One of the stars of Supergirl reveals that they had pitched to have an LGBTQ storyline between Kara Zor-El and the female version of Brainiac 5.
One of the stars of Supergirl reveals that an LGBTQ storyline between Kara Zor-El and the female Brainiac 5 was pitched. The Arrowverse has come a long way since its inception in 2012, when Arrow premiered on The CW as a grittier take on the Green Arrow mythology. The series allowed for an entire universe of DC TV shows to come to life, with the franchise still living on to this day. While it didn’t start on The CW, Supergirl became an integral part of the Arrowverse. Initially created as a series for CBS, The CW ended up saving Supergirl season 2 when the former chose not to renew it for another year.
Supergirl, which ran for a total of 6 seasons and 126 episodes, centered around Kara as she became her own hero and the protector of National City. Throughout the show’s run, Supergirl became one of the Arrowverse dramas to open up the franchise’s representation of LGBTQ+ characters. Similar to DC shows like Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman, it was heavily inclusive, with one of the core queer romances between Alex Danvers and Kelly Olsen. However, it appears there was one LGBTQ+ arc that almost happened on-screen, and included the Girl of Steel herself.
This past weekend, several Supergirl cast members attended the UK convention The Ultimates, where they took part in panels that included Q&A sessions with fans. One of the attending actors was Jesse Rath, who portrayed Querl Dox, a.k.a. Brainiac 5, in Supergirl season 3-6. At one point during the panel (via @DerpSwan) Rath reveals that he had actually pitched an LGBTQ+ arc between Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl and the female Brainiac 5, played by his real-life sister Meaghan Rath. Check out an account of Rath’s comment below:
Jesse literally pitched a female brainy dating supergirl bc he knows we want a queer kara, so during the bottle episode the female brainy mentioned a partner: that was Kara.
He asked to tweet about it after to make it clear and they said no… who is surprised
— Jazz ⧗ missing ultimates (@DerpSwan) May 7, 2022
While paraphrased from the panel, Rath’s pitch does reveal a key aspect of his sister’s take on Brainiac 5 that never made it to screen. Meaghan, who appeared in Supergirl season 5 as a female iteration of Brainiac 5 from another universe, revealed during Supergirl season 5 episode 10, titled “The Bottle Episode,” that she was married to an unnamed woman before the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Brainiac 5’s wife is never referenced by name, and very little was actually revealed about her. However, had Rath’s pitch been approved, it would have given the Arrowverse the first LGBTQ+ iteration of Supergirl.
The concept of seeing a queer take on Supergirl existed for years during the show’s run, even though it unfortunately never happened. A popular romance that was heavily discussed in the Supergirl fandom was the idea of “SuperCorp,” the ship name for Kara and Lena Luthor, as there were viewers who saw the strong chemistry between the two women as more than friendship. Why Rath’s idea got shot down remains unclear, as only the showrunners, who had also pitched to do Supergirl season 7 without Benoist, could answer that question.
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