Who Is Snapper Carr On 'Supergirl'? His DC Comics Past Suggests He'll Know Kara & Her Alter Ego
Supergirl may have successfully moved from CBS to The CW while maintaining its tone, but that doesn't mean there won't be any changes in Season 2. For example, the season premiere introduced Superman, who until then had been only visible in silhouette via flashbacks, but now is a living, talking, part of the show's universe. There will be other changes, as well, like the addition of Snapper Carr to Supergirl, as he will, in a way, be taking the place of Calista Flockhart's Cat Grant. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Snapper will take over as Editor-in-Chief of CatCo, making him Kara's new boss, and he may be more of an antagonist than she's used to. While Cat was tough, ultimately, she was always trying to make Kara and the rest of her employees better journalists, maybe the same can be said of Snapper.
Entertainment Weekly described the character, who will be played by Ian Gomez, as "headstrong, sharp-witted" and also said, "He’s a man who tells people what he thinks of them, and his no-holds barred approach pushes Kara (Melissa Benoist) in unexpected ways." So it seems that while he may ultimately have a positive effect on her, they might not see eye-to-eye at first.
Snapper does come from DC Comics, where the character dates back to the 1960s when he was introduced as a teenage sidekick of the Justice League of America. Obviously, Supergirl's version is not a teenager, so it will be a little different from the original character — especially since the JLA doesn't exist on the series yet. In the comics, Snapper didn't initially have superpowers, but was introduced as an "average" civilian that worked with the superheroes. Occasionally, he has been given the power to teleport, and as the character aged, he also became a mentor to the Young Justice team. So while Snapper has a tough exterior, he may become a valued mentor to Kara as the season goes on.
So sure, there's a chance that new Supergirl character Snapper Carr will just be your average tough boss, but there's an even better chance that his past as a comic book character will come into play in some way, since he's traditionally been a non-powered human who works with superheroes. Exactly remains to be seen, but I have a feeling Snapper will eventually get to know Kara as both an aspiring reporter and a superhero on Supergirl.
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