Join Us / Login

Who Is CW Supergirl’s Unknown Gay Character?

Shannen Murphy Shannen Murphy
Expert Contributor
October 9th, 2016

I'm a writer and blogger who's been focused on analyzing representation of LGBT and disabled folks in superhero, sci-fi, and fantasy media since 2014.

With Supergirl coming back for its second season next week, everyone is trying to predict where the series is headed next.  Comments from the producers seem to imply the potential of a character we already know coming out as gay.  Here, Shannen discusses just which character it might be, and comes to a startling, hopeful conclusion.

Who is CW Supergirl’s Unknown Gay Character?

Supergirl

Credit: Supergirl

Earlier this summer, buzz started to drum up over the reveal that a character in one of the CW shows would be revealed as gay.  The announcement first came from Andrew Kreisberg, who stated to press at this year’s Television Critic Association’s press tour:

“One of the characters on one of the shows is going to be exploring their sexuality and coming out.  We’re very excited about that.”

MORE NEWS FROM THE WEB

Additionally, Greg Berlanti added:

“It is a significant character.  The only reason we wouldn’t [say] is we really want the audience to enjoy the character developments and not necessarily be ahead of the storyline.”

(source: EW.com)

Later information added that the character would not be from Arrow or Legends of Tomorrow, and that the character was part of their series since at least last year, with Greg Berlanti stating:

“We had a character who we had discussed as a possibility last year internally, and it didn’t materialize.  We didn’t get to the story. We just didn’t have enough real estate to deal with it in the way that we wanted to deal with it. So when we were planning this season, we said to the network and the studio that it was a priority for us, and everyone was cool with it.”

(source: TVLine.com)

Story continues below

Consensus around the ‘Net is that the character is likely to be a Supergirl character, because Supergirl is only introducing its first gay character this season in the form of Maggie Sawyer (played by Floriana Lima) this season.

But who could it be?

Berlanti stated the character is significant.  I think that writes off one-or-two episode villains, and the fact that this character’s story receives focus seems to limit it to the core, non-villainous cast.  That cast comprises: Kara Zor-El/Kara Danvers, Alex Danvers, Lucy Lane, Winn Schott, James Olsen, Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onnz, and Cat Grant.

Let’s judge the chances for the characters I see as the top three, starting with the most likely: Alex Danvers.

Alex Danvers

I say that Alex is the frontrunner for being the gay character because it would be easiest to fit that in with what we know about where Season 2 is headed, and based on Berlanti and Kreisberg’s commentary.

Alex hasn’t had a romantic subplot so far in the show, and keeps the one man interested in her very much at arms reach — obviously, not wanting to date Maxwell Lord doesn’t make her a lesbian, it just makes her sensible.  However, Alex being gay opens her up to a potential romance arc with Maggie Sawyer, who we know is going to be interacting with the DEO over the course of the season.

I’m not saying it’s an open-and-shut case, however, considering a likely candidate is also found in…

Winn Schott

People joke a lot about Winn being gay, and when the idea of a gay character on Supergirl first floated out into public consciousness, he was an immediate candidate.

I think he has a fair shot, because Winn discovering he’s into men could take him neatly out of that pesky Winn/Kara/James love triangle.  Considering Kara is definitely not interested in Winn, and Winn seems to be okay with that, it would be a neat way to tie up that loose end.

Additionally, I would like to submit Winn’s reactions to, and interactions with, male superheroes.

Story continues below

Exhibit A: Barry Allen in “World’s Finest.”  When Winn finds out that Barry is from another universe and is a superhero, he proceeds to basically become starry-eyed.  He’s also very touchy with Barry, and they seem to connect pretty much immediately.  It’s kind of adorable, in my opinion.

