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Exclusive: Supergirl Soars Into Smallville

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Tom Welling in Smallville by Michael Courtney/The CW
Look, up in the sky: It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s Supergirl?! When Smallville returns for its seventh season this fall it will be revealed that Clark Kent (Tom Welling) is not the only member of his family to survive the destruction of the planet Krypton. His cousin Kara “was sent to Earth in a ship that arrived at the same time as baby Kal-El’s,” reveals executive producer Al Gough, referring to Clark by his Kryptonian name. “But there was a problem and she’s been in suspended animation for the last 16 years. We’ll find out in the season premiere that the big dam break in last season’s finale is the reason she’s finally awoken.”

Gough says this latest visitor from the DC Comics universe “will help Clark get in touch with his Kryptonian roots. With his [adopted] father dead and his [adopted] mother moved to Washington [to become a U.S. Senator], and Lana blown up, suddenly there’s some family in his life.”

Like her cousin, Kara will have enhanced physical abilities generated by Earth’s yellow sun. “She has all of Clark’s powers and a couple he doesn’t have yet,” Gough teases. “She can fly. And her response when Clark asks why is ‘obviously girls mature faster than boys.’”

Kara, a teenager when Krypton exploded, was sent to Earth by her father, Zor-El (Kal-El’s uncle), to look after her younger cousin. But while in suspended animation she didn’t age and now it’s Clark who must be the mentor. “She becomes enamored with our culture: clothes and iPods and stuff,” Gough says. “We’ll have a lot of fun as she gets acclimated.”

Kara makes her debut in the season premiere of the CW drama and will appear in about half of this season’s episodes. A casting notice is set to go out shortly, and producers hope to unveil their new addition at July’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. –Rich Sands
Posted by TV Guide Staff
Jun 11, 2007 7:44 AM
Frak! This is amazing news. I am so excited for season 7 now!
Posted by jaredmars
Jun 11, 2007 8:19 AM
Another character to destroy, I see. Whoop-di-freaking-doo. Why bother? As soon as Lana returns anything progress or anything Clark learns will be magically forgotten. Nothing matters on this show but Who Loves Lana More; putting Supergirl on here is a waste of audience's time who want to see Clark and Lex progress. Instead, we get something to fill in the episodes until Lana returns and voila, it's back to the same old tired storyline of Clark and Lana. *yawn* In the long run, Supergirl will mean nothing to Clark and this show.
Posted by Pyro
Jun 11, 2007 8:31 AM
I know the creators have a "no flight" rule for Clark in order to keep the show from becoming corny, but after 6 seasons, I think they've established the mood. I think it's ridiculous that you are going to have a show about Superman coming of age, and not show how he develops and slowly controls the ability to fly. Instead we have a whole season based on three witches and magic stones. If they never explore Clark flying, then they will have done a show about Superman's youth and the fans a great injustice.
Posted by amit687
Jun 11, 2007 9:33 AM
Since this is Michael Rosenbaum's last year on Smallville and as Lex, I wager a new shift will take place on villain focus and overall plot. I see this as the year Lex will kill his father, the year Lex will be sent to prison, and the year the Justice League will be truly be borne. I think it is obvious that Lana isn't dead, Pyro, but I don't see her as being a big focus anymore. Martha is off the show, new characters will be introduced, and a big push will be made to get Clark into journalism and fighting Bizarro and other big time villains. Lex is good, but he's not the only major bad guy in Superman's mythos.
Posted by Spiderkeg
Jun 11, 2007 9:44 AM
OMG, another bimbo on the show. I god I don't watches the show regularly and none at all except for the Justice League episode. I rather have my comics rather than this filt.
Posted by Scorned1
Jun 11, 2007 9:45 AM
I am truly underwhelmed by the news. I am not in the mood to see Clark interact poorly with yet another woman, relative or not. And I think this introduction is ridiculous, this late in the series. If this is the last season, then the last thing that is needed is the introduction of a new character. I suspect this season and 'Kara', will go down in history being remembered much like 'Cousin Oliver' was from the Brady Bunch. And it's not good!
Posted by PriscillaPal
Jun 11, 2007 10:13 AM
Well, color me naively optimistic. =)

I think this sounds like a lot of fun. This is one girl who we know will NOT fall for Clark, which will be a nice change. And it'll be nice to have some fun, non-angst in the show. I hope she gets to meet up with the Justice League characters.
Posted by Taylor
Jun 11, 2007 10:31 AM
this sounds fun and everything, but didn't they already cover Supergirl territory with that faux-Supergirl from an earlier season (and wasn't the actress the same one who played Sam's doomed girlfriend on Supernatural?). I can barely remember the plot, but she was supposed to be from Krypton, but Jor-El just gave a human girl superpowers and told her she was Kryptonian? And she was even called Kara. So now, Jor-El was lying about the real Kara's existence? I smell a retcon.

