Take 5 with Supergirl EPs Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner

Supergirl returns for its fifth season tonight, and producers Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner shared a bit about what’s coming up during San Diego Comic-Con this past summer. They discussed the main theme for the season, Leviathan, how Lena is dealing with Kara’s betrayal, and more.

Watch Supergirl tonight at 9/8c on The CW in the US, and at 9pm ET/PT on Showcase in Canada. 

What is the overarching theme this season?

Queller: The theme for Season 5 is technology. We’re calling it our Black Mirror season. We’re exploring how technology is changing the fabric of humanity, and our addiction to our devices. At the end of last season, we took down the bad President and it’s time to rebuild the world; however, that job is so overwhelming people tend to want to escape into technology and that might be exploited against them.

How will Leviathan compare to the comic books?

Rovner: It’s our own incarnation of Leviathan, and it’s going to be a full season-long arc. Like we did with Red Daughter, we’re going to build it out and have little clues along the way until evolves into something much bigger.

Is Kara and Lena’s friendship in jeopardy now that Lena knows the truth?

Queller: One of the central stories this season is the friendship between Lena and Kara, and whether or not it can survive. Lena’s Achilles’ heel is betrayal, and she has made that clear to her friends from the beginning. The way she found out about this betrayal — Lex twisting the knife and sort of pouring salt in the wound — affects how she feels about it.

Can you share a bit about James’ upcoming departure?

Rovner: First, I want to say how much we love Mehcad, and we’re sad to see him depart as a series regular but he’s still part of our Superfamily. James is wrestling with stuff at the beginning of the season. It’s an interesting story we’re telling for him that will send him off in a very strong way.

What can you tell us about creating Supergirl’s new costume?

Queller: It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time. We just needed to find the right time between seasons to build it and conceive it and create it. We think it is so powerful and iconic, and suits Melissa’s interpretation of Supergirl. We’re all thrilled.

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