The Empowering Reason There Won't Be Much Romance On 'Supergirl' This Season

"You can find empowerment in many different avenues of life."

Since she possesses all the powers of Superman, it's safe to say that Kara Danvers (aka Kara Zor-El) is a very powerful character. We've seen this explored on The CW's Supergirl before, but this season the ever-inspiring Melissa Benoist promises we're going to get to know the Kryptonian on a deeper level — and in a way that will be refreshing for young female viewers.

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In an interview with TVLine, the former Glee star noted that there will be "not much" romance in Supergirl season 4. This is a change from previous seasons as we've seen Kara have a few boyfriends thus far on the series — James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), Adam Foster (fellow Glee alum Blake Jenner), and Mon-El (Chris Wood) — as well as those interested in her, such as Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan).

"It's not that I don't think there should be any," Benoist told the outlet, "but I like seeing a woman fending for herself and not thinking about [romance]. If it falls into her lap, great."

In lieu of dating, we'll see the idea that "you can find empowerment in many different avenues of life" embraced this season as Kara begins mentoring a young reporter (who we'll discover is more than that) at CatCo Worldwide Media, Nia (Nicole Maines). Through this storyline, we'll see a woman supporting another woman, just like we saw when Kara was mentored by another strong female character.

"What she sees initially is a really smart, capable, intelligent woman with great ideas," Benoist teased. "She just wants to harbor that and help it grow in the way Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) did for her."

This is an important type of storyline to pursue on the show because female superheroes have the ability to inspire girls. Seeing someone like Supergirl develop in ways that don't revolve around the men in her life is refreshing because, after all, she is quite literally out of this world and doesn't need them.

We — like Benoist — aren't saying that discovering love isn't a worthy thing to pursue on TV. It's just nice to see a powerful woman get fleshed out in ways that don't revolve around the opposite sex. Independence is a superpower that everyone should be able to tap into from time to time.

Supergirl airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Cover image: Bettina Strauss / The CW

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