Here’s part of the interview…
As far as Mon-El is concerned, though, how would you describe his journey this year on Supergirl?
We’re just starting episode eleven, so we’re not even at the mid point yet, which is crazy to even think that. We don’t have to pretend like he’s not on the hero’s journey, though. Will he or won’t he be a superhero? He’s based on a comic book character who’s a superhero and I think we’ve had enough scenes where we’ve seen that, so I’m not going to try to hide that. We know where it’s going. Everybody knows that it’s moving towards a suit eventually. What it’s going to look like, who knows? That is his story. He’s finding the part of him that’s based on who he was on Daxam, and part of that is the bias that you see come out with he and Kara when they have their differences and they resent aspects of each other because of where they’re from. She actually struggles with it more than he does, which I think is a brilliant thing, to bring more of a human quality to her so that she’s not just perfect.
So she’s got biases, too. She works through them quickly, which is nice. He’s got a lot of stuff from his background, and he’s new to this planet. The rules are different. When he was there, it seemed like he was just living his life for himself, based on what he’s told her so far. He hasn’t been completely honest about everything. I can give you that. He has left some details out that she’ll find out soon that will obviously change their dynamic. He was a bit of a dude back home. He’s now here, and we’re starting to see him respond to someone who’s trying to actually help him and make him better. At first he’s resisting it, because he doesn’t feel the same impulse to go save the world that she does. So, his story’s going to become one of how does he gain that need? Where does that come from? It’s something with the Clark Kent story that you don’t really get, because he was already there when we met him. There’s got to be a moment like the one in the pilot for Kara when she’s, like, “I have to do this.” He’s going to have one of those moments at some point, where he is self-motivated to pursue this as a purpose.
At first, everyone’s trying to tell him to do it and he’s like, “Yeah, I should do it. That’s great.” Then, eventually, it becomes, “I want to do this. Oh, I’m still screwing this part up, okay, but I want to do this, and I want to do it fully.” That’s his evolution, and then hopefully get him to a place where … well, it’s further down in the season. He’s going to be put in a very difficult position where he has to make some massive life decisions on who he’s going to be and who he wants to be. Does he want to be who he was, or does he want to become something bigger and better? That story gets pretty big as we move forward.