The CW announced key Supergirl season four cast news at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con. The show’s stars, including Melissa Benoist, were part of this year’s panel at the Con, and they also took part in roundtable interviews in support of the upcoming season. During our interview, Benoist talked about the new members of the Supergirl cast and what fans of the series can expect from the new season.
Supergirl season four will premiere on October 14, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT.
Melissa Benoist Supergirl Interview:
What are the noticeable changes from season three to season four?
Melissa Benoist: “From the scripts that I’ve seen, the tone is very different in a really cool way. Last season was a lot of fire and brimstone and witchcraft and fantasy, which was great and an homage to Buffy the Vampire Slayer which I loved. And this season I think it’s going a little more topical and grounded in reality and the state of the world today. Kind of relating issues to what it would look like in National City.”
How is it jumping from filming a show to Broadway and back?
Melissa Benoist: “I’m having so much fun in New York. I just had a show last night and I’m kind of living out my childhood dream right now which is really fun.”
It’s really impressive how Supergirl touches on social issues without going overboard. Are you impressed by that and do you like how they’ve melded that into the stories?
Melissa Benoist: “Yeah, absolutely. I think our writers room handles things very deftly and with a lot of care because of the younger audience of the show. I think that doesn’t make it any less important that we touch on those issues. This season will be no different. I think they’re going to go even further with it.”
What opportunities are you presented with now that there’s different versions of Kara?
Melissa Benoist: “The doppelgänger that we saw at the end of season three is going to be a really cool experiment in nature versus nurture in the way that Red Son, the Superman comic, explored it showing how two people with the same abilities could be so different. What kind of heroes they would be, what their ideals and what their moral compass would be. I think that’s going to be really interesting to explore this season.
I haven’t shot anything in season four yet, but I’ve read a few of the scenes. It’s such a cool idea. The Red Son comic book is awesome so I’m excited to see what they do with it.”
Any plans for Kevin Smith to come back and direct?
Melissa Benoist: “Yeah, I think he’s slated to come back. All of us would be devastated if he didn’t. He’s kind of our favorite. We love all of our directors but Kevin’s so special.”
It’s like you’re working with a fan.
Melissa Benoist: “Yeah, absolutely. And we’re all fans of his.”
We heard about the new cast. What do you think about the new people who are joining your show?
Melissa Benoist: “I mean, I’m so excited about all of it. We’re really lucky on the show to have a really wonderful group of people. There’s not a bad egg in the bunch and we all love each other and get along. We’re so lucky that each new person is kind of exemplifying that. So, we’ve got Manchester Black (David Ajala) and Jesse Rath is joining us as Brainiac and he’s so funny. And Nia Nal (Nicole Maines) – I’m so excited about her. I’m so excited about what she’ll mean to people. I’m excited for these records she’s breaking and how important it’s going to be for young people to see that.”