‘Supergirl’ EP Talks Jimmy and Kara’s Relationship, Astra’s Motivations and More

Audiences finally got to meet Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), along with her friends and family, in last night’s series debut of Supergirl.

Kara finally accepted her fate as a superhero in last night’s pilot, and judging from the pace of the show and the heroine’s upbeat personality, watching her progress from slightly-unsure-hero into superhero should make for a fun journey.

Supergirl‘s executive producer Andrew Kreisberg teased to Entertainment Weekly what fans can expect to see next from Kara, including possible love interests, villains and mastering her powers.

On Jimmy and Kara’s relationship

“Jimmy, in a lot of ways, is representing Clark/Superman on the show. Part of her relationship with Jimmy is Jimmy acting as a conduit for Superman — this is the way Superman did things, these are the things he thinks. That’s something that Jimmy brings to the table. It’s helping Kara define what kind of superhero she wants to be. Does she want to do things like Superman? In other cases, does she think there’s a better way? There’s obviously an attraction there. How that plays out is the romantic fun of the series. A lot of attention got paid to it from some of the earlier trailers, and it’s definitely part of the show, but it’s just one part of the show. They’re really fun together. It’s fun to see Jimmy Olsen all grown up. He’s become a man, and in some ways, he’s outgrown Superman. He’s wrestling with, “If I’ve grown up, become my own man, moved to a new city, and I’m ready to have adventures of my own, am I taking a step backwards if I’m doing it with Supergirl?” He’s got a lot of fun, dramatic stuff, and he has certainly not put down his camera for the last time.”

Astra’s motivations

“Very soon, when Astra and Kara finally confront each other, Astra says, “I’m here to save the Earth,” and she’ll say, “I watched one planet die, and I’m not going to do that again.” It’s always great when the hero and the villain are two sides of the same coin. Astra’s version of saving the Earth is quite different from Kara’s.”

On Supergirl-in-training

“Training for her looks like Hank (David Harewood) and the DEO firing missiles at her as she’s trying to avoid them. There’s a very fun training sequence at the top of episode 2. You’ll see in subsequent episodes, too, that they have a room in the DEO that they can adjust the level of Kryptonite exposure in it to even the playing field, so to speak, for Kara. What’s fun about Kara and Alex (Chyler Leigh) is that Kara obviously has all the superpowers, but Alex is like Sydney Bristow, she’s a trained secret agent. She’s a much more experienced fighter than Kara is. Watching the two sisters spar and train together as Alex tries to make Kara a more competent fighter is a lot of fun.”

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