Helen Slater to appear in Supergirl pilot in mystery role

Supergirl-Helen-Slater-36Am I excited about this news? Heck yeah! The fan-pleasing announcement that Helen Slater will guest star in the pilot in what was described to Deadline as a ‘mystery role’ is teasingly short on details, but I’m sure that’s the point! This is the kind of news that gets fans excited and eager to tune in.

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Now…who could she play?

Alura seems the obvious choice, but Laura Bernanti has already been cast as Kara’s birth mom in a recurring role, so that’s out. (Yes, we are getting Alura in a recurring role. How amazing is that?!)

Lara is another possibility being bandied about by fans, but I don’t think Berlanti Productions would want to rehash that casting since Slater already played Lara on Smallville. [The treatment of Lara on that show was really terrible.] More importantly, I do not think we’ll see Kal’s parents in speaking roles, if at all, because that would conflict with the movieverse casting.

What about Sylvia/Edna Danvers?

There was a scene in one of the leaked audition tapes that suggests Kara’s foster mom might appear in a flashback.

A touching scene between 12 year old Kara and her foster mom.

Young Kara: There, Corona Borealis. So close to my bedroom window when I was little. Its light kept me awake.

Mother Danvers: I can’t see it, it’s a billion light years from here.

Young Kara: Sorry.

Mother Danvers: I got my doctorate when I was 19. I was always the youngest woman with the right answer in a room full of smart men. I know what it feels like to not fit in.

Young Kara: I used to belong, up there.

Mother Danvers: I know sweetheart but you’re not up there anymore.

Young Kara: Do you know what it’s like [sigh] to have to hide what makes me so special on this planet? People laugh at me.

Mother Danvers: You know, people have a tough time making sense of extraordinary things.

Young Kara: Them not believing, I mean it makes me want to prove to them what I’m capable of.

Mother Danvers: Someday you’ll use those powers for greatness, but for now, how about you just get used to being the new kid in town.

Young Kara: Just because you can’t see Corona Borealis, doesn’t mean its not there.

[via Supergirl.tv]

I would love to see Slater play Supergirl’s Earth mom in a semi-recurring role. It probably won’t happen, but it would be a dream come true if she did.

If she’s not playing Mama Danvers, my guess is that Slater will appear as a minor character from the comics that long-time fans would recognize, but not a core Supergirl or Superman character. There are so many great possibilities to pull from, and I can’t wait to see.

Michelle

Michelle loves comics and code. A lifelong Superfamily fan, she's been collecting comics for 20 years, and running Supergirl: Maid of Might since 2000.

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