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Supergirl Is Adding a Gay DC Character in Season 2

Policewoman Maggie Sawyer is coming to National City

Merrill Barr

Supergirlis adding to its Season 2 roster by casting The Family's Floriana Lima, who will play DC Comics character Maggie Sawyer in a series regular role, has learned. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

In DC Comics lore, Sawyer is a gay cop from Star City (the home of Green Arrow) working for police units in Gotham (the home of Batman) and Metropolis (the home of Superman), and is involved in a romantic relationship with Batwoman. In her live-action portrayal, Maggie will be a National City Police Department detective who takes a special interest in cases involving aliens.

Floriana Lima Mike Windle/Getty

The addition of Sawyer will add to the ever growing slate of LGBQT heroes in producer Greg Berlanti's "Arrowverse," including Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) on DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum) and Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) on Arrowand Captain Singh (Patrick Sabongui) on The Flash. As for Supergirl itself, the casting marks the first LGBQT character to enter the show as a regular.

Before this, the only other TV portrayal of Sawyer took place on Superman prequel series Smallville, where the character was portrayed by Jill Teed.

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Lima most recently appeared in ABC's The Family and NBC's Allegiance. She was also a regular on Fox's The Mob Doctor.

After a season on CBS, Supergirl will be moving to The CW for Season 2, which will premiere on Monday, Oct. 10 at 8/7c.