'Supergirl' Fave Floriana Lima Trades DC for Marvel, Joins 'The Punisher' Season 2
Fans who were shipping Supergirl's #Sanvers pairing—Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima) and Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh)—were heartbroken when the characters ultimately separated over the issue of wanting children (and because in real life Lima was leaving the show as a regular). Their final goodbyes came in a Season 3 episode that aired this past November.
Supergirl EP Andrew Kreisberg told TV Insider after that episode that Lima had expressed being open to returning to the series "at a later date when we can all work it out." That might not be any time soon, however, as the actress is now trading a DC Comics series for a Marvel Comics one—she has been cast in Season 2 of Marvel's The Punisher, according to an announcement from Netflix on Monday.
In the series based on Marvel's titular anti-hero (real name Frank Castle, played by Jon Bernthal), Lima will play Krista Dumont, described as a "smart, compassionate and driven psychotherapist for military veterans."
This announcement was accompanied by other Season 2 casting news for the show—Josh Stewart (USA's Shooter series, Insidious: The Last Key) will portray John Pilgrim, "a man whose calm exterior belies a ruthless interior ... Despite having left behind a life of violence, circumstances will force him to use his old skills and bring him into Frank Castle's world."
Also cast in the new season is Giorgia Whigham (13 Reasons Why) as Amy Bendix, "a street-smart grifter with a mysterious past."
Jeph Loeb, executive producer of The Punisher and head of Marvel Television, said in the annoucement that, "Josh, Floriana and Giorgia are all remarkable talents and we can’t wait for the audience to see what we have in store for them in the second season of Marvel’s The Punisher."
Along with Bernthal as the title character, Season 2 of The Punisher will also feature the returns of Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani and Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle.