Twenty-two-year-old Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort
will join Smallville‘s cast as Supergirl, Clark’s
cousin, for the show’s seventh season.
I, for one, think this is a great idea. Smallville
has (mostly) managed to remain interesting (though the Lex/Lana/Clark arc is tired,
tired, tired), but many a TV show I love has faltered as seasons progress. Maybe it’s the actors getting sick of each other.
Maybe it’s the writers struggling to
keep things fresh when so many story lines have played out. But the fact is, so many great shows hit a seventh-inning slump. (Yes, I mean you, Gilmore Girls and Buffy! The seventh season of The X-Files was an exception,
but we all know what happened after that.)
And who better to pinch hit than a pretty new superhero?
If you compare her to the DC Comics Supergirl incarnation, Vandervoot certainly has the looks to please even the most die-hard
comic fans, though I can’t speak to her talents.
Some of you fans of The N may have seen her
in her biggest role to this point, Sadie from Instant Star, and she’s earned her
fantasy/sci-fi creds with short appearances in Goosebumps, The Dresden Files,
and Mutant X. But I’ve managed to miss all of those.
(Caution – season seven story arc spoilers ahead.) Kara, aka Supergirl, appears in the season
premiere and will play a major role. Born on Krypton, she possesses all of Clark’s powers plus one – the ability to fly. Although the show’s co-creator
credits Vandervoot herself with "a
combination of beauty, intelligence, a certain warmth, and great
attitude," he promises that her on-screen alter ego won’t be so friendly:
"We’ve wanted a character to
shake things up. She may be Clark Kent’s cousin, but that doesn’t
mean she’s going to be the obedient one!"
I sincerely hope we don’t have angsty temper tantrums on the
way, but that this means we might have a sexy, sassy Supergirl to cause a
little trouble. Unfortunately, more entertaining
trouble like, say, seducing Lois
Lane, will have to wait for fan fiction. Rumor has it that Kara may find romance
with Jimmy Olsen.
At least we can look forward to a super smackdown. Probably maybe.