Supergirl continues the trend of hiring legacy actors with Erica Durance, the Lois Lane of Smallville.
A Smallville alum is not unheard of on The CW’s Supergirl. The original Kara Zor-El, Laura Vandervoort, played the role of Indigo in Season 1. Now it has been revealed that Erica Durance, Smallville‘s Lois Lane and recent star of Saving Hope, is joining the cast to take over the role of Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) late mother, Alura. She is replacing Laura Benanti, who portrayed both Alura and her twin sister Astra in Season 1. Astra was killed off due to Benanti’s scheduling conflicts. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg had this to say about the casting news:
Unfortunately Laura, who Greg [Berlanti] and I have worked with for years going back to Eli Stone, was unable to continue in the role due to work commitments in New York. But we are so blessed that Erica has come aboard to offer her own interpretation of Kara’s mother. We had tremendous success with a former Lois Lane last season with Teri Hatcher. We know Erica will continue the proud tradition of legacy actors joining our shows and creating new and exciting takes on classic DC characters.
Along with Laura Vandervoort and Teri Hatcher, other legacy actors on Supergirl have included Helen Slater (star of the 1984 film Supergirl), Dean Cain (known for playing Superman opposite Hatcher in the TV series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), and Lynda Carter (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in the live action TV series Wonder Woman). Supergirl is set to return Monday, October 9 at 3 PM ET on The CW.
What do you think? Are you excited for Durance’s portrayal of Alura? Do you have another Smallville alum you’d like to see on Supergirl? Let us know in the comments!