I’ve added 9 HQ photos of Melissa filming Supergirl on March 10, 2015
Supergirl, the Kryptonian superhero cousin to Superman, is getting her own show on CBS, which hasn’t seen a superhero show in 25 years.
A fictional superhero that belongs to the DC Comics Universe, Supergirl’s real name is Kara Zor-El and hails from Krypton, the same home planet as her famous relative the Man of Steel.
With this news, there are a thousand reasons to be excited about the new show, but here are four definite ones.
1. SERIOUS ACTING & SERIOUS TALENT
First, searching for someone to play the lead role has not been an easy one for CBS, with expectations high to find an actress worthy of the part.
“She’s got to be specific,” Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment has said at TCA. “She’s got to be a terrific actor…it’s looking for someone who embodies both the freshness and the exuberance of being a young woman in today’s challenging climate and being someone who can carry this kind of series on her shoulders. It’s a big, big show.”
In the end, the network went with Melissa Benoist, whose coming fresh off of the show “Glee” and the Academy Award-nominated film “Whiplash.”
This also means that we’re getting an actor with some serious acting chops, and who knows, maybe we’ll get a musical episode of “Supergirl” one day.
In addition to Benoist, actor Mechad Brooks from “True Blood” has been cast to play James Olsen in the series, a young photojournalist in the DC Universe.
2. DC COMICS CROSSOVER POTENTIAL
Next, with Supergirl belonging to the same universe as The Flash and Green Arrow, the chances of a crossover between “Supergirl” on CBS and “The Flash” and “Arrow” on sister network The CW are extremely high.
Who doesn’t want to see a massive superhero mash-up on television; especially when the former two shows have done so well?
3. THE PERFECT STORY ARC
The official description of the new “Supergirl” show reads: “Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding 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.”
CBS has stated the series will be a crime procedural, meaning we’ll probably see Supergirl picking off a bad guy each week, but combined with her backstory, CBS has stated that there will be some “serialized story elements.”
In other words, this could be the perfect mix of self-contained episodes that also manage to speak to a larger story arc; something television has been badly missing.
4. BETTER THAN SUPERGIRL THE MOVIE
Finally, this isn’t the first time Supergirl has been made into a viable form of media, but our fingers are crossed that this version of the super-powered heroine will be a far cry from the 1984 film “Supergirl” starring Helen Slater and Faye Dunaway.
CBS has officially found its Supergirl. After months of speculation, the network has tapped actress Melissa Benoist to play the titular hero in its small screen version of the iconic DC Comics story.
The hourlong drama, produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash), centers on Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, who was born on the planet Krypton but escaped amid its destruction years ago. After arriving on Earth, she was taken in by a foster family, the Danvers, who taught her to be careful about exposing her extraordinary abilities. Now at age 24, Kara is finally ready to start embracing her powers and use them to help the people of her city.
For Benoist, the highly anticipated Supergirl project will mark her first leading role on screen. The 26-year-old actress made her film debut in the 2008 Mariah Carey film, Tennessee, and has appeared in episodes of various shows, including Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, The Good Wife, and Homeland. But it wasn’t until 2012 that she got her big break, playing Marley Rose on Fox’s Glee. Benoist joined the musical cast during season four, after many of the show’s original characters either moved to New York or left the show altogether, and reprised the role during the show’s fifth season as well.
Since then, she has continued to break out, nabbing a supporting role in last year’s critically acclaimed indie film Whiplash (an Oscar-nominated picture). Now, having a high-profile leading role in one of Hollywood’s most popular genres, the actress could soon become a household name.
Per Deadline, the project underwent a lengthy casting process, bringing in several on-the-rise actresses in the appropriate age range to test for the lead. Benoist edged out the likes of Vampire Diaries’ Claire Holt and Once Upon a Time’s Elizabeth Lail, both of whom were also reportedly considered for the part. The actress shared her excitement on her social media account, tweeting, “But seriously, sans emoji… I AM SO EXCITED! #Supergirl.”
Supergirl received a hefty series commitment from CBS back in September. The drama will be penned by Berlanti and Ali Adler (No Ordinary Family), both of whom will also exec-produce alongside Sarah Schechter of Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV.
The show, which will mark the first superhero series on CBS in 25 years, comes after the other major networks have already jumped on the comic bandwagon. The CW has both of Berlanti’s other superhero-themed vehicles, Arrow and The Flash, both of which have already been renewed for their next season. Fox has found success with its Batman prequel Gotham — which premiered this past fall after receiving a series commitment, like Supergirl. NBC gave it a shot with their Hellblazer take Constantine, although the series will end after 13 episodes. Meanwhile, ABC has Agents of SHIELD and the recently premiered miniseries, Agent Carter. Netflix is also kicking off a slate of four new Marvel series in April with Daredevil.
The show is still working on rounding out the rest of its cast. Aside from her forthcoming turn as Supergirl, Benoist also has roles in two upcoming films: The indie comedy drama Danny Collins, and the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride, both scheduled to hit theaters this year.
Melissa Benoist got her break when she was cast as a female lead in the William McKinley High School storyline on Glee when most of the Fox dramedy’s original stars saw their characters either move to New York or leave the show.
Now Benoist has landed an even higher-profile leading role that could make her a household name overnight — she has been cast in the title role of CBS’ pilot Supergirl.
Based on the characters from DC Comics, the project, from Warner Bros. TV and studio-based Berlanti Prods., centers on Kara Zor-El (Benoist). Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin, Superman. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
Written by Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler, the project went through an extensive casting process, with several young actresses testing for the lead. Benoist had been consistently in the mix, first alongside Claire Holt and more recently considered along with Elizabeth Lail.
Benoist, repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Setz, has a supporting role in the feature Whiplash, which is nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. She will next be seen in the film The Longest Ride, opposite Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood.