It’s the golden age of the superhero and superheroine! Tons of TV shows and movies featuring DC and Marvel’s best characters are being greenlit. Yet another has been confirmed.
The first season of Supergirl will soon be airing on CBS. The channel gave the first series slot for its new 2015-16 season to Supergirl.
Who Will Star in Supergirl?
Melissa Benoist – of Glee and Whiplash fame – will be filling the role of Supergirl. Greg Berlanti from Warner Bros. TV will be executive producing.
This is the third DC Comics series that Berlanti successfully adapted for TV. His portfolio includes CW’s Arrow and The Flash. Currently, CW is working on another Flash spinoff.
Supergirl will follow Kara Danvers/Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, at age 24, from the moment she first decides to embrace her superhuman powers. After escaping Krypton, she hides her abilities for quite some time. The TV show will see her growing into those powers and becoming the beloved superhero we all know and love.
The rest of the cast includes:
- Calista Flockhart – Cat Grant, Kara’s boss at CatCo
- Mehcad Brooks – Jimmy Olsen, Kara’s love interest
- Chyler Leigh – Alex Danvers, Kara’s doctor sister
- Dean Cain – Fred Danvers, Kara’s adopted father
- David Harewood – Hank Henshaw or Cyborg, series antagonist
- Laura Benanti – Alura Zor-El, Kara’s birth mother
- Robert Gant – Zor-El, Kara’s birth father
- Malina Weissman – Young Kara Zor-El, Kara as a child
Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, and Andrew Kreisberg wrote the pilot script and all will serve as executive producers in addition to Sarah Schechter. Glen Winter, directed the pilot – you may know him for his past work with The Flash and Arrow.
Supergirl was originally rumored to air on CW, but it looks like CBS wanted in on the action.
Will Supergirl Tie In to the Other DC Movie or TV Universes?
With the way The Flash has incorporated characters from Arrow — and seeing as the same showrunners are involved — it’s likely that we’ll see a Supergirl crossover episode or two. How exactly the superheroine will tie-in to the greater universe, there’s no way to know at this point. We just know it’s going to happen.
In issue # 16 of The New 52 — H’el on Earth — Supergirl aids the mysterious Kryptonian H’el, which actually culminates in a battle against The Justice League, including The Flash. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s a pretty sick crossover. Check it out.
Perhaps we’ll see something similar for the Supergirl series?