A slew of actors are moving to National City for season two of The CW’s SUPERGIRL. The latest addition is Det. Maggie Sawyer, played by Floriana Lima, who takes a special interest in cases involving aliens. In the DC comics, Sawyer is well known as a captain with Metropolis Special Crimes Unit. The character was previously played by Jill Teed on Smallville.
The character of Sawyer first appeared in 1987 in Superman and has been seen in both Superman and Batman comics. Sawyer was also involved in Project Cadmus in the Superman comic series, a storyline that will play a major role in season two of the CW series. Melissa Benoist’s Kara Danvers declared at the end of the first season that she would seek out Project Cadmus, which has imprisoned her stepfather Jeremiah Danivers, and hopefully bring Jeremiah home with the help of her sister Alex Danvers and J’onn J’onzz.
Sawyer became one of the first openly gay characters in the comic world and would go on to be romantically paired with Batwoman. The CW received backlash last year after the death of a prominent lesbian character on The 100, kickstarting an online campaign to raise awareness called “Bury Your Gays” to emphasize the way the LGBT community is often portrayed in television. The network has not shied away from having diverse characters, particularly in the last few years, and Sawyer’s orientation in the comics is not likely to be dropped from her on-screen persona. Executive producer Greg Berlanti commented on adapting the character, “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.”
Lima is the latest in a slew of additions on the series that has also included Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent/Superman, Ian Gomez as Snapper Carr, and former Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter as President of the United States.
Lima was most recently in ABC drama The Family, and previously appeared in Allegiance and The Mob Doctor.
Emily J | Staff Writer
This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.