When Greg Berlanti announced plans to take an iteration of Supergirl out to the networks, it seemed inevitable that the series would land at The CW alongside Arrow and The Flash. However, in a surprising turn, the adaptation went to the network’s parent company, CBS, which currently doesn’t have a comic-book adaptation to speak of on their slate. Since then, the big question has been, who’s going to play the famed hero? Well, thanks to TV Line, we now have our answer.
According to the outlet, Glee’s Melissa Benoist has been set as the series’ lead, marking the second time a Glee alum has been cast as a DC character. (Grant Gustin, aka The Flash‘s lead, Barry Allen, had a turn on Glee as well.) As per TV Line, the log line for the series reads as follows: “Kara Zor-El escaped her home planet of Krypton amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she has concealed the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now, at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.”
What has us intrigued is the line “she has concealed the powers she shares with her famous cousin.” While there’s been no indication of Superman making an appearance in the series, this line does leave the possibility open for such an appearance. Of course that would open up a whole other can of worms as DC and Warner Bros. have been adamant about keeping its big and small screen worlds separate – even going so far as to keep shows appearing on different networks separate from one another. If Superman were to appear on Supergirl, it’s doubtful it would be the Henry Cavill version.
TV Line’s report goes on to state roles that still need to be filled include Kara’s foster sister, Alex; Cat Grant, CEO of CatCo; CatCo colleagues James Olsen and Wynn Schott and Hank Henshaw, the director of the the DEO (Department of Extra-Normal Operations).
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