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Dr. Eliza Danvers is a bio-engineer, the wife of Jeremiah Danvers, the mother of Alex Danvers and the adoptive mother of Kara Danvers.


Early life

Eliza Danvers was a brilliant scientist living with her husband Jeremiah Danvers in small town of Midvale. She, along with her husband, helped Superman understand his own abilities at one point in time. Together they had a daughter, Alex Danvers.[1]

Taking in Kara

Danvers family

Eliza and Jeremiah Danvers welcomes Kara into their family.

When Superman discovered that his cousin Kara Zor-El had arrived on Earth, she and her husband took Kara into their home.[1]

Losing Jeremiah

Eliza asked Jeremiah to come in to keep her company while she wrote her dissertation. They later caught Kara and Alex sneaking back in, after the two went flying. Eliza, along with Jeremiah, lectured the girls on the danger of what they had done, with Eliza coming down particularly hard on Alex, as she was supposed to be Kara's big sister. They soon after sent the girls up to their room after hearing a knock on their door. Answering it, they were introduced to Hank Henshaw of the D.E.O. who wanted to study Kara, as Superman refused to cooperate with them. However, Jeremiah offered to work for the organization and provide it with all of his research instead. Jeremiah later died working for the organization, and she told Kara and Alex that he died in a plane crash.[2]

Visiting National City

Eliza later visited National City for Thanksgiving, blaming Alex for not stopping Kara from revealing her superpowers. At a Thanksgiving dinner, Eliza commented on Alex's wine consumption, and later became outraged when Alex revealed to her that she worked for the D.E.O..
Eliza and Alex

Mother-daughter speech.

After several blackouts caused by Livewire, Eliza had a heart-to-heart with Alex, revealing why she was so tough on her in comparison to the way she was with Kara. The next day before she left, Eliza told both Alex and Kara that she was proud of them, though she told Kara that there was room for improvement as Supergirl. She then revealed to them that Jeremiah had died working for the D.E.O. under Hank Henshaw, and not in a plane crash as they had been told.[2]


After they have become fugitive, Alex and J'onn comes in Eliza's house and learn about what is happening in National City. After that, Alex and J'onn went back there to help Kara, however, Non managed to put her under the control of Myriad, forcing her to fight Kara with the intention toto kill her.[3]
Alex told her mother that her father is alive

Alex told her mother that her father is alive.

Alex almost did it, but was stopped by her mother (who was taken in the city by J'onn) who told her that she believed in her, snapping her out of the mind control.

Later, Alex told her mother that her father is alive and is in a secret laboratory named Cadmus, from where they intend go to save him. After Supergirl saved the Earth, Eliza was present at Kara's apartment during the celebratory dinner they were having. Thought it was interrupted by a pod flying in the sky catching their attention, causing Kara and J'onn to leave to check it out.[4]

Medusa virus

Kara prepares to toast at Thanksgiving

Eliza spend Thanksgiving with her daughters and their friends.

Eliza returns in National City to celebrate Thanksgiving with her daughters and Kara introduces her to the Mon-El, who immediately tries to get close to her, prompting Kara to think he is trying to hit on her adoptive mother, however Eliza told her he is acting that way because he likes Kara. After Mon-El contracted the Medusa virus at the bar, Eliza examines him and informs the others that despite his condition being stable, he was infected, and that the virus is not transmitted between organisms. She also adds that the protein structure of the virus indicates that the virus is from Krypton. Later she reported that if they don't find a cure, the virus will kill him.
Alex comes out to Eliza

Alex comes out to Eliza.

Kara gives her a crystal from the Fortress containing the information about the virus, and Eliza with Alex started to work on a way to cure Mon-El.

Later, Alex managed to come out as a lesbian to Eliza, saying that she was afraid to disappoint her, however Eliza replied that she could never and embraced her. The next day, Eliza create a cure saving Mon-El's life and draining J'onn's blood from all the White Martian's blood cells, returning him to his normal Green Martian form.[5]



Season 1

Season 2


Adventures of Supergirl

Behind the scenes

  • In the DC comics, Kara's adoptive mother was named Edna Danvers in the Silver Age, before the later, more recent version was renamed Sylvia Danvers.
    • Eliza Danvers, an in-part original character specifically created for the show, was incorporated into the DC comic book universe, first appearing along with Supergirl in Superman/Wonder Woman #29 (July, 2016). Starting with Supergirl: Rebirth (October, 2016), she along with her husband, are introduced as agents of the D.E.O. and the adoptive parents of a teenage Kara Danvers.
  • Helen Slater previously portrayed Supergirl in the 1984 film of the same name. She also previously portrayed Clark Kent's kryptonian mother, Lara, in the television show Smallville.


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