Reign may hail from Krypton, but she'll have a different set of powers than Supergirl and Superman. In an interview with CBR, Supergirl executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed that the Season 3 villain will develop some surprising superpowers along the way.
"We hadn’t seen someone become the villain and watch them sort of slowly transform and we thought that was really interesting," Kreisberg told CBR. "So we’ve taken great pains in the first episode to introduce you to Odette [Annable]’s character Samantha and hopefully have you fall in love with her and then watch as she slowly becomes a nemesis for Kara."
Considering her Kryptonian heritage, some may have assumed that she will have the same abilities as Supergirl and Superman. However, Kreisberg revealed that "you’ll definitely see some surprises" in that regard. "Hopefully, it’s not straight up what people are expecting, as always. We’ve got a couple of really nice twists and turns."
Introduced in 2012's Supergirl #5, Reign is a member of the Worldkillers, a group imbued with world-shattering abilities by Kryptonian scientists. In the comics, she had many of the same abilities as Kara, but that doesn't mean she will be presented the same way in the television series. "We tend not to do direct adaptations of the comic books," Kreisberg explained. "We take a bit of an idea and work it through our imaginations and something new comes out on the other side."
"As much as Kara is on a journey, Samantha is on a journey too, and it gets just as much screen time as Kara’s does," he added.
Airing Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT 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.