Supergirl is the latest DC Comics character to receive a TV treatment, with Melissa Benoist playing Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, on the upcoming CBS TV show. A Fall 2015 premiere date has already been set by parent network CBS, and with the most recent trailer promising to tell the story of Kara to new and old Supergirl fans alike, the DC Comics property is aiming to start its first season on the right foot.
Melissa Benoist is no stranger to the basic structure of the situation comedy (as can be seen in her work on Glee), and she appears right at home in a similar setting in the latest footage to be released from CBS. Check it out, above.
In the newest Supergirl TV promo (from ET), Kara Danvers is depicted as a shy, mousey office dweller (like her cousin Clark Kent), who appears troubled when her boss, Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), labels her superhero alter ego as a “girl” instead of a “woman.” This comedy of errors sequence has been depicted in previous trailers for the TV show, but here it’s separated from the series pilot’s (admittedly) more impressive action-packed beats and scene clips depicting Kara’s super-heroic deeds.
In related news, TV Line is reporting that super-villain Reactron (featured in the DC comics as a nuclear-powered, exoskeletal madman, who killed Kara’s parents) will appear sometime around the third episode of Supergirl season one, bringing trouble with him wherever he goes. It’s probable that he will be one of the extraterrestrial threats to have made it to Earth alluded to in the Supergirl pilot, when Kara meets up with Department of Extra-Normal Operations head Hank Henshaw (David Harewood).
Fingers cross, CBS will tell the story of Kara Zor-El faithfully and in an entertaining manner in Supergirl, with co-creator Greg Berlanti (and his collaborators) having learned valuable lessons from their time working on The CW’s DC Comics’ TV adaptations of Arrow and The Flash (also both co-created by Berlanti). Superman is a very familiar character to the masses at this point, but perhaps his younger cousin will be a breath of fresh air – one who keeps the people of National City safe, in the process.
Supergirl premieres on CBS at 8:30 p.m. EST on October 26th, 2015. It will air at 8 p.m. EST on Mondays thereafter.