The CW’s Supergirl is not shy about using actors from previous Superman TV series. And continuing the tradition is Smallville‘s Erica Durance.
Entertainment Weekly reports the former Lois Lane will take up the role of Kara’s birth mother, Alura Zor-El in the upcoming third season. The part was played by Laura Benanti for part of the first season before Broadway commitments ended her relationship with the show. Before her departure, she also played Supergirl’s aunt and nemesis, Astra, leading to one of the strong story arcs in the first year.
Durance, for her part, joined the DC TV fold in the fourth season of Smallville, becoming a permanent member of the cast the following year. The character was teased in previously as Chloe Sullivans’s cousin. She ultimately matched wits with Tom Welling’s Clark Kent and became an unlikely ally for Hawkman.
“We are so blessed that Erica has come aboard to offer her own interpretation of Kara’s mother,” said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg in a statement. “We had tremendous success with a former Lois Lane last season with Teri Hatcher. We know Erica will continue the proud tradition of legacy actors joining our shows and creating new and exciting takes on classic DC characters.”
Besides Hatcher, Supergirl has played host to both previous screen versions of Kara. Supergirl film star Helen Slater makes occasional appearance as Kara’ Earth mother while Smallville Kara Laura Vandervort appeared late in the first season as the villainous x. Other DC TV alumni appearing on the series include Lois & Clark‘s Dean Cain as Jeremiah Danvers and Lynda Carter as a President of the United States with her own alien origins.
Supergirl returns in the Fall.