Melissa Benoist Explains Supergirl’s Relationship With Lena Luthor


Supergirl has never shied away from using elements that usually belong to Superman to the new show's benefit. Parasite, Livewire, Metallo, and Cyborg Superman are usually Superman's baddies, but all of those guys are chump change compared to the Luthors. Season 2 of Supergirl introduced the Luthor family, and though it left out the most famous member of that family, the Luthors have proven to be a prominent force so far. Lena Luthor has shown herself to be the black sheep of her family, and Melissa Benoist recently opened up about the complicated relationship between Kara and Lena.

Though Lena has proven herself to be an ally on more than one occasion, she's still a Luthor, and most of Team Supergirl aren't willing to trust someone with the same upbringing as Lex. Supergirl is the only one willing to give Lena the benefit of the doub,t and Melissa Benoist spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the complications that come with trusting a Luthor.

Kara is at odds with a lot of people --- everyone basically. It's a smart story point to constantly keep people guessing about Lena, what her motives are and what she really wants. She's a Luthor, so can you ever really trust someone who was raised in that environment? I've always appreciated how Kara has given her the benefit of the doubt and trusts her because Lena has proven herself more than once that she wants to make the world a better place and she doesn't want to subscribe to her family's narrative.

In an upcoming episode of Supergirl, Lilian Luthor -- Lex and Lena's alien-hating mom -- will break out of prison and all hands point to Lena assisting her. Even though Lena helped but her mother behind bars, it's difficult to shake the negative connotations of the Luthor name. Asides from being massive fans of alliteration, the Luthors are pretty downright maniacal, and most of Lena's storyline has been about escaping from that shadow. Believing in the inherent goodness of others is a core trait of Supergirl, and Kara will have to stick her neck out for Lena to prove her innocence.

Another great sounding episode of Supergirl! The Luthors have been a great addition to the series, and though we might want to see Lex stop by National City sooner rather than later, his mom and sister are carrying their weight. The relationship between Kara and Lena has been a highlight of the season and hopefully, there's more in store for those two in the future.

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Matt Wood

Matt has lived in New Jersey his entire life, but commutes every day to New York City. He graduated from Rowan University and loves Marvel, Nintendo, and going on long hikes and then greatly wishing he was back indoors. Matt has been covering the entertainment industry for over two years and will fight to his dying breath that Hulk and Black Widow make a good couple.