'Supergirl' Season 5 may bring back Hannah James as Maeve Nal, will continue to explore complicated sibling relationships
Whether it’s the close relationship between Kara Danvers and her sister Alex or the hateful rivalry between Lex Luthor and his sister Lena, family dynamics are very important to the show and the one between Nia Nal and her sister Maeve is a case in point.
‘Supergirl’ may be a superhero show but it is driven by its powerful sibling relationships. Whether it’s the close relationship between Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) and her sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) or the hateful rivalry between Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) and his sister Lena (Katie McGrath), family dynamics are very important to the show and the one between Nia Nal (Nicole Maines), TV’s first transgender superhero, and her sister Maeve (Hannah James) is a case in point.
The last time we saw Maeve and Nia together on the show, they had a huge fight which ended with Maeve making a very personal attack targeting her sister’s gender identity. Maines told MEA WorldWide at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 that she doesn’t think the attack came from a place of transphobia and that she would love to get Hannah James back on the show so they can explore Nia and Maeve’s relationship further.
“We absolutely really want Hannah James to come back because that’s not the kind of thing we want to leave up in the air,” Maines said. “Because that’s something that really happens, you know, sisters fight and I think the important thing to recognize about that conflict is that it wasn’t coming from a place of transphobia, it comes from a place of two sisters fighting and when you fight with a sibling you go for the jugular. So I think it’s really important to show that resolution and show the growth that comes from that. So I’m really hoping that I get to see her come back soon.”
James does have quite a busy schedule so we may not see her returning to the show anytime soon. But fans would definitely want to see more of her relationship with Nia.
“She’s so busy!” Maines remarked. “She’s always doing something and I’m like ‘Hannah, come back, I need you’.”
Sibling rivalries are set to be front and center in ‘Supergirl’ Season 5, especially considering the last season’s finale brought the Martian Manhunter’s brother to Earth. The arrival of the Martian warrior is bound to spell trouble for J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood) as his brother, named Ma’alefa’ak in the comics, believes that he was betrayed by J’onn.
Ma’alefa’ak, who is usually just called Malefic for convenience, is a demented psychopath who commits genocide against his own people and constantly plagues the Martian Manhunter in the comics. While the show might not follow the comics to the letter, we can be quite sure that Malefic is not going to go about avenging his supposed betrayal in a peaceful manner.
Meanwhile, Lena and Lex’s hatred for each other reached a head in the Season 4 finale when Lena killed her brother in order to put an end to his horrific plans. The two have never exactly had a great relationship so this doesn’t come as a surprise. In the last moments of the finale though, the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) took Lex’s corpse for purposes unknown, strongly hinting that he will be returning.
Lex’s resurrection is bound to cause trouble for Lena as he will no doubt be looking to pay her back for shooting him. Lena may also be looking to harm Kara now after learning her secret identity from Lex in his final moments.
With all the threats looming on the horizon, it’s a good thing Kara still has her sister Alex watching her back. Though they have had their fair share of arguments, Alex and Kara still continue to have the best relationship among the show’s sibling pairs, constantly going to extreme lengths to support and protect each other.
The new season of 'Supergirl' will premiere on October 6 at 9 pm on CW. The show will share its Sundays with 'Batwoman', which airs at 8 pm.