Exhibit B: Clark Kent in the ‘Team Up’ promo.  When Winn finally gets to meet Superman, we cut from a wide shot of a crowd parting as Superman walks into the DEO, and then a medium shot of Winn walking toward Kara and Clark with jaw-dropped awe on his face.  He absently shakes Clark’s hand, and then, voice breathy with what seems like suspect excitement, he manages to say, “I…I have a million questions.”  His hand comes very close to Clark’s face, and he adds: “How do you shave?” with an almost stricken look on his face.  My first response to the moment was “Dear God, rarely have I seen anything so gay.”

Behaviourally, I feel like a bisexual Winn makes perfect sense.  However, we don’t have the same kind of ready-made potential romantic interest the way we would if the gay character is female.  So Alex edges ahead, but only just.

Now, let’s move on to my dark horse in this race:

Supergirl Herself

I know what you’re thinking: “Obviously Supergirl’s not gay!”  And I’m not saying that she is.  But I am saying that she could very easily be bi.  She’s an alien from outer space; I’m not sure Kryptonians have the same sexuality classifications that we do, for crying out loud.

Evidence for this is admittedly limited.  However, she has stated offhand, while listing her romantic rival’s good qualities, ends that list with “I’d date her.”

Additionally, a bisexual Kara opens up a whole host of storytelling possibilities, especially in the romantic sphere.  I’m assuming Kara/James is endgame for this show, but if we know anything about television, we know that they won’t be together for the whole show.  After all, in Smallville, Clark and Lana were on and off for five seasons — introducing drama to keep the romantic leads off balance is common practice in TV writing.

Call it wishful thinking, but I think she has a shot.  The CW isn’t afraid of bisexual female protagonists (see the admittedly flawed The 100 for proof), and DC did recently admit, via Greg Rucka, that Wonder Woman is attracted to women as well as men.

Additionally, who better to pair with Maggie Sawyer, who advocates for aliens on Earth, than an actual alien?

Finally, Kara being bi would mean a lot for bi and lesbian girls and women in the audience.  If Supergirl is one of us, well, that lets us relate to her better, and see ourselves in her — which in turn helps us see her in us, which can do wonders for one’s self esteem.

Conclusion:

No matter which character gets to explore their sexuality this season, this is going to be big.  LGBT characters in genre fiction always are, because there are so few at this time, and they die more often than straight characters do.

It remains to be seen who this character will be, and I, for one, cannot wait to find out.

 

Follow Shannen at @_murphyleigh on Twitter for more musings on gay and disabled geekery.

(Visited 2,555 times, 1 visits today)

57 Comments

  1. Theo says:

    Doesn’t have to be Supergirl, it could be Flash. If it is flash, I’d bet Wally (Kid Flash). It makes more sense that it’s Flash, not Supergirl. Flash is an established show with strong ratings. It could avoid any backlash or putting off core fan base. Supergirl has yet to establish its audience, and not likely to risk viewers.

  2. I just want to say I’m new to weblog and certainly loved your blog. Probably I’m going to bookmark your site . You really come with fantastic articles and reviews. Thanks a bunch for revealing your blog site.

  3. Between me and my husband we’ve owned more MP3 players over the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few years I’ve settled down to one line of players. Why? Because I was happy to discover how well-designed and fun to use the underappreciated (and widely mocked) Zunes are.

  4. I’d forever want to be update on new posts on this website , saved to favorites ! .

  5. Technology says:

    I precisely wanted to thank you so much all over again. I do not know the things that I could possibly have achieved in the absence of those tips and hints provided by you directly on that concern. This was the depressing problem in my opinion, nevertheless seeing a specialized way you treated it forced me to jump for gladness. I am happier for this information and in addition hope that you know what an amazing job you are always providing training the others with the aid of your websites. I know that you’ve never got to know all of us.

  6. Business says:

    You are a very bright individual!

  7. Business says:

    Hello. splendid job. I did not imagine this. This is a remarkable story. Thanks!

  8. Automotive says:

    I was just searching for this info for a while. After six hours of continuous Googleing, at last I got it in your web site. I wonder what’s the lack of Google strategy that do not rank this type of informative web sites in top of the list. Generally the top websites are full of garbage.

