Granted, with Cat Grant also in the show, that's a lot of Superman mythos women with a "bad rep", and I don't expect the show to practice character assassination on too many female characters. I just wouldn't do. But I would still love for Lucy and Jimmy to have had an unhealthy relationship in the past. Like Silver Age Lucy, I want her to stick a dagger into Jimmy's heart each time he sees her, probably with another man on her arm, or TWIST maybe she came out of the closet since they dated and it hurts his manhood deep. SOMETHING to make Jimmy miserable. Because that's what Lucy is for.
Producer Ali Adler has said she won't be a romantic foil, because they want to explore a Jimmy-Kara thing, and she's a "woman's woman". None of that contradicts my ideas about the character. If you're going to use Lucy, I think she deserves better than to be either a reminder that the show can't use Lois, or an open door for General Lane to walk through!