For the many television shows that rotate in new directors frequently, such as the case with The CW's superhero shows, it is important that the directors stick with the style of the series. If they put too much of their stamp on the show, it sticks out like a sore thumb.
Clerks and Mallrats filmmaker, Kevin Smith, knows the drills. He already got two well-received episodes of The Flash under his belt and took the same approach with his Supergirl episode—which airs this Monday.
"Most people think of me like, 'He's the guy who does guy stuff and Jay and Silent Bob and stuff like that,'" Smith told IGN. "Supergirl is a feminist icon, and to be able to come play with that character and not get it dirty or make it stupid and male and let it be what it is and do an episode that feels like that show as opposed to 'Hey, you can tell the one I directed,'" said Smith. "I don't want my s*** to stick out. I want to go in there and color within the lines, you know? Maybe that doesn't sound thrilling to people, but as a fan of the show, I don't want to create something where people go, 'Well, that doesn't feel like the rest of it.' I want to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with strong episodes that I've come to love and made me show up in the first place."
KEVIN SMITH DIRECTS; ROULETTE RETURNS — Kara (Melissa Benoist) is moved by the story of a missing woman named Izzy (guest star Harley Quinn Smith) and decides to investigate despite Snapper Carr's (guest star Ian Gomez) order to leave it alone. Kara takes Mon-El (Chris Wood) with her to the last place Izzy was seen and the duo find themselves thrust through a portal to another planet, Slaver's Moon, where the downtrodden are sold as slaves. The leader of the trafficking ring is none other than Roulette (Dichen Lachman).
To make matters worse, Slaver's Moon has a red sun, which means Kara and Mon-El are stripped of their powers and stuck on the planet with no way home. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Alex (Chyler Leigh) blames herself for Kara's disappearance, fearing she's become too focused on her new relationship with Maggie (guest star Floriana Lima) and too complacent in watching out for her sister.
Kevin Smith directed the episode with story by Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Eric Carrasco & Jess Kardos.
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The midseason premiere of Supergirl — which is titled "Supergirl Lives" and directed by Kevin Smith (Chasing Amy) — will air Monday, January 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.