  9. Nice post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely helpful information specifically the last part 🙂 I care for such information much. I was looking for this particular information for a very long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  10. Pets says:

    Thanks , I’ve recently been looking for information approximately this topic for a long time and yours is the greatest I’ve discovered till now. However, what concerning the conclusion? Are you sure concerning the supply?

  11. Pets says:

    I was suggested this website by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my difficulty. You’re incredible! Thanks!

  12. I am not sure where you are getting your information, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for magnificent info I was looking for this info for my mission.

  13. Wow, awesome blog structure! How long have you ever been running a blog for? you make running a blog glance easy. The entire glance of your site is wonderful, let alone the content!

  14. It’s ideal time to make some goals for the long run. I have looked over this blog and if I should, I desire to suggest you few worthwhile ideas.

  15. Emeryeps says:

    Genuinely interesting data you have said, thank you so much for setting up.

  16. What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious familiarity on the topic of unexpected feelings.

  17. Healthy Life says:

    Hello very cool site!! Man .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your web site and take the feeds also…I’m happy to search out numerous useful information right here in the post, we’d like work out extra techniques in this regard, thanks for sharing.

  18. I’m not sure where you’re getting your info, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for wonderful info I was looking for this info for my mission.

  19. Divorcemind.com is a online divorce resource for divorce attorney, attornies and lawyers. You will find the best divorce information online. Divorce Mind will make your divorce or separation a quick, convenient and private.

  20. divorcemind says:

    Divorcemind.com is a online divorce resource for divorce attorney, attornies and lawyers. You will find the best divorce information online. Divorce Mind will make your divorce or separation a quick, convenient and private.

  21. The when I just read a weblog, I really hope it doesnt disappoint me around this place. Come on, man, It was my replacement for read, but When i thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is often a bunch of whining about something that you could fix in case you werent too busy seeking attention.

  22. imsc seo says:

    IMSC SEO is a Singapore SEO Company. They provide comprehensive Singapore SEO services to help SG businesses to gain traffic from search engine. Their SEO agency has many years of experiences working with overseas companies on more competitive grounds. They are the best seo company in Singapore you can find. Their SEO expert and consultant understand exactly what search engine optimization your company need to gain search engine traffic.

  23. Definitely believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the net the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get irked while people consider worries that they plainly don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people can take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  24. First of all I would like to say wonderful blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing. I’ve had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Cheers!

  25. Automotive says:

    I’ve recently started a web site, the information you offer on this site has helped me tremendously. Thanks for all of your time & work.

  26. Divorcemind.com is a online divorce resource for divorce attorney, attornies and lawyers. You will find the best divorce information online. Divorce Mind will make your divorce or separation a quick, convenient and private.

  27. Emeryeps is a SEO(Search Engine optimzation) and Internet Marketing company. They help businesses to get traffic from various search engine and online community. They have seo experts and consultants with many years of SEO Experiences. No matter where your business is located, EmeryEPS.com can help your business to secure your highly convertible leads online.

  28. cremation says:

    SacramentoCremation.us is one of the leading crematorium services in the Sacramento area. Feel free to contact us regarding any questions on Sacramento Cremation Services or concerns you might have. Our staff will respond to you as soon as possible.

  29. Between me and my husband we’ve owned more MP3 players over the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few years I’ve settled down to one line of players. Why? Because I was happy to discover how well-designed and fun to use the underappreciated (and widely mocked) Zunes are.

  30. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor.

  31. This is getting a bit more subjective, but I much prefer the Zune Marketplace. The interface is colorful, has more flair, and some cool features like ‘Mixview’ that let you quickly see related albums, songs, or other users related to what you’re listening to. Clicking on one of those will center on that item, and another set of “neighbors” will come into view, allowing you to navigate around exploring by similar artists, songs, or users. Speaking of users, the Zune “Social” is also great fun, letting you find others with shared tastes and becoming friends with them. You then can listen to a playlist created based on an amalgamation of what all your friends are listening to, which is also enjoyable. Those concerned with privacy will be relieved to know you can prevent the public from seeing your personal listening habits if you so choose.

