The superhero drama series “Supergirl” has found a new cast member.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series has picked Floriana Lima for the regular role of Maggie Sawyer, the gay DC Comics character who appeared in both the “Superman” and “Batman” comics series. The addition of Maggie Sawyer to the series continues executive producer Greg Berlanti’s mission to make established properties more inclusive, often by explicitly changing the ethnicity and sexuality of characters.
In an interview with THR earlier this year, “I wanted to contemporize these comics that I loved growing up and have them reflect the society that we live in now. It’s still about working in some of those very real qualities so that everyone feels represented.”
Created by John Byrne in 1987, Maggie Sawyer was introduced in the 2nd series of “Superman” as the captain of the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit. She is a member of the Science Police, a special division of the police department that deals with meta humans. She was later revealed to be gay, and was one of the first openly gay characters in mainstream comics history. She went on to have a few romantic relationships in the series, most famously with Batwoman in several “Batman” titles.
Floriana Lima is best known for her starring roles in TV series like “The Mob Doctor,” about a surgical resident who juggles her hospital duties with helping the mob, and most recently “The Family,” about a family shaken by the sudden return of a son who was presumed dead for 10 years. Both series were cancelled after one season.
The second season of “Supergirl” will premiere on October 10th on The CW.