Co-creators and executive producers Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler and stars Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood and Jeremy Jordan spoke at length about feminism and the impact the female hero was having on TV.
“I have two girls, and right before taking this job, my husband was really challenging me in the sense of, like, ‘Think about what this opportunity is and think about what it means to you and look at our little girls and if you don’t have a resounding yes then you’re crazy,'” said Leigh, who plays Alex Danvers in the show. “For little girls, there’s so much on TV that is influential especially towards the younger ages. To be a part of something that’s telling a very powerful story in many different ways from many different perspectives, especially from a women’s standpoint but also from little girl’s standpoint, is rewarding.”
The impact was evident at the panel. The Q&A with the audience was dominated by young girls who had questions for Benoist on playing Supergirl. One girl, after asking Benoist what it was like to fly and if they could be friends, was lifted on stage by Brooks (James Olsen) to show off her Supergirl costume.
The conversation eventually shifted to the highly anticipated crossover with CW’s “The Flash” that airs March 28. Berlanti, who is an EP on both shows, explained why it made the most sense to bring Grant Gustin’s character to National City.
“We needed to create a way to do it,” he said. “We had to introduce Superman since you’ve heard about him and you’ve heard about Supergirl, but in worlds of ‘Arrow’ and ‘Flash,’ they didn’t exist in that world. We introduced the multiverse in ‘The Flash’ this year and that was always our way in.”
Unfortunately, fans who were hoping for an announcement of a renewal of the freshman show will have to wait a bit longer. While no official word has been made, there was optimism about the renewal.
“We’re excited to tell as many stories as the 75 years of the amazing DC canon will afford us to do — so 75 years, Les Moonves,” Adler said.