Supergirl Makes a Major Update to a Superman Supporting Character

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for "Not Kansas," the latest episode of Supergirl.

There's a lot more to Eve Teschmacher than meets the eye. In "Not Kansas," the latest episode of Supergirl, the CatCo secretary revealed she went to Yale University and has a background in nuclear physics.

About midway through the episode, Lena Luthor paid James Olsen a visit at CatCo, but she didn't show up empty-handed. She brought a few boxes a pizza as well as some of her research. At the sight of so much pizza, James yelled out to Eve: "Miss Teschmacher!" This was clearly a callback to 1978's Superman: The Movie, as Lex Luthor would often shout the character's name this way when he was frustrated. In James' case, though, he just hoped she would partake in the pizza Lena brought.

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As Eve entered the room, Lena implied her research was dry and boring. In response, Eve suggested another author who worked in the same field of research, then added she had studied under that professor at Yale. This blindsided Lena a little, but she took the moment to heart. In her next scene, Eve can be seen working in a lab with Lena, who was studying the Rock of Yuda Kal.

In Superman and Superman II, Eve is portrayed as Lex's ditzy personal assistant and occasional girlfriend, though she did help out the Man of Steel when push came to shove. Similarly, Supergirl's Eve has been played as James' hapless but committed assistant. Prior to "Not Kansas," Eve's characterization stayed mostly in line with the Superman character. It's unclear what kind of role Eve will play moving forward, but it looks like it will seriously depart from the movie version of the character.

Airing Mondays at 8 p.m. on The CW, Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as the Girl of Steel, David Harewood as Martian Manhunter, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers and Jeremy Jordan as Winn Schott, with appearances by Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant and Tyler Hoechlin as Superman.

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