Season 1 of Supergirl featured a handful of Easter egg appearances from actors who are perhaps best known for playing comic characters in years past. Dean Cain of the Lois & Clark TV series and Helen Slater of the 1984 film Supergirl signed on to play Jeremiah and Eliza Danvers, and Laura Vandervoort of Smallville showed up as the villainess Indigo. Now, Season 2 will bring in the biggest legend to date when Lynda Carter of classic Wonder Woman fame appears in the perfect role: President of the United States.
Lynda Carter will appear on Supergirl as President of the United States in the third episode of Season 2, according to DC Comics. The role will be recurring, too, so we can count on seeing plenty of Carter on The CW this fall. She presumably won't be wearing a lasso of truth at her hip or bullet-deflecting bracelets like those she wore in the three seasons of Wonder Woman in the 1970s, but I'm sure she can rock a 2016 presidential pantsuit and flag pin just as fabulously. And Air Force One has bulletproof windows.
Supergirl has mostly stayed out of politics to this point, although Kara did drop a bombshell to the audience by revealing that the Beyoncé of her Earth is actually Senator Knowles. It's pretty unlikely that The CW will be able to recruit Beyoncé to appear on Supergirl, but it's fun to imagine a very serious scene unfolding between President Wonder Woman and Senator Knowles.
Of course, Lynda Carter's president won't actually be President Wonder Woman, but we can expect that she'll be pretty wonderful. Supergirl has always gone out of the way to present empowered female characters with plenty of agency over their own lives. The President of the United States being a woman in the Supergirl Earth makes sense, considering the tone of the series to date. Frankly, I'd have been shocked if Season 2 had revealed that Kara would be meeting a Mr. President rather than a Madam President. The casting of an iconic DC TV heroine for the part is definitely reason to get excited for what's to come in the fall.
Supergirl isn't the only DC series that will be getting a bit political in 2016 - 2017. Gotham will be touching on the presidential election at some point in its Season 3, and Arrow ended Season 4 by elevating Oliver Queen to mayor of Star City for Season 5. Depending on how crazy campaign season gets as the real life presidential election approaches, politics on Supergirl, Gotham, and Arrow may require less suspension of disbelief than the evening news.
Unfortunately, Supergirl is currently on hiatus, and it'll be a while before we get to see Lynda Carter as the POTUS on Kara's Earth. Only time will tell if she turns out to be an ally of Supergirl's and whether or not this DC TV icon will play a part in the larger Super Legends of Flarrow-verse via crossover on The CW in the fall. For a peek at what has been confirmed about what's to come for Supergirl, check out our breakdown of what we know so far.
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