Entering Supergirl season 5, we can’t help but think that there is an interesting sense of irony about it.
Think about Lex Luthor for a moment. While the producers did undeniably a pretty-awesome job with the character, there were also certain restrictions that come with using that iconic of a DC character. You can’t just flip him into something that he isn’t without some sort of explicit permission from a lot of the powers-that-be.
However, with Leviathan entering season 5, there’s much more of an open canvas. While in the comics such a group is led by Talia al Ghul, there is no confirmation that Supergirl moves in that direction. They also don’t really have to, since there are also more super-modern versions of the group with different leadership.
More than likely, you are going to see Supergirl do everything within its power to give you a presentation of Leviathan that feels at least, via the soul of it, similar to what’s in the comics. There was no reason for them to tease it otherwise in the finale, much as they’ve done Red Daughter, Reign, and who ended up being Mon-El in the past. What they do need to figure out is just how creative they want to be with the organization on the show.
The fun of, potentially, bringing in Talia al Ghul is that it will give you an opportunity to explore a different iteration of a familiar face, something that Supergirl hasn’t really done a whole lot of so far. We know that there are probably multiple versions of other Arrowverse characters within the world of Supergirl, but because they don’t really matter all that much within the grand scheme of the story, we’re not seeing them. (Is it possible that all of the worlds end up getting merged during Crisis on Infinite Earths? We can’t rule that out…)
It’s also possible that Supergirl remixes Leviathan slightly, and takes advantage of this opportunity to bring in another modified version of another character, someone we have not had a chance to actually see somewhere else. While their version of Talia could easily be very much different from the iteration we’ve seen already, maybe they’re in favor of more of a blank-slate approach. They’ve already got one character in Eve with ties to the group, and some others could soon surface.
Regardless of who is at the top of the metaphorical food chain, we hope that the writers really embrace both the mystery and fun of having this relatively-ambiguous group at the heart of the season. We also wouldn’t be mad if they decided to make some sort of long-form mystery out of the person’s identity. We do think that the writers of Arrow did a great job with the Prometheus mystery back on season 5 of that show … though their big reveal of Vigilante was a little more disappointing.
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