Maggie Sawyer: How Supergirl Transformed the Cop (And Why She Might Return)

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From the Legion of Superheroes to Manchester Black and the Elite, Supergirl has done a fantastic job of incorporating the larger parts of the Superman comic book mythos into the Arrowverse setting of National City.

One of the more notable additions to the DCTV series' cast has been Floriana Lima has Detective Maggie Sawyer during the show's second season. With a comic book history that has run for decades in the DC Universe, Maggie has deep ties to both Superman and Batman in the DCU and, while she may no longer be a recurring character on Supergirl, she may reappear on a planned Arrowverse series given her comic book past. Now, here's an overview of Supergirl's no-nonsense police detective, and why she might return.

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Created in 1987's Superman #2 by John Byrne, Captain Maggie Sawyer headed Metropolis' Special Crimes Unit which tackles metahuman incidents taking place all over the city. Initially distrustful of Superman for his lack of oversight and secret identity, Maggie eventually grew to become one of the Man of Steel's firmest allies after he saved her life despite her repeated, public mistrust of him.

Later it is revealed that while stationed in Star City, Maggie had been married and had a son before coming out as gay. In the resulting divorce, Maggie lost custody of her son and took her position in Metropolis. Following a transfer to Gotham City, Maggie began dating Kate Kane without realizing that she was the vigilante Batwoman. During the New 52 era, the couple become engaged when Batwoman reveals her identity to Maggie only for the relationship to end, with Maggie returning to Metropolis during the DC Rebirth era.


Arrowverse Deaths Maggie Sawyer

Portrayed by Floriana Lima Maggie Sawyer made her Arrowverse debut in Season 2 of Supergirl, working as a member of the science department of National City's police department. After meeting Kara Danvers' older, adopted sister Alex, the two would enter a romantic relationship, eventually becoming engaged by the end of the season and moving in together.

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After a failed attempt to get approval from Maggie's father for their impending nuptials, Maggie and Alex enter a disagreement whether they want to have children themselves. After Maggie admits she does not want children while Alex does, the couple tearfully breaks up with Maggie noting that Alex would actually make a good mother before departing from her life.


After bringing Kate Kane into the Arrowverse during the "Elseworlds" Arrowverse crossover event, the CW seems set to add a Batwoman series to its lineup of DC TV shows, potentially following the end of Arrow. With that in mind, Maggie's departure during Season 3 of Supergirl may not be the last the Arrowverse sees of the character. Next season's crossover "Crisis on Infinite Earths," is rumored to merge Supergirl's Earth with the main one populated by the Flash and Green Arrow meaning Maggie Sawyer may soon be on the same planet as the Arrowverse's Kate Kane.

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Given Maggie's fan-favorite romance with Kate in DC's comic book universe, the possibility of Maggie appearing on a prospective Batwoman series would be an ideal way to further showcase Kate's more vulnerable, emotional side while connecting the new show to the larger Arrowverse. Since she's already an established character, a potential return from Lima could help bridge the new series to Supergirl s while acknowledging the detective's own history in the DCU.

Airing Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers, David Harewood as Martian Manhunter, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen and Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers.

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