Next week sees the return of Supergirl, ABC’s superhero series about the ‘Woman of Steel’ and cousin of Superman, for a third season of world-saving and running around in a big, red cape.
Before she reappears, we thought we’d take a look back at the characters in this DC-TV Extended Universe tie-in, to remind ourselves who’s who…
Kara Zor-El/Kara Danvers/Supergirl (Melissa Benoist)
Kara is Superman’s cousin, who grew up on the planet Krypton before its destruction when she was twelve. Fleeing in a pod, she travelled to Earth, though she becomes trapped in the Phantom Zone during her journey and arrives years later once Superman has grown up.
Working with the D.E.O., Kara has embraced her identity as Supergirl, fighting alien threats and protecting the innocent. Working at CatCo Media as a journalist, she fights for justice even in her civilian life.
J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter (David Harewood)
The last of the Green Martians, J’onn fled to earth following the destruction of his people. Having taken on the identity of Hank Henshaw, the evil leader of the D.E.O., J’onn made the organisation a force for good before his true identity was revealed.
J’onn remains the leader of the D.E.O. and will even assist Supergirl in the field thanks to his amazing abilities.
Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh)
Kara’s foster sister, Alex is a bio-engineer and the top agent at the D.E.O., working alongside her sister and J’onn to protect earth. A capable fighter, Alex has gone toe to toe with some of the shows strongest foes, including Kryptonians.
Alex recently came out as gay and is in a relationship with police officer Maggie Sawyer.
James Olsen/Guardian (Mehcad Brooks)
Superman’s best friend, James Olsen moved to National City to work at Catco. Media, where he has since become the acting CEO.
Inspired by Kara’s heroics, he has gone on to adopt the vigilante identity of Guardian, using an armoured suit and gadgets to fight crime.