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Queller & Rovner Talk Supergirl's 100th

Every once in awhile, we get a truly wonderful opportunity to go a bit deeper into the world of Supergirl and bring that to our readers! Today, we had the chance to sit down with the Executive Producers of Supergirl, Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner, and talk about the monumental success of Supergirl, the goals of the one-hundredth episode and plans for the future! Check out our exclusive interview below:

Supergirl.tv: The two of you have been with the show since the beginning, right? Tell us a little about this journey.

Robert Rovner: Well yeah, it’s a real honor and a privilege to be able to write for the character of Supergirl and a show like this that really is able to speak to what's best in all of us and hopefully inspire and tell stories that are relevant to what's going on in our world.

Jessica Queller: It's a very special show. And we are well, it's been really amazing. Robert and I are on this journey together.

Supergirl.tv: How did you approach writing the 100th episode? Were there any key themes you wanted to hit?

Robert Rovner: Well, you know, I think we knew very early on when we were creating the theme central to this season that the friendship between Kara and Lena would be explored and we really, I think, knew from an early point this season, that we wanted to do something special for the hundredth and it would be an opportunity for us to kind of re-examine that friendship; if Kara under the guise of Kara had been able to tell her true identity at different points in time. So from there, we kind of went back to look at several of our favorite moments from their friendship. And to go back to those moments which allowed us to bring back some of our great cast members who had been with the show but have since left.

Supergirl.tv: Actually speaking of past cast members, you know, you've had some incredible cast and achievements like Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor, which is essentially character defining. What made you guys think to seek out Thomas Lennon for Mxyzptlk?

Jessica Queller: Well, we just are huge fans of his in general and it came up In the room, and it was like, my gosh, he would be our dream Mxy if he happened to be available. And then he was and it was just glorious. And just see, he is magic himself. And the script was so beautifully written and funny and delightful. And then he just brought it to another level.

Robert Rovner: And I think our idea to recast the role at all, you know, really was born out of wanting to reframe who this character was. You know, when he had been on the show earlier and [give him a chance to] redeem himself. He had kind of a much lighter presence, that could be an agent of our look back in time, as opposed to the kind of more imposing rogue that he was when he tried to force Kara to marry him.

Supergirl.tv: What are the challenges with making a show that has 100 episodes of history behind it versus say when you are developing a new show?

Robert Rovner: I think we always look back to inform what we're doing. But we're really always looking forward as writers and storytellers. It can be daunting, I think, to kind of, say, come up with new stories now. But the way we create the show and write the show, it's really our stories that kind of are organic to the character journeys that we're telling in the stories that we're trying to tell that reflect on what's going on in society. And so then, it really is surprisingly easy to kind of generate new story ideas.

Jessica Queller: Yeah, we just always keep looking forward and we keep looking at what's going on in the world around us. We, as writers, want to explore where our characters are currently in their development and what situations we would be interested in putting them in.

Supergirl.tv: There's a rich back story too to pull from.

Robert Rovner: I know that's what's wonderful about writing for a show like this because we have the cannon, which can inform so much and inspire us. And so there's always that kind of wealth to draw from. So whenever we do have an idea, we can always look back and see if there's something from our history or the show's history that informs that.

Supergirl.tv: The pairing of Supergirl and Batwoman airing on the same night and the friendship Kara and Kate seemed to have developed has a lot of us wondering if there are mini-crossovers in the works for those two?

Robert Rovner: There isn't one planned at this time, but we love Batwoman and Supergirl and it was lovely that Kara and Kate’s relationship was able to advance their friendship during the crossover. She's our sister in crime fighting. So we would love to be able to put them on the screen together.

Supergirl.tv: Actually just following up briefly on that, in a recent episode of Batwoman, Batwoman came out as a lesbian and Kara Danvers wrote the story. Are you guys consulted on those decisions?

Jessica Queller: We saw the image and approved it. We were excited about it.

