During the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, "Supergirl" executive producers Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg offered a new trailer and more details about the upcoming first season of the show, including the appearances of Red Tornado, General Sam Lane and Non.
Hot off the news that Lois Lane's younger sister Lucy had been cast for the show, their father General Sam Lane will likewise put in an appearance "with an agenda," according to The Hollywood Reporter. No details were offered about Red Tornado, who is a hero in the comics, though the producers revealed that their Kryptonian villain, Non, will be "a slightly different take on the character."
As to whether or not Superman will become a growing influence, executive producer and DC Comics exec Geoff Johns said, "He will be a factor in her life but you won't see him exactly on screen; he'll be in the background but he does play a part in her evolution."
"As much as we respect the history of Superman, it's very much [Kara/Supergirl's] point of view," Adler added.
"Superwoman is a different character," she explained when asked why the show was called "Supergirl" instead of "Superwoman," while Berlanti added, "We knew going in that Supergirl might imply a younger audience but we thought we could take the power of the word back."
"The tendency with Superman is to make him so powerful that there isn't any danger. Week in and week out, you want to feel like Supergirl may not survive these things," Kreisberg weighed in.
The show centers on Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), a Kryptonian stranded on Earth following the destruction of her home planet Krypton. Assuming the name Kara Danvers, she decides to come out of hiding at the age of 24 and really use her super abilities for good.