'Supergirl' Preview: Kara's Life Becomes a "Menagerie" As New Heroes, Villains Rise [VIDEO, IMAGES]

The Girl of Steel makes her return to the CW on Sunday, February 17 with a new episode of Supergirl, "Menagerie." As the title implies, we're introduced to the eponymous new supervillain (Jessica Meraz), and we're getting the return of Agent Liberty (Sam Witwer) as well as a coming-out party for Nia Nal (Nicole Maines) in hero persona Dreamer. So let's start with Nia/Dreamer, who in our last episode was given a binder full of suit ideas by Brainy as she looked for inspiration in her mother's old clothes:

Pictured: Nicole Maines as Nia Nal/Dreamer — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Now that's quite a look!

It's unclear how much we'll see her suited up in this episode (remember the current anti-alien hysteria and the DEO demanding to know the secret identity of any superhero they work with?), but we'll be getting a lot of Nia and Kara (Melissa Benoist) working together at Catco Worldwide Media.

Pictured (L-R): Nicole Maines as Nia Nal and Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl — Photo: Kailey Schwerman/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Pictured (L-R): Nicole Maines as Nia Nal and Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl — Photo: Kailey Schwerman/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Pictured (L-R): Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl and Nicole Maines as Nia Nal — Photo: Kailey Schwerman/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

One of the best moments so far this season was Kara realizing the need to mentor young Nia at work: "Oh, she's me!" Now that this is going to become a superhero relationship as well, it's bound to get even more interesting…

Next up, we have Kara and J'onn (David Harewood) spending some friendly quality time in the office:

Pictured: David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J'•onn J'•onzz — Photo: Kailey Schwerman/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Pictured (L-R): Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J'•onn J'onzz — Photo: Kailey Schwerman/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Pictured: Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl — Photo: Kailey Schwerman/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

He seems pretty happy to be there, but I'm not sure exactly what he's doing at Catco. Maybe there are some clues here, as it seems that Kara (and not Supergirl) is accompanying Alex and Brainy on some sort of investigation where they encounter Menagerie for the first time. It appears Kara is using her cover as a reporter and J'onn is working with them to bridge that partnership.

Pictured: Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers — Photo: Kailey Schwerman/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Pictured (L-R): David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J'•onn J'•onzz, Jesse Rath as Brainiac-5 and Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl — Photo: Kailey Schwerman/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Pictured (L-R): Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J'•onn J'•onzz, Jesse Rath as Brainiac-5, Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl and Jessica Meraz as Pamela Ferrar/Menagerie — Photo: Kailey Schwerman/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Pictured (L-R): Jessica Meraz as Pamela Ferrar/Menagerie, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Jesse Rath as Brainiac-5, Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J'onn J'•onzz — Photo: Kailey Schwerman/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

In those last two images, we get our first look at Pamela Ferrar/Menagerie (and will get to see her in action at that party/gala) – and it looks like she's about to have a serious face-to-face with a party-crashing Supergirl:

supergirl s4e12 menagerie preview
Pictured: Jessica Meraz as Pamela Ferrar/Menagerie — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Pictured: Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

All of these offer some clues, but more mystery as we still don't know exactly who Menagerie is or what she wants. In the comics, she was an ally of Manchester Black as a member of The Elite – but we don't see him anywhere here. We do see the return of Agent Liberty in the following promo, though…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xa6KPgm18Js

Agent Liberty and the hatred he represents is the true villain this season, so it will be interesting to see how things progress with him in jail – and with his family carrying on in his name?

Supergirl returns to the CW on Sunday, February 17, at 8 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CT.

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