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November 14, 2015
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I’ve added 59 HQ photos of Melissa filming Supergirl on October 28, 2015

 

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By renee
October 28, 2015
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Between new shows like Jessica Jones and Legends of Tomorrow, and the ever-expanding casts of Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and more, you can’t throw a rock at this year’s TV lineup without hitting a brand-new superhero. But none of those caped crusaders are under quite as much scrutiny as Melissa Benoist’s Kara Zor-El on Supergirl. When the show debuts Monday night on CBS, she will become the first female superhero to lead a show in nearly 40 years—yes, since Lynda Carter’sWonder Woman went off the air. Glee alum Benoist is naturally excited about all the buzz her show has generated and willingly embraces the role of vanguard in a new era of female comic-book characters, but she’s also hoping that one day we’ll focus more on the “super” and less on the “girl.”

“People are crazy for Kryptonians!” Benoist says of the hundreds of costumed people—men, women, and children alike—who flocked to her panel at San Diego’s Comic-Con this year. But along with that anticipation comes added pressure, on everything from the overall Superman legacy to that rite of passage for the modern filmed superhero: debuting the costume design online. Did Benoist think her costume was more heavily criticized than that of her male counterparts, like The Flash’s Grant Gustin or Arrow’s Stephen Amell? “It felt that way. It definitely did,” Benoist says. “You’re going to get some people who want it to be more revealing. Because it’s a girl and because they have different bodies than men I think people were really picky about it.”

The muted tones of the Colleen Atwood design are a palette match for Henry Cavill’s cinematic Superman, and there’s nothing about Benoist’s suit that plunges, clings, or hikes up. The skirt may be short, but the tights are opaque and further photos reveal a low, sensible heel on those red leather boots. Benoist thinks she made out much better than some female superheroes before her. “I think it’s modest in that you can believe someone could fight for their lives in that suit without having a wardrobe malfunction and something popping out. That’s what I never understood about Wonder Woman. I’m like, ‘How does she fight?’”

The online debate over Benoist’s costume was anticipated by a scene in the pilot, in a montage that recalls the famous “no capes!” scene from Pixar’s The Incredibles. When Kara Zor-El emerges with the bare torso so many costumed female fighters have had to endure in the past, her character says firmly while covering up her exposed skin, “I’m not flying around saving people in this. I wouldn’t even wear it to the beach.” Benoist says, “The moment in the two-piece, I think that was our nod to people who might want that, and that was their one chance to see it, and we’re never doing it again.”

It’s not the only meta-nod to the conversation around the show that made its way into the pilot. Calista Flockhart’s media-mogul character, Cat Grant ,is the one responsible for branding Kara as Supergirl. When the use of “girl” is questioned by Kara herself, Grant replies, “What do you think is so bad about ‘girl’? I’m a girl. And your boss, and powerful, and rich, and hot, and smart. So if you perceive ‘Supergirl’ as anything less than excellent, isn’t the real problem you?” It’s a little on the nose, but as Benoist points out “just the fact that Supergirl exists is feminist.”

If both Supergirl and its darker Netflix counterpart, Jessica Jones, are a hit with audiences, we can expect them to pave the way for even more on-screen female superheroes beyond the Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel films currently in the works at Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios. Of those long-awaited films, Benoist says, “I don’t really understand why people haven’t always been ready for this. I think there are so many really successful franchises right now like Hunger Games, and I was a huge Buffy fan. I wish there were more of a pattern and more of a consistency to there being really strong female-driven stories.”

And with that lack of consistency comes the major hype, and pressure, on something like Supergirl, where Kara Zor-El’s gender matters far more than it ever would for Superman. When asked if focusing so much on gender in Supergirl frustrated her, the actress replied, “You know, I hate to say that I do because I consider myself a feminist. I’m very proud to be a woman. But I do think focusing on it so much that you forget that it’s a story about humanity and what it means to be saving people’s lives. I don’t know if it’s frustrating, but I don’t know the word for it.”

As for the future of female superheroes in television, Benoist takes the long view. “Even after this show stops airing I hope that more and more strong females keep coming. If there were great parts for women on every other show then we wouldn’t even have to have this conversation at all.”

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October 28, 2015
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I’ve added over 1000 1080p captures of Melissa in the pilot episode of Supergirl to the gallery!

 

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Warner Bros. is looking to continue its streak of sleek, successful superhero shows with this fall’s Supergirl on CBS. Superman has always worked best as a TV show; Smallville, for instance, captured the character’s essence and motives much more effectively than Man of Steel. Hopefully his cousin will benefit from the same treatment. To prepare you for the series’ debut, EW has rounded up everything we know about Supergirl so far.

