Smallville star Erica Durance cast as Kara’s mother for Supergirl season three

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Since it’s beginning, The CW’s Supergirl has been good at finding ways to incorporate actors that had roles in former Superman or DC Comics related TV shows or films. For season three, they’ll be doing that once more.

Erica Durance, who played Lois Lane for seven seasons of Smallville, will be joining the third season of Supergirl in a recurring role as Kara’s mother Alura, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Durance will be replacing  Laura Benanti who previously played the role.

“Unfortunately Laura, who Greg [Berlanti] and I have worked with for years going back to Eli Stone, was unable to continue in the role due to work commitments in New York,” exec producer Andrew Kreisberg said in a statement. “But we are so blessed that Erica has come aboard to offer her own interpretation of Kara’s mother. 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.”

In addition of having Teri Hatcher on last season, the series has also found roles for Dean Cain (Lois & Clark), Helen Slater (1984’s Supergirl), Laura Vandervoort (Smallville) and Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman).

Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist, David Harewood, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh and Jeremy Jordan among others. The series returns to The CW on October 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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