Tackling Human Inequity: Why ‘Supergirl’ Is More Than Just a Comic Book Show

Supergirl is aiming to better some-more than only her satisfactory share of comic book villains.

CBS’ DC Comics play has also tackled such picturesque issues as sexism and injustice in small-but-powerful moments in any partial given a array premiered. Every Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) debate about complicated feminism to Kara (Melissa Benoist) has a durability outcome on viewers. And Monday’s partial featured James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) bringing adult an critical indicate about complicated racism.

When Kara confided in James about how Cat told her that women can’t get indignant during work, he responded by revelation her that as a black man, he can’t get indignant in public. It was only one clearly throwaway line, though it resonated with viewers prolonged after a stage ended.

“We’re articulate about what people are articulate about out there, in a world,” executive writer Ali Adler tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We like a expectation of mirroring a universe with a genuine world. As most as we can do that and as most as people can describe to who these people are notwithstanding superpowers, that’s a goal.”

And those tiny moments are something that Brooks wants to see some-more of on Supergirl, that recently warranted an additional six-episode pickup.

“That’s a covenant to [exec producers] Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter and Greg Berlanti,” Brooks tells THR. “They come from a era that understands where we are currently in a society. They have taken an implausible event to speak about sexism and tellurian inequity, either that’s competition or gender, and meaningful them, we consider we’ll substantially get into passionate preference. But it’s been a unequivocally implausible event to be means to be rebellious in a good way.”

Brooks reveals that James’ line about how he can’t get indignant in open came as a finish warn to him, with a actor initial training of it during a show’s list read, during that he stood adult and applauded.

“I was unequivocally tender by a fact that we brought that up,” he says. “It doesn’t need to be a uncover where we’re training lessons about a amicable constructs in a society. But we consider that, if we can, if we can put that line somewhere or put that stage somewhere, it can make a child who looks like me know that he’s understood. Or a immature lady who looks like one of we can feel like she’s understood. we didn’t have that flourishing up, really.”

News that a array would take on such pithy issues comes as effusive CBS party authority Nina Tassler has done showcasing a stories of clever womanlike characters a high priority. (The exec, who will exit during year’s end, is withdrawal a bequest of likewise themed shows in development, including a new take on Nancy Drew.)

Monday’s penultimate episode of 2015 will also take a closer demeanour during who James was before he changed to National City. “You’ll see a partial of James’ past,” Brooks says. “He’s got some issues with his father. It’s not so most of a dim place as it is a unhappy place.”

The partial also finds Kara forced to live as a tellurian for a few days after she realizes she used adult all her powers defeating a Red Tornado. And in a box of terrible timing, that’s accurately when an trembler hits a city. 

“She’s still a hero,” Brooks says. “The cold thing about a partial is we comprehend we don’t need powers to be a hero. She relies on something else that even Superman couldn’t do, that is a certain attraction that she has that he doesn’t.”

When a trembler hits, Supergirl’s miss of powers pushes James into a drastic position. And that meant Brooks had to sight for stunts.

“The harness, we won’t chop words, it’s substantially easier for a woman,” Brooks says with a laugh. “Use your imagination.”

Supergirl front Mondays during 8 p.m. on CBS.