an episode of The Flash, specifically as Barry is traversing the multiverse between Earth-1 and Earth-2.
While it is highly unlikely at this point that there will be a Supergirl/Arrow crossover during the show's current season, Stephen Amell has stated on multiple occasions that he would be enthusiastic about the possibility, although so far, we have yet to receive any official confirmation on whether we can expect a crossover between the two shows in the future. But wait, there's more!
The Arrival Of Silver Banshee!
Yep, that's right! Italia Ricci is currently portraying Siobhan Smythe on Supergirl and is going to make the jump to full-fledged villainess just in time for the crossover between Supergirl and The Flash. Which is rather appropriate when one considers that Italia Ricci's fiancé, Robbie Amell, just finished portraying the villainous character Deathstorm, (an evil version of Ronnie Raymond's Firestorm) on The Flash.
So does this mean we may see the lovers reunite on Supergirl? Short answer: no. A couple of reasons for that are, number one, Robbie Amell's Deathstorm is from an alternate Earth, number two, Deathstorm is dead, and number three, if he were still alive and on our Earth, he'd have some major explaining to do when his Earth-2 wife, Killer Frost, catches him cheating with the Silver Banshee. But since a supervillain love triangle is out of the equation, what else can we expect to see in the future of Supergirl?
More Superman References!
One of the few negative characteristics of the TV show featuring the Girl of Steel is just how often we see her constantly trying to crawl out from under her cousin's shadow. No matter what the situation, there has not been a single episode which has not referenced "him," included him talking (either as a small child in her imagination or chatting with Kara online), or some phrase that is directly associated with the Last Son of Krypton. Okay script writers, so Supergirl and Superman are cousins. I think we get it. No need to go crazy. Some viewers have even gone so far as to say that it is not the Supergirl show at all but rather the Superman show featuring Supergirl as a recurring guest character. Lately, however, we have seen Supergirl acknowledge her cousin less and less, which is a smart move on the part of the writers. But possibly the best thing about a Season 2 for Supergirl?
Much More Martian Manhunter Awesomeness!
Let's just be honest for a minute. I know the show is about Supergirl, but David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter is probably the best thing about it up to this point. He's shown us that sometimes we must turn to the ones we consider "freaks" for help in crises. Harewood pulls off the Martian masterfully, but perhaps more astonishing is how equally capable he is of making us fall in love with the character of Hank Henshaw, an identity he took on out of necessity alone. But perhaps the biggest question facing Supergirl fans today?
Will We See Maxwell Lord Return?
Yes, it's sad, but true. The coolest villain on TV just might be abandoning his post after Season 1 ends. There is no concrete evidence at this point that he will leave the show entirely, but if he doesn't, his role in subsequent episodes is certainly going to be diminished. The reason for this is that the actor, Peter Facinelli, has been tapped to play the male lead in a new show entitled Zoobiquity, which follows a socially challenged veterinarian (Facinelli) as he teams up with a successful cardiologist, (Marsha Thomason) in order to cure seemingly incurable diseases using untested cross-species medicine. Personally, I gotta say, as interesting as that sounds, I'd rather have Facinelli gracing our screens as a higher-class Lex Luthor than as a veterinarian. Again, there has yet to be any official confirmation that Facinelli will be leaving Supergirl, but at the moment, the future doesn't look promising.