When Sterling Gates and Jamal Igle were first announced as the new creative team on Supergirl, one of the things they said they were hoping to do was to expand Supergirl's rogue's gallery. Since then we have seen the addition of Reactron and Superwoman as Supergirl-centric villains. I also count Silver Banshee as a Supergirl rogue as it somehow feels as though she morphed into a Supergirl villain. And we know that Bizarro Supergirl is coming soon.
Since all of the above mentioned villains except Silver Banshee are in some way a re-imagining of older Supergirl villains, I thought it was time to run a new poll.
Which old Supergirl villain(s) do you want to see updated and reimagined for this Supergirl? Unfortunately, there just aren't that many villains who have a long history with Supergirl. Frankly, none of them are extremely memorable and some would really need to be polished to fit 21st century comics sensibilities.
1) Lesla Lar - First seen way back in Action Comics #279, Lesla Lar was the equivalent of Supergirl's Lex Luthor. She was an incredible scientist in Kandor who used her incredible devices to brainwash Supergirl and then ultimately take Kara's place on Earth. She was vaporized by Phantom Zone villains she released when she prepared to take over Earth. She was subsequently seen as a disembodied wraith in the early 80s Superman Family.
While only in a handful of issues, she was the main villain in a long (for back then) arc in Action Comics. And the fact that she was seen again in Superman Family is a plus as it puts her in the rare company of repeat Supergirl villains.
2) Black Flame - I have talked about Zora before here. Another evil Kandorian scientist (and apprentice to Lesla Lar), she also tried to destroy Supergirl ... first psychologically and then physically. Ultimately, her super-powers are removed when Kara exposes her to Gold Kryptonite. Of course, that didn't take away her scientific genius.
Black Flame was featured twice more, making her a true Supergirl rogue. She was seen in Adventure Comics #400 and then in the Krypton Chronicles mini-series.
3) Nasty Luthor - Lex's evil niece, Nasthalthia was first seen in Adventure Comics #397 as a gang leader on Stanhope campus. During that Adventure Comics run, she ends up working with Linda as a news reporter/camera person and is hell-bent on proving that Linda is Supergirl. She has nothing in terms of powers or abilities other than her wickedness.
She then showed up in Grant Morrison's All-Star Superman as a goth-girl with a weapons/death fetish.
4) Starfire - First seen in Adventure Comics #402, Starfire was an organized crime leader with significant connections. She had scientists on her payroll who created a de-powering pill which Supergirl is tricked into ingesting leading to a too long arc where Supergirl is stuck wearing a Kandorian exo-skeleton that mimics her powers. Like Nasty, she has no specific powers other than malice. She is a charismatic leader with many followers and she is shown to be a decent martial artist.
Given her presence in many issues of that Adventure run, she is a true Silver Age rogue.
5) Psi - The main villain in the first issues of The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl, Psi had tremendous psionic powers which were able to incapacitate Kara. Given the nature of her powers, she could be a formidable foe to any incarnation of Supergirl.
6) The Gang - Another set of villains from the Daring New Adventures, The Gang were four orphans who developed powers and became a crime family. Brains is a highly intelligent and a brilliant strategist. Ms. Mesmer had super-hypnosis powers which even effected Supergirl. And Bulldozer and Kong both are standard tanks with super-strength although not in Kryptonian class levels. A whole team to thwart Supergirl might be a nice addition to her gallery.
7) Blackstarr - Another brilliant scientist, Blackstarr was able to unravel the mysteries of the Unified Theory of physics which basically gave her control over the universe. She battled Supergirl several times in the Daring New Adventures run and was the villain in Supergirl's last pre-Crisis story in DC Comics Presents #86. A possible update of Blackstarr was already seen in the Geoff Johns' written Action Comics #850. Certainly, Blackstarr has the power to battle Supergirl.
8) Other - Supergirl has battled many villains in her history but often for only one story. Do any of them stand out for you? Maybe Nightflame (seen above), the physical incarnation of the evil in Supergirl's soul as seen in Adventure Comics #421? The Superman villain The Master Jailer who fought her in Superman Family #219-221? Some version of Satan Girl? The Carnivean from PAD's Supergirl?
I'm a bit partial to the Daring New run, so it may be over-represented here. As always, I'd love to hear what people have to say about their votes.