  32. Emeryeps says:

    Emeryeps is a SEO(Search Engine optimzation) and Internet Marketing company. They help businesses to get traffic from various search engine and online community. They have seo experts and consultants with many years of SEO Experiences. No matter where your business is located, EmeryEPS.com can help your business to secure your highly convertible leads online.

  33. wp sites says:

    It is usually right time to prepare some plans for the future. I have go through this blog entry and if I could, I wish to recommend you few useful recommendations.

  34. “Great Blogpost! I couldn’t refrain from commenting. _Perfectly written!”

  35. link says:

    You’ve got it in one. Couldn’t have put it better.

  36. Sorry for the huge review, but I’m really loving the new Zune, and hope this, as well as the excellent reviews some other people have written, will help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.

  37. Technology says:

    Very good written information. It will be beneficial to everyone who utilizes it, including me. Keep up the good work – for sure i will check out more posts.

  38. Dentist says:

    I’ve been absent for some time, but now I remember why I used to love this website. Thank you, I will try and check back more frequently. How frequently you update your website?

  39. Automotive says:

    Hello there, You have done an excellent job. I’ll certainly digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am sure they’ll be benefited from this site.

  40. Business says:

    I am continually looking online for ideas that can facilitate me. Thanks!

  41. I want to express my appreciation to the writer for rescuing me from this type of matter. After searching throughout the the net and seeing tips that were not productive, I figured my life was well over. Being alive without the presence of answers to the problems you have fixed as a result of your entire guideline is a crucial case, as well as ones that would have in a wrong way damaged my entire career if I had not come across the website. Your personal training and kindness in dealing with almost everything was crucial. I’m not sure what I would have done if I hadn’t come across such a thing like this. It’s possible to now relish my future. Thanks so much for the skilled and amazing help. I will not hesitate to refer your blog post to any individual who wants and needs counselling on this situation.

  42. I truly appreciate this post. I¡¦ve been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thx again

  43. Real Estate says:

    I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here. The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish. nonetheless, you command get bought an impatience over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come further formerly again since exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this hike.

  44. Business says:

    you’re in point of fact a just right webmaster. The site loading speed is incredible. It kind of feels that you are doing any distinctive trick. Also, The contents are masterwork. you have done a fantastic process in this matter!

  45. Hiya, I am really glad I have found this information. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossips and web and this is really annoying. A good website with interesting content, this is what I need. Thanks for keeping this web-site, I’ll be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Can not find it.

  46. Technology says:

    Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your site and in accession capital to assert that I get in fact enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I will be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  47. Education says:

    you are in point of fact a good webmaster. The web site loading velocity is amazing. It seems that you are doing any unique trick. In addition, The contents are masterwork. you have performed a fantastic process on this topic!

  48. Automotive says:

    Hi there, You have done a fantastic job. I’ll certainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I’m sure they’ll be benefited from this website.

  49. “Great Blogpost! Enjoying the information on this website, you’ve done a _superb job on the content.”

  50. Education says:

    You made some decent points there. I did a search on the subject matter and found most persons will approve with your website.

  51. Technology says:

    Usually I don’t learn post on blogs, however I would like to say that this write-up very compelled me to check out and do so! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, very great post.

  52. It¡¦s truly a nice and useful piece of information. I am glad that you simply shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  53. Technology says:

    You can certainly see your skills within the work you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. All the time follow your heart.

  54. Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful info. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely comeback.

  55. I have to say i am very impressed with the way you efficiently website and your posts are so informationrmative. You have really have managed to catch the attention of many it seems, keep it up!

ComiConverse with us...

Yes No