DC loves to keep everything within the family. We saw this when The Flash hired former Barry Allen, John Wesley Shipp, to portray the current Barry's father, and we will soon see a similar phenomenon occur when Supergirl enlists the acting talents of Lynda Carter for the Kryptonian's second season. Expectations are high for the former Wonder Woman's arrival on the scene, and her appearance will have a major impact on the nature of the series. Andrew Kreisberg explained:
While speaking with EW about the upcoming second season of Supergirl (its first on The CW), Andrew Kreisberg opened up and explained that Lynda Carter's character will help the series tackle ideas of acceptance and the inclusion of outsiders. The former Wonder Woman will take on the role of President of the United States during Supergirl's second season, and during this time she will sign a piece of legislation granting amnesty to alien species on Earth. It's abundantly clear that Carter's character sees the good done by heroes like Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), and wants to do her part to help as well.
Of course, as is the case with all big decisions made in a comic book universe, there will be consequences. The President's choice to side with Supergirl and the other aliens will lead to numerous threats on her life, thus necessitating protection from our heroes. Expect plenty of action when they aren't talking politics.
To see that Lynda Carter's character will tackle issues of immigration shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who knows anything about the DC mythos. DC's alien characters -- particularly Martian Manhunter -- have long been used as allegories to preach about ideas like immigration and acceptance of foreigners. The villains in these stories usually cling to xenophobic ideologies, while the Kryptonians and the Martians represent the good that we can allow into our world if we open up our borders and our minds. It's deep stuff.
The introduction of this narrative is also not really surprising when we consider Supergirl's release schedule. We're currently in an election season, and immigration has become a hot button issue. The Supergirl writers clearly understand that they have a ripe narrative on their hands by premiering in October, and they want to cultivate it as much as possible before November rolls around.
This isn't a new topic in the realm of DC television. Young Justice spent an entire season delving into ideas like xenophobia and alien paranoia to great effect, and it offered some incredibly mature, well-written storylines. Check out the clip below to see for yourself:
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