What’s it about?

Former Glee star Melissa Benoist stars as Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin who also rocketed to Earth from their dying home world Krypton years ago. When we join them on Earth in the present day, Superman is already the established hero we know and love, while Kara sweats her job as an office assistant while struggling with how to use her superpowers. The show will follow her journey toward becoming a powerful, righteous superhero in her own right.

Why not ‘Superwoman?’

The show’s producers have anticipated possible backlash against the show’s title from the beginning, pointing out that Supergirl and Superwoman are actually two different characters in the DC comic universe.

“We knew going in that Supergirl might imply a younger audience, but we felt we could take a powerful word back and participate in introducing that to a new generation and say that doesn’t just mean young or inconsequential,” executive producer Greg Berlanti said during a panel at the TCA press tour in August. “It should be strong and bold. That was our goal.”

Will we see Superman?

Superman is a known presence in the world of Supergirl; he’s a role model superhero, gives Kara the material for her cape, and even shows up for a few (heavily-backlit) seconds of the trailer. His presence, however, opens the show up to the classic problem of DC heroes: if you have Superman, why do you need anyone else? Apparently, the explanation for Supergirl’s necessity will be that Superman’s busy with other things most of the time. Executive producer Ali Adler told EW at Comic-Con that their portrayal of Superman is based on the President in Veep, who is mentioned often enough that his presence is felt, but rarely (if ever) seen.

 

So who IS on the show?

Superman or no Superman, Supergirl is already building up quite a deep cast. Kara’s foster parents are played by Helen Slater and former Superman Dean Cain. Chyler Leigh is playing Alex Danvers, Kara’s adoptive sister. Alex has a big role in the trailer; her plane going down is what finally inspires Kara to use her powers for good. This dynamic should help separate her story further than Clark Kent’s setup, now pretty familiar after 10 seasons of Smallville, and possibly give the show a dose of Frozen-like sisterly love. True Blood’s Mehcad Brooks is playing Jimmy (sorry, James) Olsen, typically known as “Superman’s best friend” but apparently pals with Supergirl too. Olsen is usually portrayed as a hapless, nerdy redhead, but Brooks’ version is a strapping young man and possible love interest for Kara. Still an award-winning photographer, though.

Calista Flockhart and David Harewood will play Kara’s different bosses in her different worlds. As Cat Grant, Flockhart (whom Berlanti begged to take the role) is a mean, demanding journalist for whom Kara has to fetch coffee and schedule meetings. As Hank Henshaw, Harewood is an operative of the Department of Extra-Normal Operations, coordinating with Kara to fight off dangerous alien invaders. No word yet on whether Henshaw will eventually transition to the villainous Cyborg Superman, his identity in the comics.

In addition to the regular cast, Supergirl will see some recurring appearances from various DC Universe characters. Peter Facinelli will play tech billionaire Maxwell Lord. Lord has a storied history in DC comics; he was once a good friend (and important financier) for the Justice League but eventually revealed himself as a villainous telepath, so there are plenty of story possibilities for the character in Supergirl.

In the tradition of shows like Smallville, Supergirl looks to adopt a villain-of-the-week format, at least for the beginning. Two such villains, the mutated insect Hellgrammite and the nuclear-powered Reactron, are already confirmed (portrayed by Justice Leak and Chris Browning, respectively).

In the third episode, Jenna Dewan Tatum will show up as Lucy Lane, Lois’ sister, who has a history with Olsen. Her father, General Sam Lane, is not far behind her. Glenn Morshower will be playing the old soldier who enlists Kara “in a dangerous government initiative,” according to Variety. General Lane will also have a connection to the Red Tornado, an android with the power to create powerful winds. Actor Iddo Goldberg will portray both Tornado and his mad scientist creator, T.O. Morrow. It remains to be seen, of course, whether Supergirl’s Red Tornado will prove able to overcome his programming and become a true superhero like his comics counterpart. With all these Lanes running around, it’s probably only a matter of time until we meet Lois herself, but that role remains uncast.

Finally, it’s possible that Laura Vandervoort, who portrayed Kara Zor-El on Smallville, may make a cameo in this Supergirl.

Will we see a crossover with Arrow and/or The Flash?

Greg Berlanti, the producer behind Arrow and The Flash, is also involved with Supergirl, which creates the tantalizing prospect of a crossover. Of course, since Supergirl is on CBS proper rather than the CW, this is a bit more logistically complicated than just having Grant Gustin’s Flash pop up in an Arrow episode. For now, the shows will cross over only in united promotional campaigns, according to CBS brass. We’ll have to wait and see how Supergirl might intersect with the Berlantiverse, which will soon include DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as well.

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