Every villain featured in The CW’s DC Comics universe thus far has been of the cackling, mustache-twirling, destroy-or-take-over the world variety. Some have been better received than others, but none of them have spent a lot of time developing why they are the way they are.
That all changes this season with Supergirl Season Three when Odette Annable joins the cast as Reign, the Worldkiller. She’ll prove to be a devastating threat for Supergirl as the show progresses, but she’ll start out as a single mom just trying to live her life.
Supergirl executive producer Andrew Kreisberg spoke about the character being a genetically-modified weapon of mass destruction, “ “But she has no idea! She has been living in National City as person named Samantha Arias.”
Fans caught their first glimpse of the character in the Season Two finale when it flashed back to “the day Krypton died” and showed another pod escape before the planet's destruction. Just a baby, she appears to have landed around a similar time as Kal El given her being raised on Earth as a human.
“Everyone [in the cast] will have a relationship with her, and that will drive much of the season in terms of how far they’re willing to go to stop her when she becomes Reign,” Kreisberg said to TV Insider. “Some will believe she needs to be saved; others will think she needs to be stopped.”
The approach will be unique for a show on The CW, because they want fans to see how a character becomes a villain rather than introduce a threat or mastermind who already has it out for the heroes.
“One thing we’ve never done on Arrow or The Flash is watch the villain become the villain,” Kreisberg said. “Sam is just Sam… [She] will realize there is something different about her… It’s a fun dark-mirror version of the journey Christopher Reeve took in the original Superman as Clark.”
We’ll learn more about Samantha’s journey toward becoming Reign when Supergirl returns to The CW on Monday, October 9.
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