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Brooks, Adler Discuss “Supergirl’s” Dedication to Gender & Racial Diversity

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Brooks, Adler Discuss “Supergirl’s” Dedication to Gender & Racial Diversity

“Supergirl” star Mehcad Brooks and showrunner Ali Adler opened up on how the show is trying to change the conversation surrounding diversity during an interview with Collider.

“That’s a testament to Andrew Kresiberg, Ali Adler, Sarah Schechter and Greg Berlanti,” explained Brooks, who plays Jimmy Olsen on the show. “They come from a generation that understands where we are today in our society. So, I think that they have taken an incredible opportunity to talk about sexism, and an incredible opportunity to talk about human inequity, whether that’s race or gender or, knowing them, I think we’ll probably get into sexual preference. But, it’s just been a really incredible opportunity to be able to be subversive in a good way.”

Adler also addressed why she believes “Supergirl” has come under such scrutiny from fans and critics alike, saying, “[If] there were a female President, every move she makes will be scrutinized. But at the end of the day, she’ll just have been the President, so it really doesn’t matter. We hope people are watching, that they continue to, and of course when you’re the first of anything — and that’s just in the forty years since we’ve had a traditional female superhero on the networks — but it all just becomes part of the landscape. I think even our conversations are changing. That it’s less about [Supergirl] being female and more about her being Kara.”

“Supergirl” airs Mondays at 8 pm EST on CBS. Developed by producers Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg, the series stars Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart, David Harewood and Chyler Leigh.

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