Supergirl.tv: Since Crisis is over and Argo is restored, will Alura or Eliza make a return this season?

Robert Rovner: Eliza is coming back and we're very excited about that. Alura, we don't have further plans for her this season but we love that character. If we have an opportunity and the story takes us there, we would love to bring her back

Supergirl.tv: Are there any inside things you can tease about the 100th episode?

Robert Rovner: One of the things we're very proud of and that makes it special, we were able to do a live score for this episode. Blake Neely, our composer always makes magic but we really worked to make this score happen as a love letter to the fans, both with the specialness of the storytelling that we were trying to achieve, but also to add that layer to it was also very exciting.

Jessica Queller: All the writers went and it was such a special time.

We want to thank Jessica and Robert for their time! We hope you all enjoyed this look into Supergirl's 100th and the future! We'll also share with you images from the 100th episode party below:

Let us know what you think of the gallery and our interview in the comments below and in our forum! Keep us advertisement free and visit the support page!

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#22 RE: Queller & Rovner Talk Supergirl's 100thBrierrose 2020-02-24 07:37
it turned out that the dialogue I accidentally found was all true.
https://www.tvfanatic.com/quotes/to-tell-you-that-from-now-on-youre-accountable-for-your-own-acti/
Note the date was 2/20.
#21 RE: Queller & Rovner Talk Supergirl's 100thKelly 2020-02-23 19:21
Quoting Kelly:
I am a little more worried that it seems this episode is far more centered on the Lena/Kara friendship after reading this interview with the powers that be. I REALLY HOPE that there is far more to this episode than that....It is no where near a central thread that takes us through all seasons, not by a long shot. If proper and a solid amount of time is not allotted to the TRUE CENTRAL THREAD of all seasons, the Danvers Sisters, then this fan, I can say with certainty right now will be very dissappointed.

Not a Danvers centered episode, but FINALLY we have our Supergirl back and in full stride.
+1 #20 RE: Queller & Rovner Talk Supergirl's 100thKelly 2020-02-23 13:43
I am a little more worried that it seems this episode is far more centered on the Lena/Kara friendship after reading this interview with the powers that be. I REALLY HOPE that there is far more to this episode than that....It is no where near a central thread that takes us through all seasons, not by a long shot. If proper and a solid amount of time is not allotted to the TRUE CENTRAL THREAD of all seasons, the Danvers Sisters, then this fan, I can say with certainty right now will be very dissappointed.
#19 RE: Queller & Rovner Talk Supergirl's 100thsuperbill 2020-02-23 12:44
Thanks for the pictures and for sharing the interview! Looking forward to the finished product this evening.
#18 RE: Queller & Rovner Talk Supergirl's 100thjacksc01 2020-02-23 09:42
Quoting Brierrose:
Quoting jacksc01:
Congratulations to the cast and crew! However, I am disappointed that the actors who played Cat, James, Winn, Eliza, Alura /Astra, Maxwell Lord, Non, were left out. These were the supporting characters that help carry the show in season one. The main theme that helped to carry the show is the sister relationship and that is not being focused on either in the 100th episode. The majority of the actors shown in the pictures are from later seasons. So I am very happy that the show is celebrating its 100th episode but let's not forget the supporting base characters that helped to get it there.
I’m sure that the actors who played the past characters Calista, Mehcad, Jeremy, Helen Slater, etc we’re invited to the party but for whatever reasons couldn’t make it. I’m also think many of them were asked to be part of the 100th episode but have other commitments. They aren’t sitting by the phone waiting for the EPs to call them for a guest spot, they’ve moved on. As far as I know any past actor is welcome to return and it’s not the EPs fault if the actor has other projects.


Really - you mean their not sitting by the phone waiting for a call - of course we know that, but it still would have been nice to see them.
+1 #17 RE: Queller & Rovner Talk Supergirl's 100thGreen Stuff 2020-02-23 09:41
Thank you for the interview and stunning photos. Really excited for the big 100 tonight. 5 years has gone so quick. :-)
+1 #16 RE: Queller & Rovner Talk Supergirl's 100thRobertAnthony 2020-02-23 07:20
Quoting MayaSky:
A special episode that doesn't really make me want to watch. We will no doubt have no memories of season 1 where the adventure all the same began.


