Supergirl will face her most unique villain yet in the show's upcoming third season and according to the show's executive producer that's because the villain doesn't know she's a villain.
Last season on Supergirl it was revealed that another pod had escaped the death of Krypton, but it wasn't another member of the House of El sent into the universe. Instead, the pod contained Reign, a bio-engineered weapon also known as a Worldkiller, but Andrew Kreisberg told Entertainment Weekly that the Reign (Odette Annable) fans will see on the show won't know who or what she is right away.
"When we meet Reign, she's just a woman," Kreisberg said. "Her name is Samantha and she's a single mom, and she has no idea that she is Reign; she has no idea that she was the baby in the pod at the end of last season, so the journey that she takes this season is watching her realize her heritage and see how it manifests."
In comics, Reign is a relatively new villain who first appeared in 2012's Supergirl #15 as part of The New 52 and the character is a bloodthirsty, superpowered alien bent on conquering Earth. With Annable's Reign being markedly different from the comic book inspiration, Kreisberg explained that the show had an opportunity to tell a story that develops a villain from scratch.
"Usually on these shows you either meet the big bad at the end of episode one or you meet them at episode seven or nine, and you realize that they've been pulling the strings the whole time, and were out there working with their multi-year plan to take down the heroes or destroy the city," Kreisberg said. "When we were figuring out Reign, one thing we've never really seen on any of these shows is we've never seen the big bad become the big bad."
Reign's transformation from Samantha to that big bad is a perfect fit for Supergirl's overall theme in the third season. Melissa Benoist has previously indicated that issues of identity and humanity are a huge part of Kara's story this season and Kreisberg confirmed that Kara isn't alone in her identity crisis.
"The thing that everybody is struggling with on Supergirl this season is 'What does it mean to be human?'" Kreisberg said.
Fans will get to see Kara struggle with her humanity and Reign lose hers when Supergirl returns Monday, October 9th on The CW.
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