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Welcome to The Hollywood Reporter‘s special Comic-Con edition of DC TV Watch, a rundown of all things DC Comics on TV. Each week, we round up the major twists, epic fights, new mysteries and everything else that goes down on The CW’s DC fare. This week, we’re on the scene in San Diego breaking down all the highlights from the Black Lightning, Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl panels. So keep refreshing this page as we update with news and highlights from each panel starting with Supergirl and continuing through with updates from Legends of Tomorrow at 4:10 p.m. PT, Black Lightning at 4:50 p.m., The Flash at 5:10 p.m. and Arrow at 5:50 p.m.
(Season three returns Monday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. on The CW)
The big news: Four new actors have joined Supergirl for season three: Adrian Pasdar (Heroes, Agents of SHIELD), Carl Lumbly (Alias), Yael Grobglas (Jane the Virgin) and Emma Tremblay (Elysium).
What you need to know: Pasdar will play charismatic capitalist Morgan Edge, a ruthless real estate developer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants (and what he feels he deserves). The DC villain’s big plans for National City instantly put him at odds with Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath). Lumbly will reprise his Justice League animated character, the classic DC Comics Martian M’yrnn J’onzz, aka J’onn J’onnz’s (David Harewood) father. A pacifist religious leader on Mars, M’yrn pushes his son in unexpected ways — and not just in the past, because M’yrnn will find J’onn in the present as the other last remaining green martian. Grobglas will play villain Psi, a psychic who uses people’s own minds against them. Psi’s agenda puts her on Supergirl’s radar, and their meeting will affect the Girl of Steel in surprising ways. And Tremblay will play Ruby, a smart, independently minded National City kid who’s fascinated by Supergirl and ends up in jeopardy because of it.
Other teases: New showrunners Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner revealed that the theme of season three is what it means to be human. “All of the characters will be exploring that question, especially Kara,” Queller said.
Calista Flockhart will also return for a recurring role in season three, which will see Cat Grant — who viewers now know always knew that Kara was Supergirl — reunite with her.
Another fan-favorite character, Mon-El (Chris Wood), also had his fate up in the air after escaping Earth’s toxic lead-filled atmosphere in the finale. But Wood surprised the audience with his appearance at the panel and Rovner revealed that, “Mon-El will return at some point. But how he does is one of the central mysteries of season three.”
And “Sanvers” fans were treated to some positive news from the showrunners, despite Floriana Lima’s demotion from series regular to recurring guest star for season three. Alex proposed to Maggie in the season two finale, and Queller promised their story is not over despite the casting change. “Most of you know that Floriana is not able to return for the full season but that being said we have an amazing beautiful story to tell that really honors the love between these two women.”
Check out the new trailer, below.
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