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Supergirl Gay Cop Maggie Sawyer

Supergirl Casts Gay Cop Maggie Sawyer

Floriana Lima, who played a lesbian lifestyle blogger on ABC’s The Family, has copped the role of Supergirl‘s Maggie Sawyer.

In DC Comics lore, Maggie was introduced as a captain with the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit, which handled superpowered menaces. One of the first openly gay characters in mainstream comics, she has long been associated with Superman titles as a highly skilled member of the Science Police, a division of the police department that deals with metahumans.

On The CW’s Supergirl, as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Maggie will be a National City Police Department detective who takes a special interest in cases involving aliens.

Lima’s previous credits also include NBC’s Allegiance, Fox’s The Mob Doctor and the web series Poor Paul. Her Supergirl casting comes on the heels of the CBS transplant adding Cougar Town alum Ian Gomez as Snapper Carr, a journalist appointed by Cat (Calista Flockhart) to serve as the editor-in-chief of CatCo Magazine.

As also previously announced, Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf) will guest-star in the first episodes of Season 2 as Superman, while TV’s erstwhile Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, has been elected president of Supergirl‘s United States.

Supergirl Season 2, airing on The CW, premieres Monday, Oct. 10 at 8/7c.

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26 Comments
  1. Wordsmith says:

    Cool. I like that they’re adding a version of the SCU, seeing how it was awkward in season 1 for the DEO to be getting involved with so many cases outside of their “aliens-only” jurisdiction.
    And of course, the show can always use another badass lady.

  2. Tom says:

    Was kind of hoping Michelle Trachtenberg would play her

    • Eli says:

      They should have hired her as Renee Montoya rather than. Maggie. Renee is also a gay cop, latina, and that way they could have had The Question on the show.
      she does not fit the Maggie Sawyer mold set in the comics

      • rahajicho says:

        Montoya exists in Gotham, although they’ve abandoned the character. DC may not want to overexpose her.

        • peterwdawson says:

          Well DC tends to not allow character co-existence on TV unless it’s someone integral to the series. It’s confusing really. Arrow was allowed to do a version of Firefly, for example, but not only did that version die but they probably can’t do another one since Gotham has one now, so they have primary dibs. Not sure what the current status of the League of Assassins is with how it would fit with Gotham given its previous importance on Arrow.

          Either way, yeah, they would have a harder time using Montoya than Sawyer.

  3. R.O.B. says:

    “Gay” Cop Maggie Sawyer. Because that’s what makes her character IMPORTANT.

    • Wordsmith says:

      It’s true. The phrasing makes it sound like maybe she only investigates homosexual crimes, rather than metahuman ones.

      • Mark says:

        Well its official they have now ticked all the boxes to make this show PC – maybe now they can get to actually writing the show. The fact a character is Gay ,straight or bi -black white or of colour shouldn’t make the blindest bit of difference and highlighting it on websites is half the problem these days.

        • R.O.B. says:

          My daughter LOVES this show. It is just annoying now that sex has to creep into every TV-show, especially family-oriented ones. We don’t need to know about this cop’s sexual orientation (and whatever they decide they need to show her character doing in order to make sure we know for certain she’s gay) any more than we need to see Kara Danvers in bed with James Olsen or her sister with whoever. It is such a missed opportunity, to let a hero show just be a good family hero show without shoving sex in our kids’ faces. And that goes for Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow as well. UGH.

          • SamJ says:

            You should request the show on Vidangel. Its a bad word, bad scene filtering service for a dollar a movie or episode. You choose what you want filtered. Check it out.

          • Pedro says:

            Since we know Kara’s Danvers sexual orientation, what is wrong knowing what the cop’s is?

  4. Is the actress gay? Because I’m sick of straight people playing gay people. Why can’t gay people play gay people?

    • Aimee says:

      OH good grief! It’s called ACTING for a reason. Straight people can play gay just like all those gay actors who have been playing straight characters since the beginning of theater.

    • M3rc_Nate says:

      It’s called acting. In the same way non murders play murders. How non cheaters play cheaters. How non everything play non everything. Why in the world would gay characters NEED to be played by gay actors/actresses? That is ridiculous.

    • John says:

      While I get where you are coming from I really don’t think it would be a good idea to start drawing a line. If we set the precedent that only gay actors should play gay characters then it can just as easily be turned around and made that only straight actors can play straight characters. That will put a lot of current actors out of a job and, given how few gay rolls there are in Hollywood right now, will keep a lot of them out of work for a long time. How about we just cast people based on talent and not worry about their sexual orientation.

    • bj says:

      Would you then be willing to have all gay actors stay away from straight roles because they far outnumber straight actors playing gay characters.

    • kaliber says:

      If you have to ask, your point is moot.
      .
      I get that the gay community would want “one of their own” to play the role, that they could bring an understanding to the role that a straight person could not. But are you upset when Wentworth Miller plays a straight character? Do you think gay people shouldn’t play straight characters?
      .
      The actor’s ability to portray the character being cast is and should be the only consideration. If it’s a gay person in a gay role, great! If it’s a gay person in a straight role, wonderful! If it’s a straight person in a gay role? Well, shoot, that’s unacceptable. That can’t be the reaction.
      .
      The real issue facing Hollywood is that there needs to be more gay characters, and that they are not killed off to forward the agenda of the straight ones.
      .
      And stop trying to equate it to racial difference in casting, that’s ridiculous. You can’t “act away” a different skin tone or other physical feature.

  5. Amanda says:

    I’m also wondering if they’ll bring up her connection to Batman since in the comics she also has worked for the Gotham City PD and she’s Batwoman’s girlfriend.

  6. patrickmaloney33 says:

    I’m so excited to see Maggie Sawyer on screen but this makes me miss The Family even more!

  7. kacey says:

    Already 100% shipping her and Alex!