The Flash and Arrow executive producer Greg Berlanti’s Supergirl adaptation for CBS is up, up, and away! Network chairman Nina Tassler described the series’ genesis at the TCA Winter Press Tour today in Pasadena. Here’s what she told us at the event…
“As you can tell from the strength of the female characters we have on television, said Tassler, “it’s a real passion of ours. We heard the pitch to Supergirl and we realized that she embodied so many of the qualities and the characteristics of classic female heroines on this network, and we think that it is a story and a coming-of-age opportunity for us. We also just fell in love with the pitch. We think she’s a great character, and I love the superhero genre.”
When asked whether the show will be at home on CBS, a network whose dramas are often procedurals, the chairman remarked, “I remember when I was at Warner Bros., we developed The New Adventures of Superman. I was working on Lois & Clark for ABC. There’s a human drama there, and I think that there is, certainly in terms of the public, we know that films, there are so many superhero characters portrayed in films, but I think we’re watching an evolution with regard to the way superhero characters are portrayed. There’s a humanity. They are flawed. There’s a relatability. And I think for our network right now, what we did respond to was the character’s humanity, the other characters in the show as well, the story trajectory and the character’s arc and growth. These are all things that made her just eminently relatable and made the story exciting, made it an adventure and made her incredibly appealing. We made the decision based on the pitch that we heard.”
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