I think this has more to do with the network. To those disappointed about season 1 not being represented...well that was the CBS season. Somehow The CW, which is a 50% CBS operation, decided to flex its muscle over its bigger more established corporate co-outlet. I think it's Warner doing the talking.
#15 RE: Queller & Rovner Talk Supergirl's 100thCatPat 2020-02-23 06:46
Quoting comic fan:
Nice interview.I'm disappointed we won't get a Supergirl/Batwoman crossover this season(other than Crisis) but honestly I'm not sure where it would fit now in the backhalf of the season on either show but especially Supergirl.So dissapointed but understandable.Hopfully next season.Also happy to hear the door is open for Alura to return in the future.

Also really loved the photos.I always love seeing those cast party pics from a milestone episode like a anniversary.


I am very disappointed as well that there is no Batwoman crossover. I thought the arrival of Beth on BW was setting up the crossover. The DEO helped save Beth in the comics and gave readers Red Alice as the result. I really thought we'd get a take of sorts on that with Supergirl and possibly J'onn going to Gorham with DEO tech... but killing Beth seems to have killed any hope of that...
#14 RE: Queller & Rovner Talk Supergirl's 100thcomic fan 2020-02-23 06:46
Quote:
Congratulations to the cast and crew! However, I am disappointed that the actors who played Cat, James, Winn, Eliza, Alura /Astra, Maxwell Lord, Non, were left out. These were the supporting characters that help carry the show in season one.
Winn is in this episode.This is Jeremy's last episode for now although he did say in a EW interview this week that he's open to return again in the future.

He probably had to be back in NY and couldn't attend the party.

https://ew.com/tv/2020/02/20/jeremy-jordan-supergirl-100th-episode-interview/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_term=A57492B6-542F-11EA-B9FE-1EC64744363C&utm_campaign=entertainmentweekly_ew&utm_content=link

Mehcad not being in it is probably scheduling since he's filming the Mortal Kombat film.Back at Comic Con,he said he was disappointed he was leaving before Jeremy was coming back.So the show I'm sure wrote the 100th episode knowing Mehcad wasn't going to be available.

It would be nice to see some of the season 1 characters return.I especially wanted Cat but we don't know the circumstances of if she was approached or not.She may of turned them down or couldn't appear.

I've always wondered why they dropped Max Lord and Sam Lane.It felt like that was supposed to be a continuing story for season 2.I suppose the move from California for the production changed that.Sam Lane is supposed to be in Superman & Lois but no idea if it will be the same version/actor.Max Lord may be off limits now due to him being the main villian in Wonder Woman 84.He always felt like a Lex Luthor stand in to me when they couldn't use Lex.
+1 #13 RE: Queller & Rovner Talk Supergirl's 100thBrierrose 2020-02-23 06:43
Quoting jacksc01:
Congratulations to the cast and crew! However, I am disappointed that the actors who played Cat, James, Winn, Eliza, Alura /Astra, Maxwell Lord, Non, were left out. These were the supporting characters that help carry the show in season one. The main theme that helped to carry the show is the sister relationship and that is not being focused on either in the 100th episode. The majority of the actors shown in the pictures are from later seasons. So I am very happy that the show is celebrating its 100th episode but let's not forget the supporting base characters that helped to get it there.
I’m sure that the actors who played the past characters Calista, Mehcad, Jeremy, Helen Slater, etc we’re invited to the party but for whatever reasons couldn’t make it. I’m also think many of them were asked to be part of the 100th episode but have other commitments. They aren’t sitting by the phone waiting for the EPs to call them for a guest spot, they’ve moved on. As far as I know any past actor is welcome to return and it’s not the EPs fault if the actor has other projects.


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