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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

SUPERGIRL Casts Amy Jackson as Saturn Girl


Another Legionnaire is coming to National City.

Deadline has reported that the CW series Supergirl has cast Amy Jackson in the recurring role of Imra Ardeen, better known to DC Comics fans as the superhero Saturn Girl of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

According to the article, Saturn Girl is described as "a kind, smart, and strong-willed hero who uses her telekinetic ability to help those in need.  She was born on Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, and arrives on Earth to help Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) battle one of her biggest threats."

Saturn Girl will be the second member of the Legion to appear on Supergirl, after Chris Wood's character Mon-El.

Jackson, 25, is from Isle of Man who works as a model and predominantly appears in Tamil and Hindi language films, better known as Bollywood style films.  She's appeared in the films I, Gethu, Their, Devi, Abhinetri, and Tutak Tutak Tukiya, and will be starring in 2.0, the sequel to the popular Indian film Robot

Created in 1958 by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, Saturn Girl first appeared in Adventure Comics (vol.1) #247 as Imra Ardeen, who lived in the 30th century as the most talented telepath among a race of powerful mentalists on Titan, one of Saturn's moons.  Imra left her homeworld as a teenager to join the Science Police, but during her flight to Earth, an assassination attempt was made on the life of fellow passenger and billionaire R.J. Brande.  Using her powers of telepathy, Imra discovered the plot, and with the help of two other teenagers on board, Garth Ranzz and Rokk Krinn, caught the assassin and saved Brande's life.  At Brande's urging, she adopted the alias of Saturn Girl, and joined Lightning Lad and Cosmic Boy in founding the Legion of Super-Heroes, an organization of teenage heroes formed to honor the legacy of Superboy.  The Legion soon traveled back to the 20th century and gave Superboy a place on the team after he passed their tests.

Lightning Lad pursued Imra romantically for some time, but she repeatedly rebuffed his advances.  However, after he sacrificed his life for her own until his later resurrection, she understood the depth of his feelings and came to realize that she felt the same way.  After dating for almost ten years, Garth and Imra were finally married and retired from the Legion because of the Legion's charter, which prohibited married team members.  However, a few months after their marriage, war broke out in which all active Legionnaires were captured and the reserves were forced into action.  Imra's telepathic skills were instrumental in the Legion's eventual victory, and as a result the rule barring married members was repealed.  The Ranzzes returned to active duty until Imra gave birth to their son, Graym, after which they both retired once again in order to devote their energy toward raising him.  Unknown to the couple, however, Graym had a twin who was stolen at birth by the Legion's enemy Darkseid and transported into the past, where he was transformed into the monster Validus of the supervillain group the Fatal Five.  Validus fought the Legion on numerous occasions (and even killed the first Invisible Kid), but was eventually returned as a normal infant to his parents by Darkseid at Imra's insistence.

In the current DC Comics continuity known as DC Rebirth, Saturn Girl appeared in the 21st century as a mysterious blonde woman in DC Universe: Rebirth #1.  She was arrested after stealing a sandwich, not realizing that in this era, food isn't free.  She revealed that she's was in the 21st century to meet Superman but the officers told her that Superman was missing in action and presumed dead.  She replied that she knew and that she'll wait for his return, having seen it in the future.  The only item in her possession was a Legion Flight Ring.  The woman was seen again in Batman (vol.3) #9 where she was incarcerated in Arkham Asylum.  When Batman, Commissioner Gordon (who was actually Punch in disguise), and Jeremiah Arkham were passing by inmates, one of the inmates was a blonde woman named "Doe".  As Batman and Gordon glanced at her, she breathed on her cell's glass door and drew the Legion of Super-Heroes symbol from the exhaled breath condensation.  In the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad limited series, it was revealed that Emerald Empress was searching for Saturn Girl.  When Emerald Empress' Eye was damaged by the Green Lantern Simon Baz, Emerald Empress disappeared with it, claiming she needed to find Saturn Girl or she'll be trapped.  During the recent "The Button" crossover between Flash and Batman, she was seen screaming about the death of the Legion of Super-Heroes while watching the accidental death of a hockey player on live television.

Jackson will be the second actress to portray Saturn Girl in live action, after Alexz Johnson on the CW series Smallville, in the episode "Legion".  The character has also appeared in various animated projects, including Superman: The Animated Series (voiced by Melissa Joan Hart), Legion of Super-Heroes and Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League -- Cosmic Clash (both voiced by Kari Wahlgren).

Supergirl will return to The CW for Season 3 on Monday, October 9th at 8 p.m. EST.

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