“She’s a combination of beauty, intelligence, a certain warmth, and great attitude,” says the show’s co-creator Al Gough. “We’ve wanted a character to shake things up. She may be Clark Kent’s cousin, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to be the obedient one!”
In June, Gough had stated that adding Supergirl would give the series the “mythic jolt” it needs heading in to the seventh season. The season premiere will introduce Kara, Clark’s (Tom Welling) 19-year-old cousin born on Krypton. As the daughter of Zor-El, Jor-El’s brother, Kara also has superpowers, including one that Clark has yet to develop: the ability to fly. On the more mundane side, Kara butts heads with Clark, is sweet on Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore) and draws Lex’s (Michael Rosenbaum) attention.