Mehcad Brooks Talks Season 4 of Supergirl

Supergirl is Warner Bros.’ epic drama based on the story of Kara Zor-El [aka Supergirl]. What’s the character’s backstory? When Kara [played by Melissa Benoist] was 12 years old, she escaped the doomed planet of Krypton – at the same time as her infant cousin Kal-El [aka Superman]. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the female superhero grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin.

More than a decade after her arrival on Earth, Kara now lives in National City where she takes to the skies to fight crime as Supergirl. After years of keeping her superhuman powers a secret, Kara has embraced her abilities and is on her way to becoming the epic hero she was always destined to be.

Season 4 of Supergirl has started to arrive weekly on Neon in New Zealand and on Sky 5 at 6pm on Tuesdays. As the Season gets underway, Mehcad Brooks who plays James Olsen/Guardian sits down to talk about what fans can expect in Season 4.

What’s in store for Guardian in season four? The superhero is no longer undercover…

I know what happens, but I’m afraid I can’t tell you. All I can say is that because of the unmasking, there is some fallout and there’s also some unexpected support. What happens is interesting and quite unexpected.

James Olsen is the leader of CatCo, but he’s also a superhero vigilante. Are those two sides going to be in conflict in season four?

Will there be conflict? Yes. Absolutely. Whenever you have two sides, there is always going to be conflict.

How will James’ relationship with Lena [played by Katie McGrath] evolve in season four?

I know the answer to this question, too – but I’m not allowed to talk about it. I will say that all relationships go through trials and tribulations. All relationships go through and ups and downs, and we’re going to see all those things here. I wish I could say more, but I really can’t.

What do you think works about the relationship between Lena and James?

I love their relationship in the show. I think their relationship has grown in a progressive and very positive manner. Plus, I think Katie McGrath is amazing. She’s absolutely amazing. What I think works about their relationship is the fact that, yes, her brother tried to kill me. That was messed up, but bygones be bygones. Most of us start off a relationship quite guarded – but over time, you open up. Maybe you start off by telling them some secrets – but once you start to love someone, you let them in on your fears. You let them in on the things that you think about when you’re alone. You let them in on the things that you don’t want out there in the world. I think the fact that we both share things about each other is a beautiful thing. Frankly, I think it’s the healthiest relationship on the show.

How will Guardian’s operations change now that his support system, Winn [played by Jeremy Jordan], has gone into the far future?

Winn is many things to James. Winn is his sidekick/tech guy, but he’s a really good friend, too. He’s also a colleague. He’s someone James respects. Brainiac [played Jesse Rath] can fill that hole, but can he fill the whole friendship? I don’t know.

It felt like the CatCo story was pushed to the sideline in season three. Are we going to see more of it in season four?

Yes. We’re going to see a lot more of it because we try to keep it woke in the writer’s room. I think all the actors are on the same page of inclusivity, and in that mind-state. Right now, I think we know how important journalism is in our culture. My personal belief is that journalism, the intel community and law enforcement are going to be the things that save this country. In that sense, CatCo’s going to be a little more serious now. It’s going to be less of a gossip mag and have more of a New York Times feel. We’re going to revamp it that way. Journalism is our lifeline. We’re going to start fighting the good fight with real journalism; investigative reporting and information. Also, we are going to dispel the stupid myth that journalists – or the media – is the enemy of the people.

Supergirl is the most socially conscious superhero show on TV. Why do you think that is?

Thank you for saying that. That’s awesome. We all put our heads together, and we try. [Executive producers] Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller are amazing at keeping everybody inclusive. Inclusive of everybody’s feelings, of everybody’s thoughts, of everybody’s struggles. We all understand what bullying is in 2018. If you make fun of somebody’s weight, you’re a bully. If you make fun of somebody’s sexuality, you’re a bully. I think we’re ahead of the curve in the way that we’re a show that’s putting gender-bias or racism into the cultural context of bullying. I think that this is where this conversation needs to go.

A transgender superhero named Dreamer [played by Nicole Maines] is going to be introduced into the DC universe this season. How does that make you feel?

Here’s the thing. It’s 2018, right? I feel like in 10 years from now, gender is going to be a thing of the past. It’s going to be like genres of music. People say, “That’s a good song.” And, “That’s a great song.” And, “Oh, that song sucks.” Well, we’re not going to be looking at people and fragmenting them in the future; especially amongst ourselves. The inclusive community will not be fragmenting ourselves so that the exclusive community can win. They can only win if we break ourselves apart.

It sounds like you’re incredibly happy about arrival of the new transgender superhero and the evolution of the show…

I’m really, really happy about the show and I’m really proud we’re doing this. I think it’s something that’s going to be normal in the future. And to that point, I think there’s only one gender. We’re humans. For me, I think how you feel is who you are. I’m happy that we’re being this synergetic effort on television that’s adhesive to these movements. I’m in full support of that community. I’m in full support of our kicking ass. I’m in full support of it, and I’m happy to be a part of it. I’m happy that we’re representing.

Supergirl is Warner Bros.’ epic drama based on the story of Kara Zor-El [aka Supergirl]. What’s the character’s backstory? When Kara [played by Melissa Benoist] was 12 years old, she escaped the doomed planet of Krypton – at the same time as her infant cousin Kal-El [aka Superman]. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the female superhero grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin.

More than a decade after her arrival on Earth, Kara now lives in National City where she takes to the skies to fight crime as Supergirl. After years of keeping her superhuman powers a secret, Kara has embraced her abilities and is on her way to becoming the epic hero she was always destined to be.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Kyle says

    …Questions one could have asked him:

    Why does he go out of his way to rile up lgbt fans?

    Does he think his use of racist slurs and cultural appropriation is something young viewers should be exposed to on his media accounts?

    What about the rumors he’s character is leaving half way through season 4?

    How does he justify the Lames pairing, when his character spent the entire second season bad mouthing her and even at point one alluded that he’d beat a confession out of her for crimes she didn’t commit?

    Or the timing of Lames? An huge out cry from fans have spread since Katie first appeared for her character to be lgbtqa. This has been met with the writers throwing guys at her character, and shipping her with a actor whos been known to insult and blame lgbt shippers for his lack of popularity on Supergirl.

    Questions people actually want answered.

  2. RTH says

    I would have laughed if I wasn’t so busy cringing all the way through this. Very few people are as hypocritical as Mechad Brooks.

    It is quite pitiful the way he praises Lames, because I have never seen a couple on TV with less chemistry. The writers know this too, since they had to have characters actually tell Lena that they have chemistry. If you can’t portray chemistry between two people without verbally claiming that there is, then you have clearly failed in making the relationship believable. And lets not forget how incredibly forced it has been, when James spent all of season 2 and early season 3 being anti-Lena and comparing her to the rest of the Luthers.

    lets be honest, the only reason that they are together is to “No Homo” Lena, since she has a ton of queer fans who were looking for her to be queer too. I can’t stress how insensitive and really just homophobic it is to pair her with Mechad’s character, since he has been blatantly lesbophobic in the past and has even gone as far as to allude to violence against lgbtq people who called him out on his ignorant remarks.

    I really liked James in season 1. His attitude towards Lena and Kara ruined him in season 2. Mechad ruined him in season 3. I just hope that they end Lames and recast James Olsen with an actor who isn’t homophobic.

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