Two decades after hanging up her reporter’s notebook and pen, Teri Hatcher is returning to the world of Superman and Supergirl. But anyone expecting the sweet Lois Lane from Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman should think again.
The CW has signed Hatcher on to a recurring role this season on Supergirl – as the big bad.
Andrew Kreisberg, the co-creator of the Melissa Benoist series along with Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler, couldn’t contain his excitement about the casting when talking to Variety on Tuesday.
“No offense to any of the wonderful actresses who have played the part, but Teri Hatcher is my all-time favorite Lois Lane. To have her come back to the SuperWorld in a completely different part is an unbelievable gift to me, Greg and the fans.”
Hatcher played Lois Lane on Lois & Clark, which aired on ABC between 1993 and 1997. While she moved on to other projects, Hatcher has not completely stayed away from the “SuperWorld” as Kreisberg calls it. In fact, she stopped by The CW’s Smallville in 2010 as Ella Lane, the mother of the character she played opposite Dean Cain in the 1990s.
Unfortunately, that was just a one-off episode that took place while she was one of the stars of ABC’s Desperate Housewives, a role that earned her an Emmy nomination in 2005.
Cain, who played Clark Kent in the series, already has found Supergirl, appearing in four episodes as Jeremiah Danvers, the adoptive father of Benoist’s title character. His most recent appearance was in November, and it’s not clear if Supergirl will look to find a way to reunite him with Hatcher on screen.
Cain is not the only former co-worker Hatcher could find again. Mehcad Brooks, who played Matthew Applewhite in the early years of Desperate Housewives, plays James Olsen in Supergirl.
Hatcher most recently appeared in the CBS comedy The Odd Couple as Charlotte, and is currently filming Madness in the Mood from director Jason Mewes.
Supergirl airs Mondays on The CW. In its next episode Feb. 6, Serenity‘s Terrell Tilford guest stars as a White Martian named Armek, who wants to take M’gann (Sharon Leal) back to Mars as punishment for treason.
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