And that 'girls mature faster' comments sounds a lot like Jen and Kira in Dark Crystal: 'you can fly?' 'of course, silly, I'm a girl.'
Posted by tristram
Jun 11, 2007 11:54 AM
I agree with the last poster, this is great news as I love Supergirl.
Hopefully Lana really did blow up and Chloe isn't dead but I think this is a great addition to the show and am looking forward to the new season.
Posted by Darvy
Jun 11, 2007 12:02 PM
Supergirl sounds fun! I am trying to figure out the big question... who would be a good Supergirl?
Posted by bantling14
Jun 11, 2007 12:12 PM
Spiderkeg, I appreciate your optimism. But Promise last season proved that this show has no problems assasinating every other character in favour of portraying a pure Lana Lang. How can they resist trumpeting Lana's return bathed in holy golden light to look lovingly down upon Clark to show him what he was really sent to earth for? Loving her of course.

Clark and Lex long ago ceased to be main characters on this show. It it the Lana Lang show. I fully expect there to be much moping on Clark's part and beating of chests for Clark and Lex who hate each other now more than ever because for Lex, Lana never loved him and only loved Clark (despite that hideous confession of loving both of them. I've never heard of such tripe in my life) and Clark will hate Lex believing that he is the cause for Lana's death. As such, when Kara arrives, she will help him learn the true extent of his power/alien heritage ... and Lana Lang will the reason for Superman and the truly villanous Lex Luthor. Not because they have opposing good versus evil views on the world. No, it's because they both wanted to love Lana.

Al Gough can trumpet as many DC characters as he wants, but unless Lana is gone forever, every storyline depends on Lana. What character growth can be tied back to Lana? Can they undo any character growth in favour of Lana without causing too much fuss? Can Lana be fit into any major storylines upon her return while other characters ie Chloe/Lois can be quietly shifted out of the way? How much can Clark grieve and move past her without upsetting Clark/Lana fans? How much can they dump on Lex to gain back the favour of those Lana fans? How much can they dump on Chloe to gain back those Lana fans? How far can they progress the Clark and Chloe friendship without causing the Lana fans to bolt? How much of that progress can they hold back so some Lana fans remain viewers until her return? How many main storylines can be held back until Lana returns? So, until Lana returns, nothing will happen that can't be retconned later on in her favour. Least of all character growth for Clark and Lex.
Posted by Pyro
Jun 11, 2007 12:16 PM
When a character exists in the real Superman mythology, is it really a new character?? Anything more closly related to the known universe of Superman is fair game in my oppinion.

Now, isn't it getting time for Kal-El to go off to the forterss and complete his maturing and bring in a new series?

Metropolois????
Posted by dondeyne
Jun 11, 2007 12:23 PM
I can't wait for season 7 now. This is the best news. A couple seasons ago when they had the faux-kara it was a horrible tease. I can't wait for this to come, especially as a DC comics fan, they are following the right post crisis story line.

I don't want to post any possible spoilers, but in this same storyline where she was in suspended animation and came later, it was also revealed that she was possibly sent to Earth to KILL Clark. Jor-El's brother hated clarks father and sent Kara to kill Clark.

... but I dont know how that was resolved and later we got two supergirls and .... well ... it's comics, it was confusing. go to the store and support comics! The latest Supergirl book is great.
Posted by Rubin
Jun 11, 2007 12:33 PM
*groans* Goughlar? STOP THE FRAKING MADNESS!!

Can you please FIX THE CHARACTERS THAT YOU ALREADY HAVE BEFORE ADDING MORE?!?!

GAH!!
Posted by liz_antoinette
Jun 11, 2007 1:03 PM
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