Going into Supergirl season 4, is the goal to tell a variation of the Red Son story popularized by Superman in the DC Comics world?
Based on what the show’s executive producers are saying after the fact, that seems to be the case. Speaking in a new interview with TVLine, show executive producer Robert Rovner explains the season 3 finale’s ending — one in which we see an alternate Kara in Siberia following the end of the showdown with Reign:
“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.”
The Red Son story imagines Superman being brought up in the Soviet Union, and carrying with him a very different set of ideals from the version of the character we’ve come to know. How the CW series is tackling that now remains to be seen, but it’s a tricky thing to do just because it’s a very different world right now.
As for some other important pieces of subject matter, Rovner and executive producer Jessica Queller also confirm that Odette Annable will not be a regular for season 4 but the hope is to bring her back on some occasions in the future. Meanwhile, they are looking to tell stories that are a little bit more grounded moving forward, ones that will be fairly reflective of what’s going on in the world today. (For those of you who love Supergirl and Brainiac-5, that may be something that’s also explored — they have a history in the comics.)
New episodes of Supergirl are going to premiere on The CW starting this fall, and hopefully some more answers on the Red Son inspired arc will be clear then. We’ll certainly offer more news when we have it.
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