Updated July 13, 2016: Actress Floriana Lima has been cast to play Maggie Sawyer in the upcoming season of Supergirl on the CW, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In comic books, Sawyer recently returned after a long hiatus in Action Comics #957. Originally created by John Byrne, Sawyer is a captain of a police division specialing in metahuman activities. At one point she had a romantic relationship with Kate Kane, a.k.a. Batwoman. The character previously appeared on Smallville, played by Jill Teed.
Lima previously co-starred in the short-lived ABC series The Family, and has previous appeared on The Mob Doctor, Allegiance, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and How I Met Your Mother.
This new casting reports follows similiar news of Ian Gomez playing Snapper Carr, Lynda Carter playing an as-yet-unnamed President of the United States, and Tyler Hoechlin taking on the role of Superman.
Original Story: Supergirl has added a host of new characters to its cast as it moves to CW for its second season, including some big names and possible new superheroes.
According to TVLine, Supergirl season 2 will bring in Lena Luthor, the younger sister of Superman's nemesis Lex Luthor, as a series regular with questionable motives.
Additionally, a new character named Nick Farrow will join the cast. Farrow is described as "brash," and "looking to make a name for himself in the news world." The description also indirectly implies Farrow could gain his own superhero identity, saying "the question of whether he can leave behind his former selfish and hedonistic ways will constantly arise. In hanging out with Kara, the hero in Nick might finally come out."
Three more characters will be added in recurring roles, including "The Doctor," a the "diabolical female leader" of Project Cadmus, whom TVLine compares to Superboy comic book supporting character Serling Roquette.
Also joining the cast is an older version of Snapper Carr, who in Supergirl's world is a veteran journalist and new hire of CatCo.
Finally, Supergirl will also add Maggie, an "out and proud" detective and member of the Science Police, likely inspired by Maggie Sawyer, whom returned to comic books in this week's Action Comics #957.